hi, i’m jonathan maiocco. (pronounced may – AH – koe. thanks for asking.) all my friends call me jon, so please, call me jon.
the thing is, i hate formalities. like so much. i especially hate third person biographies. so if that’s what you’re looking for, you can read my thoroughly boring and formal third person biography by clicking right here.
if you want to hear about me directly from me…well…keep reading.
i was born in Marietta, Georgia, on October 29th, 1993. (64 years to the day after the stock market crashed and caused the great depression. sweet!) i am the second of four siblings. and yes, i have middle-child-syndrome.
i had a lot of phases growing up. i wanted to be in the circus. then an olypmic gymnast. then a stunt man. then an actor. then a director. and then one day, i got achilles tendonitis. (basically, i wasn’t able to do anything on my feet for a hot sec.) so i started reading. a lot.
i read about mythical lands, malicious dragons, orphan children saving the world, magical rings…you know, all that good stuff. in my head, as i was reading, i would see the book like a movie, and in my head, hear music.
my parents bought me some music notation software that i spent all my free time on. while other kids were off playing cul-de-sac rollerskate hockey and air-soft in the woods, i was attempting to write symphonies on a crappy dell.
my mom (god bless her) entered some of my music into a contest. this guy named mike post called her and was like, “uh, your son would have won, but he’s too young. but come out to los angeles anyways and tour my studio, and let me show you the ropes”
so i went to l.a., and i watched him write music to an episode of law and order. i was spell-bound. this is what i want to do. he took me and my mom and to lunch, and gave us the run down of what i needed to do to be a musician. (three words – go to school.)
so after that, i wrote a crap ton of music. and what i mean by that is it was a ton of crap. but that’s ok, cause you gotta start somewhere.
i went to georgia state university for music…and got my butt kicked. it’s one of those awkward moments when you thought you knew something really well, and then you find out you know nothing. like that.
i learned a lot. grew a lot. wrote a lot a lot. and eventually, i got a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music composition. (i say that, not to flaunt academic papers in your face, but to show you that i’m actually passionate about what i do. i could care less about a slip of paper.)
i graduated and then…nothing. was i expecting the dream job to fall into my lap? (actually, yes. but that’s besides the point.)
i had a revelation – my whole life, other people had defined success for me. my parents, my teachers, my friends…but then i reached the day where i had to define success for myself.
that’s what i’ve been up to the past two years. figuring that out. i’ve come to the realization that i really like singing and writing songs. sure, i want to do film music…but not right now. i want to try this thing. whatever it is.
right now, i’m producing and gearing up to release my first set of EPs as a singer/songwriter. this is new territory for me. maybe it’s a really bad idea? i don’t know. maybe i wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.
i’m teaching piano lessons at a studio down the road, and am enjoying every second of it. one of these days, i’m going to write billboard top 100 songs, symphonies, and even direct films. but today…i’m just going to enjoy it.