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The Unstarving Musician

The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features interviews with indie music artists an industry pros who share their experience and expertise on songwriting, recording, touring, getting gigs, marketing, and much more. It’s all intended to help indie artists to more of what they love–make music.

Mar 24, 2023

Joshua Van Ness, The WagJoshua Van Ness first appeared on the Unstarving Musician in episode 134. He is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and native of New Jersey. Joshua has performed with many bands and as a solo artist, but for the last eight years he has been a member of The Wag


Joshua has strong sentiment for The Wag. The band's music is very upbeat and positive, which Joshua says he had a hard time with in the beginning of their relationship. This was a dark time for Joshua, but The Wag was there for his journey toward lighter days.


The Wag is releasing a new EP called Blue Bottles and Copper Coins. You can catch their Album release and 25th anniversary show at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey. Tickets are available at 


Whether performing in local establishments or opening for national acts like Jason Mraz, Rick Springfield, Gavin DeGraw, Phillip Phillips, John Cafferty, Peter Tork, and Jefferson Starship, you are guaranteed a class-A performance filled with catchy melodies, beautiful harmonies, and exciting showmanship. The Wag has a residency gig at The Coffee House in Edison, New Jersey. The band has done regional and international tours in England, Canada, and Japan. The Wag has also added an acoustic set to their repertoire, further diversifying their sound and allowing them to reach a larger audience. 


The Wag also performs tribute shows. They're more than just an original band, they are true working band.


Joshua is also about to embark on his first tour in the UK, with The Wag. He is one of these guys that is not only talented, he looks cool when he's on stage. He also has a great speaking voice. If you're listening Joshua, and I hope you are, maybe you should host a podcast. 


In this conversation Joshua and I talk marketing the new Wag release, endorsements, the Wag's mixed business model, merchandising, social marketing, and much more.


Check out their music, merch and tour dates at Please enjoy my conversation with Joshua Van Ness.

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