out perform // outlast // out work



“Nothin is for nothin, you must learn it as you go.” Memmel’s lyrics resonated in my head for days after I spent a few hours listening to his music on Bandcamp Page. After reviewing several potential pop singers and rappers that had started to sound the same, Memmel’s clean sound was a breath of fresh air. We at OOTWW are always chanting our mantra of “positive-positive-positive”, but Memmel’s music taught me something new in that regard. Positive lyrics are important, and he has them, but there is more to a healthy message than words. Isn’t that why we listen to music? Because it’s more than words? Memmel’s music made me feel positive. Something about the simple guitar and steady percussion put me at ease. It’s like it was telling me “everything is going to be ok.” That’s the gist of my experience with Memmel’s work. Underneath every chord and harmony lies a comforting, kind spirit of acceptance and hope. Likely this is inspired by his own journey in life. Memmel has had a unique experience in several ways, the most obvious being a missing left forearm. As you will see in the following interview, however, this obstacle was just a bump in the road for him. I write this now feeling inspired and looking forward to more of what life has to offer. This man rubbed off on me, and I hope his words will touch you as well.


  1. Tell us a little bit about the journey you’ve had in your music career. Where did you start and where do you hope to end up?

My early aspirations in music were humble. I wanted to be able to write and play my own songs. It took time for me to realize that music as a career was an option, and to develop a sense for the artistic and business sensibilities that are necessary to be successful in music.

I’d like to write exceptional, long-lasting songs, reach a large audience, tour the world, and enjoy a long and successful career in music.

  1. Tony, you were born without your left hand and forearm. This seems like it would hinder most people from picking up the guitar. What made you decide to go with it anyway?

Having one hand didn’t play much of a role in my decision to play the guitar. In my mind, I somehow always knew that if I took the time to work at it, I’d figure it out.

  1. What advice do you have for young people who want to go into music, but face seemingly insurmountable obstacles?

I’d say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. You may have to get creative, and your method of learning may look different than traditional instructors might teach, but it can be done.

  1. Where do you find inspiration for your music?

Life, career, friends, family, and places I go or want to go are all subjects that are woven into the lyrics I write.

My aim is to write my own experience, and have it resonate with listeners as they insert themselves into the narratives.

  1. If you could go back in time ten years and talk with your past self, what would you tell him?

That’s a good question… I’d tell him a lot of things! Over the past ten years, I’ve been in a state of personal and professional growth and development. I finished college, got married, toured and traveled extensively, and started my own business.

Something I am always working on is patience. Patience is a hard concept to put into practice for a driven individual, and being impatient can hinder wellness. Things happen at certain times for certain reasons, and doors open for those who continue to knock.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I’m on tour through much of the fall season. Putting on great shows has been my primary focus while on the road.

This winter I am planning to record some of the new music I’ve written this year. I’m really excited about the collection of unreleased songs that I’m working on!

  1. Can you give us a few trivia facts about yourself?

1) I love to travel, eat, and explore.

2) I played varsity soccer and baseball in high school.

3) I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan!

  1. What can readers and fans do to help you succeed?

It helps me succeed when my fans are happy and enjoying the music and content that I publish. That’s most important. The closest connections I’ve developed with fans have been through personal introductions and long-term interest in the music I’ve released.
It helps me succeed anytime someone likes my Facebook page or follows me on Twitter. I really try to develop and encourage genuine interactions with my fans through social media. I’m grateful for every new follower!


Tony Memmel is exactly the type of artist that we love to talk about. If we could learn from his “I somehow always knew that if I took the time to work at it, I’d figure it out” attitude, just think how many things we could achieve in life! If every time we hit an obstacle or hard times, we just thought “it’ll be ok, there’s a way to figure this out”, imagine how much happier we would be. Experiencing a small piece of Memmel’s story is an experience that I will personally value for the rest of my life. People need people like him, people who can teach us to hope and press on and believe in good things. I am continually humbled and inspired by the individuals that this website has led me to.

Looking forward to a bright tomorrow, I’m Chancy Johnson. Here to bring them~

Out of the Woodwork.


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