The NEPA Creative Series: Scranton guitarist makes, shares original music
Rob Palmitessa, of Scranton, is the 33rd #NEPACreative of 2017. Rob brings creativity to the area through playing guitar. Rob began playing guitar 15 years ago and started writing his own music five years ago.
Rob is inspired by a variety of musical artists including Thom Yorke/Radiohead, Isaac Brock, Jim James, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Robby Krieger, Max Beamis, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain and Bradley Nowell. He credits his dad for his hard work ethic, his mom for her bravery in life, and his girlfriend Natasha for always pushing to get his music out into the world just a little bit more.
Rob recently released an eight track EP on Aug. 9 called “Winola,” which is also the name of his band. He has been working closely with drummer, and previous NEPA Creative, Chris Langan, to put this new demo together.
“This is a collection of songs that I’ve made over the past few years and am finally putting together. It’s kind of interesting because, over time, we get into different music, and this EP varies from genre to genre from the artists that have inspired me over the years,” Palmitessa said. “I put my heart and soul into this thing. Jeremy Burke, another local talented musician who sold me my Martin, told me ‘Nobody has that sound around here man.’ I hope my music gets big enough to make Chris my permanent drummer. He’s in a couple big, talented bands, so fingers crossed.”
Rob’s demo can be found here: reverbnation.com/winola.
Aside from music, Rob loves to create in different ways. “I constantly have a project or am building something from scratch,” Palmitessa said. “I’ve learned over the past few years how to make Halloween decorations move and I’m in love with that. I’ve been making animatronics for a couple years now. I constantly have people stopping by asking to buy my decorations.”
To Rob, being creative means taking something and making it your own. He feels it is important to put whatever it is that you do out into the world for other people to relate to it.
When being considered as an NEPA Creative, individuals are asked to explain how they bring creativity to the area, how long they have been doing it and why, and finally what being creative means to them. Once chosen, the next step is to bring each creative into CoalCreative’s studio space to be filmed for a 60 second video that is shared every Wednesday across all their social media platforms. The series plans to highlight all sorts of creatives throughout the rest of the year. There are no limits to who could be considered. Photographers, musicians, barbers, magicians, and improv artists are just a handful of the submissions CoalCreative has received thus far.
To be considered for the series, submit a consideration form at www.coalcreative.com/are-you-a-nepa-creative or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.