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Starving Artist Joel Janchenko

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Joel Janchenko

Major: Associates
of Fine Art

Age: 20

City: Indian Head Park


How would you describe
your art?

Art and music are a culmination of creativity and I search for the exploration of sound to see what boundaries have been crossed, what history has been written and what hasn’t been developed yet. It’s like a space age Goodwill store. My art consists of unique self-disciplined doodles. I’m the drummer in Wednesday small group jazz class and in a Wednesday community big band, which is a club here. I am also in another group which plays funk metal and it’s called $plor! It’s new and developing and it’s a fusion of genres. I am a jazz drummer who loves funk. Some of the other members like metal. We all like different things so it’s a potpourri of sound. I also play the kalimba and do solo projects.


Where do you find

Everywhere. Nature…the streets…I find inspiration in the fact that everyday is a new day and a day to keep pushing yourself and whether you stay with a concept for a week or keep changing it up, it’s about not falling behind and not looking at anyone else but focusing on what I do and how to get better at it. I also get inspiration from music and listening to everything.


What do you love
about your art?

I love that it allows me to express myself completely. No one is telling me what to do. It’s just me and my heart and sometimes my legs and my feet. I really also like that it allows your mind to stay active and it’s exploring what your body and mind can do.


What do you hate
about your art?

I hate when people tell you to do something a certain way and look past the beauty unfolding in front of them. I wish people would take things for what they are instead of saying “you could do this a different way.”


How did you get your start?

I’ve been drumming ever since I could walk. I’ve often thought I was born with drumsticks in my hands. I learned by carrying drumsticks everywhere. I didn’t even have drums because I lived in a townhouse. I carried them and drummed on garbage cans and figured out all these different sounds. I began with self-disciplined doodles that became something nice to look at. I kept drawing until I figured out my own style.



People you admire?

Benny Grab, Jojo Mayer, Adam Deitch, Keith Moon, Jimmy Cobb and Buddy Rich. They’re all influential drummers in their field. The first 3 are all current drummers rocking it day in and day out all around the world. They inspire me because I look at them and think, “they did it, I could do that too.” The last 3 are heroes of drumming; they’re the all-time greats. I love Keith Moon because he’s the reason I started drumming. His explosive style was the foundation of why I started playing.


Plans after COD?

I have a good GPA so I’m going to look at a music college. My aspirations are to go away to a music college and continue to play every single day. My passion will be my drive to get wherever I want to go. I want to go anywhere where I can just play 24/7.


What are some of your
other hobbies?

Drumming takes over my entire life but besides that I like kicking it with my jam buddies and working through rhythms. Just continuing to be courteous day in and day out because people are cool. Every single day I drum. When I go home today I’m going to practice for 4 hours and there’s nothing I’d rather do. Continuing to learn is a hobby. I watch dvds and read books about drumming and that takes a lot of time. I am always discovering who I am by playing the kalimba.

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About the author

Courtney Clark was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the College of DuPage Courier in Fall 2012 and now works as the Graphics Editor. She worked on her high school newspaper for two years and last year wrote for the Courier a few times. She also has her own blog and writes about contemporary art. After COD, she plans to transfer to a University in New York to major in Journalism/Communications. Contact Courtney graphics@cod.edu 630-942-3113

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