L.A.'s Best Breakout Music Acts of 2012
While violins are normally referenced to classical, jazz or folk music styles, musician and composer Josh Vietti has utilized the bowed strings to create a hip, crowd-pleasing universe that synthesizes to perfection the trend-setting resonance of the baroque and classical eras with the memorable melodies of modern-day pop culture.
Prior to fiddling his way onto such television broadcasts as CBS7 and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” this musical prodigy was taking his masterstrokes directly to the streets, where he worked for a while as a performer on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, an entertainment complex that allows emerging artists to showcase their talent to strolling visitors.
Vietti’s decision to transform the seaside city’s center of business into his personal concert hall was a wise one.
The virtuoso reportedly sold nearly 50,000 demo CDs from the trunk of his car.
Vietti, who started strumming and plucking the violin at age 4, worked his dexterous fingers like none other to earn a prestigious scholarship at the age of 7 to study for 10 years with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Mischa Lefkowitz.
Vietti’s chest-thumping, foot-stomping and finger-snapping technique to incorporate country, gospel, pop, jazz and hip-hop into his brilliant routine has placed this whiz of music arrangement into a pulsating category all his own.
Vietti’s latest album, “Best of Both Worlds,” was released in 2012 and is available on iTunes. Influenced by composers Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi, this accomplished violinist has opened for R&B recording artist Ne-Yo and multi-Grammy-winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Earth, Wind & Fire.
Moreover, Vietti recently completed a nationwide 80-date college tour and is slated to perform for scores of additional institutions of higher learning when he hits the road again in 2013.
Although violin strings may have a limited lifespan, this is not the projected situation for Vietti’s meteoric trajectory. As long as this polished hip-hop and pop performer has an audience of any demographic, he will thrill, stimulate, inspire and leave the masses craving more.
To read about the other top performers who have been declared L.A.'s best breakout music acts of 2012, go to CBS Los Angeles.