Hi. My name is J.P. Kallio. I know, a bit of a tongue twister.
You know that country up there in the north stuck between Sweden and Russia. Country of thousand lakes that brought us Nokia, Moomins, Angry birds, Linux, and quite few formula one drivers. Yes, it gets cold there in winter, no we don’t have polar bears, Summers are warm, and the real Santa Claus lives in the north of Finland. That’s all I have to say about that.
Back in 1996, only about a month after my 21st birthday, I moved over to Ireland and Dublin has been my home ever since. I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs since I was a little boy. I’ve been playing music full-time for most of my adult life. At this point, it’s pretty much the only thing I know how to do. I’ve played in several bands over the years, Tre, Boneyard Bastards, Liberty Hell and Sliotar, who I have been touring, and playing shows with for 18 years.
But in 2014 I felt like I wasn’t getting enough of my songs out and I decided to write, record and release one song every week. 2014 came and went, I released 52 songs, four albums, and an EP. You can check them out HERE. The feedback was so incredible that I could not stop there. I went on to record 156 songs in three years, without missing a single week.
In 2017-2018 a new opportunity came knocking which I wanted to explore. A friend of mine, Rory O’Farrell had a startup company called Melosity. Melosity was an online platform that was trying to enable musicians to connect and collaborate all around the world. With the experience gained from the years of being an independent artist, I was able to jump in and take over Melosity’s social media and content marketing efforts. I am very proud of the work the team did and especially proud of the marketing teams efforts through the blog. But as is the case with so many startups, in the early days of 2019, Melosity ran out of funding and sadly we had to give up the dream of connecting musicians globally.
Working in a startup was crazy at the best of times. Long hours, days and weeks. But still, in the middle of it all, I still managed to make time to play sessions or shows, pretty much every day of the week. I still tried to find time for my other passions, which are photography, making videos and travelling. At the end of the startup journey, I once again felt the desire to create more. As fun as the experience had been, the jugling finally had stopped me creating regularly. So at the beginning of 2019 I set out to post a new video on my YouTube Channel every Monday, of me singing a song. Now I am again busy on both Instagram and YouTube, both documenting my travels and music-related stuff.
If you want to book me for a Show in your venue, festival, bar, home, garden party, feature my music on your blog, website, magazine, or just talk in general about songwriting don’t hesitate to get in contact. I am deeply interested in marketing in a meaningful way. If you offer value, but struggle to tell your story and get it in front of people, I might just be the guy you want to talk to. If you like my blog posts, I can also cover songwriting, online and independent music business in speaking engagements.
Tel: +353-87-247 6034