Growing up in Nashville Tennessee, Joe has never been drawn to the country crowd, instead growing up in punk, metal, ska, reggae and indie rock. At the age of 18, Joe posted an ad in a punk message board on some web site that probably doesn't exist anymore with the headline "have drums will travel" taking him to Detroit Michigan. Between tours, Joe slept in his van, couch surfed and worked odd jobs before moving back to Nashville, Recording and touring the world with bands such as The Soul Radics, The Winter Sounds, Doctor Jungle Cat, Towne and The Pink Spiders.
The Pink Spiders, Doctor Jungle Cat, Independent
Most memorable Next-Level PerformancePlaying for thousands of people at This Is Ska Festival in Dessau-Roßlau with Doctor Ring Ding. I only had a vague knowledge of the song structures and a lot was improvised, which was new for me in a live setting with an artist I'd never played with before that day so I had to go on instinct and visual cues from Richard. There was so many people on stage I could barely see him, but the vibe was great and the crowd loved it.
What Drives Your Creativity?Creativity is the very essence of existence. It's a drive intrinsic to us all, regardless of how it's manifests. Aside from the travel and the pride in creating something interesting, I am driven by the prospect of inspiring people to live their own dreams.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?Vic firth was my first pair of drum sticks as a wee lad. Then in high school we marched with Ralph Hardimons. They've just always been the most obvious sticks for me.