Sterling’s Josh Pineo continues to juggle his busy life, but that’s how he likes it
STERLING — To say that Josh Pineo was star-struck when he recently interviewed one of his idols, “Mistress Carrie” Sarao of WAAF fame, for his “Bulldog Uncensored Podcast” is an understatement.
“It was a huge blessing to have someone with her fame, not just locally but nationally, because she’s quite well known,” the townsman said. “It was a huge deal for me.”
But it wasn’t the first time they had talked. Pineo said they met ten years ago when Sarao posted on Facebook that she was looking for firewood and that he made a ‘shameless hold’ for the family farm in Tuttle Road – and it worked.
He gave her demos and stuff from his band at the time and Pineo said “we hit it off from there and would meet periodically at shows”.
They met again at the 2012 Summer Nationals on Main Street in Worcester when the stage Pineo performed on with his heavy metal band – Fuel of War – was right next to the WAAF facility.
“It was the first time she heard me perform,” he recalled, adding that when he launched his podcast in February, she was on his list of people he wanted to interview.
“I said ‘Hey, I’m starting this if you have time, would you like to do this’, and she said yes. It was the right time and the right time.
Besides his podcast, Pineo is a talented guitarist involved in two bands, Satin & Steel and Fuel of War, and is a seasoned comedian. Being in a wheelchair doesn’t slow him down at all, as evidenced by the name of the company Speed Demon Promotions he founded in 2010.
Besides all this, Pineo also has a lot to do in his personal life. He married the love of his life, Nikki, in September 2020 and he said they “make a great team and take care of each other”.
“She’s very supportive and she does whatever it takes to make me happy and keep us going,” he said. “I couldn’t do half of what I’ve done in the last five years without her.”
The couple recently moved into a house they had built which is attached to their parents’ house in town. Pineo worked with fellow countryman and builder Russ Philpot to design the house, the same person who designed the plan for his parents’ house.
“We literally made it as accessible as humanly possible,” Pineo said of their new digs. “Roll in shower, ADA sink, ramp. Only thing left for me to do is get my couch up on risers so I can get on and off my chair.
Pineo, who graduated from Wachusett Regional High School and studied audio engineering, production and television at Mount Wachusett Community College, is in the process of training his 5-month-old Labrador-pit bull-pointer mix puppy, Dozer.
“He’s awesome, pretty much my sanity right now,” Pineo said, adding that “we get most of our coaching skills from The Right Paw” at Princeton and called owner Jen Banks “a sweetheart. “.
Life doesn’t slow down for Pineo and that’s fine with him.
Bulldog Uncensored averages nearly 700-1,000 streams per episode and that Mistress Carrie’s play “got some really good numbers”. Although the podcast “isn’t making a lot of money at this point,” Pineo said they’re “trying to rectify that with sponsors.”
Four Engines Apparel in town is the “biggest sponsorship donor” and he said he would record commercials for them to play during the podcast he is recording at home. He plans to build a recording studio at his home at some point and said “it’s nice to be able to make my own schedule”.
“I would love to be the New England version of Joe Rogan,” he said. “I’ve always been a huge Joe fan.”
When asked what inspired him to start the podcast, he said that during COVID it was a good “way to stay out there” because he couldn’t play with the bands or stand up. in front of a live audience.
“I wanted to connect with people and still have the opportunity to network, whether it was with comedy or music or whatever,” Pineo said. “I know a lot of people and I can reach out to people.
He said Fuel of War is “on hiatus” at the moment, but plans to restart it at some point, and the stand-up comedy has been difficult to continue due to the pandemic.
“I had a pretty full plate,” he said. “With things picking up I’m trying to figure out my game plan but my biggest issue is the lack of transport and you almost have to train for that, it takes a lot of stamina. A lot of my comedy is based on my experiences, so I have to go out more. Those are the biggest challenges.”
While he’s currently focused on building the podcast, Pineo has recorded songs with his Satin & Steel bandmate Alicia Marinelli, including a single they released last September, “Where You Are,” which, according to him, “received a very good response”.
“We wanted to test the waters and see what people thought and most of our peers were impressed, which motivated us to keep going,” Pineo said. “There aren’t a lot of strong, heavy women’s bands anymore, we’re really trying to promote that.
He said he tries to “space things out” when it comes to juggling everything he has on his hands and that if there’s a gap between podcast episodes he’ll record music. music.
“I am definitely not a one trick pony. I was sick of waiting for people to do the things I wanted to do, so I said “f*it” and went for it.
He and Marinelli, a Rhode Island native, have been friends for many years and Pineo said they “stepped onto the stage together.” They will soon be “looking for players to start performing in the spring” and have more songs on the way. – the only problem is finding the time to focus on it.
“Satin & Steel is a work in progress,” Pineo said. “We have two or three other songs going on right now, I’m doing all the editing and stuff. There are never enough hours in each day.