Chasing The Dream Without Sacrificing Family, 'Driven' Singer-Songwriter, Artie Tobia


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Artie Tobia is a prolific singer-songwriter, with a catalog of over 100 songs he has written over the past two decades, while performing over 200 nights a year. Continually working on his craft, his fourth album Aberdeen was the CD of the month pick by Thomas Greener of KVMR Los Angeles and and his 5th album, Driven, hit # 2 on the APD Americana National Album Chart in January, when it was released. He has opened for the iconic Tanya Tucker Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer, Dr.John, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, POCO and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others. But what's most astounding is that he's managed to do all of this while raising three incredibly successful kids, holding a job in the New York City Public School system, where he is currently a Crisis Manger (in the Bronx) and getting his Masters degree as well as his Administrative License. Oh, and he authored a book about classroom management called Chasing Down the C.A.T..

We talk work ethic, balance, focus, reality and how to work toward one's dreams by chipping away one day at a time until the dam breaks.


Process of making his new album, (6:24). Getting 14 songs in 15 hours, (9:19). “There’s a tendency to give away your creativity to someone who you think is an expert.”, (11:55). Ending up with a record with no regrets, (14:50). “Nobody else is responsible to fulfill my dream.”, (15:19). Having a certain sense to separate yourself from the product to produce yourself, (18:12). An abundance mentality, 20:26). Managing his time with recording an album, touring and taking care of his family, (23:22). “What drives me is that I want to make a difference for people and make an impact.”, (25:18). Playing a role in the education system, (27:29). Intensity of the work as a Crisis Manager in the Bronx, (29:28). Similarity between his roles as an educator and a musician, (29:51). Recognizing himself as a service-minded person with age, (30:36). Contrasting a disciplinary versus a behavioral specialist, (34:21). “The most important thing I’ve learned from both of my worlds is accept and forgive.”, (36:38). Possessing the ability to sit down and talk with anyone , (40:38). “Being an independent artist is hard work.”, (44:53). Having gratitude for the “Yes”s he receives as a musician, (48:27). “As long as I’m connecting with people that is a big part of it for me.”, (54:02).


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