Street Musician: P.J. Horoszko

Of Boroughs

By: Stephen Tompkins

While taking a stroll through Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, I stumbled upon an acoustic guitarist named P.J. Horoszko. Horoszko is a 21-year-old street musician from Danbury, CT. Now living in Brooklyn. He performs in various locations every day.

P.J.’s Website: myspace.com/theyarefun

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P.J. Horoszko. Washington Square Park. Photo: Stephen Tompkins

” The desire to make money in an exorbitant and overpriced city,” lead to his decision to become a street musician, Horoszko said. “It’s the best way to get people to hear your music.”

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P.J. Horoszko. Washington Square Park. Photo: Stephen Tompkins

“I usually play in McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn, and Washington Square Park,” Horoszko said. “I got kicked out of Union Square, because amplified music is prohibited there.”

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Horoszko performing while onlookers enjoy his music. Photo: Stephen Tompkins

” I play all original music, and I’m mostly influenced by Smog, Leonard Cohen, and Elliott Smith,” he added.

“I try to play around early evening, when people are getting off of work. They are more in a giving mood then,” Horoszko said. “Washington Square Park is packed on Saturdays. And Bedford Ave. on Fridays.

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Horoszko playing in front of a statue. Photo: Stephen Tompkins

When asked if its harder, or easier being a male street performer as opposed to a female street performer Horoszko said “They consider you [males] a dime a dozen. They consider female singers more quirky or novel. Also, when people have a ukulele, or a mandolin they get more attention.” “A lot of older men gve me money. Homeless guys linger around me a lot, they’re the most appreciative.

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9 responses to “Street Musician: P.J. Horoszko

  1. Today there are many lucrative ways to gain exposure and make a few extra bills while doing so. Good for him.

  2. Absolutely, and it’s interesting to see that street performers, too, are utilizing the internet as a means of self-promotion. Things have changed, but there is nothing wrong with that!

  3. There’s a subway musicians panel at the CMJ music marathon on October 20th at the NYU Kimmel Ctr.
    And re what Stephen above said – totally! The ‘Saw Lady’ who plays at the 14th street subway station has a blog about playing in the subway and there’s MP3 downloads there: http://www.sawlady.com/blog

  4. His music is actually very good, especially the song “Bastard Kids.” Its on the Myspace. Its strange that artists are still using Myspace…I figured most people had moved on to other mediums to get their music out there.

  5. i love how under the caption that says “while onlookers enjoy his music” there’s just an old lady standing behind an even older lady in a wheelchair…they were my most loyal fans.

  6. Michelle, thank you very much for the information about CMJ, and the sawlady. I will have to look into covering her in the future.

    Roy, myspace is the number one promotional tool on the internet, and its FREE. What could be better than that?

    PJ, Those ladies loved you, and she’s totally wearing a powder blue leisure suit! Had to use the photo

  7. Street Musician: P.J. Horoszko
    September 14, 2009 · 6 Comments
    Of Boroughs
    By: Stephen Tompkins
    While taking a stroll through Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village WHEN, EXACTLY?, I stumbled upon an acoustic guitarist named P.J. Horoszko. Horoszko is a 21-year-old street musician from Danbury, CT. Now living in Brooklyn. He performs in various locations THAT’S PRETTY VAGUE every day. MAYBE YOU COULD QUICKLY DESCRIBE YOUR OWN REACTION/INTEREST?
    I DON’T THINK THIS LINK BELONGS HERE. COULD PUT BELOW IN SECTION WHERE HE TALKS ABOUT HIS INFLUENCES, OR AT END. P.J.’s Website: myspace.com/theyarefun

    P.J. Horoszko. Washington Square Park. Photo: Stephen Tompkins
    ” The desire to make money in an exorbitant and overpriced city,” lead LED to his decision to become a street musician, Horoszko said. “It’s the best way to get people to hear your music.” TWO DIFFERENT POINTS BEING MADE HERE, NOT SURE QUOTES SHOULD BE SO LINKED. ALSO, FIRST QUOTE KIND OF BEGS THE QUESTION OF HOW MUCH HE IS MAKING. DID YOU ASK?

    P.J. Horoszko. Washington Square Park. Photo: Stephen Tompkins PHOTO TOO SIMILAR TO FIRST ONE, I THINK YOU COULD CUT ONE OR THE OTHER.
    “I usually play in McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn, and Washington Square Park,” Horoszko said. “I got kicked out of Union Square, because amplified music is prohibited there.”

    Horoszko performing while onlookers enjoy his music. Photo: Stephen Tompkins LOVE THIS ONE, I THINK IT SHOULD BE YOUR OPENER
    ” I play all original music, and I’m mostly influenced by Smog, Leonard Cohen, and Elliott Smith,” he added. THIS KIND OF SEEMS OUT OF PLACE, SINCE PREVIOUS IS ABOUT WHERE HE PLAYS AND FOLLOWING IS ABOUT WHEN HE PLAYS. WHAT HE PLAYS PROBABLY OUGHT TO GO AFTER, AND YOU SHOULD PROBABLY FOLLOW UP A BIT AND GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT HIS SONGS ARE ABOUT. ALSO, THIS IS THE PLACE TO INSERT A LINK TO HIS OWN SITE, SO WE CAN GO HEAR FOR OURSELVES.
    “I try to play around early evening, when people are getting off of work. They are more in a giving mood then,” Horoszko said. “Washington Square Park is packed on Saturdays. And Bedford Ave. on Fridays.

    Horoszko playing in front of a statue. Photo: Stephen Tompkins DO YOU NEED THIS IMAGE? COULD BE SUPERFLUOUS.
    When asked if its harder, or easier being a male street performer as opposed to a female street performer PRETTY CLUNKY SETUP. I’D RATHER SEE A TRADITIONAL TOPIC SENTENCE. H. SAYS IT’S HARDER TO BE A MALE STREET MUSICIAN THAN A FEMALE. Horoszko said “They consider you [males] a dime a dozen. They consider female singers more quirky or novel. Also, when people have a ukulele, or a mandolin they get more attention.” “A lot of older men gve me money. Homeless guys linger around me a lot, they’re the most appreciative.

    OK AS KICKER.
    WE NEED TO HEAR MORE ABOUT WHY HE DOES IT, HOW MUCH HE MAKES, WHETHER HE HAS A ‘REAL’ JOB, AND WHERE HE WANTS TO GO WITH THIS AND LIFE IN GENERAL. BUT A GOOD FIRST STAB AT IT.

  8. PJ is my newphew he has been very outgoing and talented. Great job PJ

    Love,

    Uncle Jeff

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