Music has always been a huge part in Joe’s life, stemming back to early childhood where his parents rarely had a stereo turned off. At even toddler stages he could feel a draw to music and associate with the rhythms in songs played. The first time music captivated him was in 4th grade where he witnessed a violinist put on a concert for the school. The next day he was found in a local music shop renting a violin to become a member of the school band. Well that calling didn’t have much longevity, because about 2 weeks later he was removed from the band for not playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star flawlessly in class, which was the assigned homework. So feeling discouraged about violin Joe went down to that music shop and exchanged that violin for the next instrument in line, the bass guitar. Really enjoying this instrument he spent hours upon days upon weeks upon months practicing and learning the instrument till enough rhythm was carried to join a band. While playing in that band he found himself constantly looking back at the drummer and wanting to expand his musical arsenal to include the drums as well. Having an Uncle who played drums who was also looking for a new set, allowed Joe to inherit his amazing set of Tama Granstars which were played for years and thought was his true musical love. Until being memorized by music again.
That moment came from his older sister throwing a party at their house, a good friend of hers brought over their turntables and rocked the back yard. Joe, never seeing this art form before was amazed at how 1 person was in control of the vibe of the party, furthermore it was the first time hearing house music. With the turntables being left at the house that night he had a couple of days to mess around on them and even having no idea what to do or how to beat match he had found another musical love. That being said the drums had to go to get cash for a set of decks. After months of strictly bedroom DJing he recorded a set onto tape and began passing it out to anyone who wanted to hear it. Shortly after that he was discovered by a group of guys called “The Fort Krew” who were throwing parties and associated with the late 90’s underground parties. Joe was soon playing at these parties as a 16 year old kid in 18+ and 21+ clubs. It was then that Joe began hearing all the different sub genres within the House arena. Developing favorites such as Bad Boy Bill, DJ Dan, Doc Martin, and Mark Farina. Then one night in his room while doing homework he unwrapped a CD of two DJ’s he had never heard, but since it was released on Defected he figured it must be good. Well, those two DJ’s were Jay-J Hernandez and Miguel Migs and it was the "In The House" series double pack. While attempting to write a paper on US History, Joe found himself unable to write or concentrate because he was in his room dancing too hard.
Realizing that these guys lived right in his backyard, growing up in the Bay Area, he decided to email Jay-J and ask if he could pull any strings to get this 18 year old kid in to one of his parties to hear him play live. Well sure enough he got back to me, got me in, and in introducing myself and him being the amazing guy he is offered me a spot interning in his infamous Moulton Studios. Through a couple years of working by his side and seeing how the Godfather of House worked, Joe was able to pull a ton of priceless experience and knowledge from him. Upon his move to New York and the launch of his Shifted Music, it was time for Joe to take what he had learned and apply it to his own label leading him to Pure Life Records. Now producing tracks and playing them anywhere he can, Joe hopes to expand his presence in the house game and become your favorite artist.
Having now settled in Vancouver, BC it is time to take on a new great city and share my sound.
02/17 @ AudioSF, in San Francisco (Kazbah Fundraiser)
04/01 @ The Argyle in the Rocks, Sydney
04/08 @ The Argyle in the Rocks, Sydney
04/23 @ The Argyle in the Rocks, Sydney
05/03 @ The Argyle in the Rocks, Sydney
06/02 @ The Vancouver Club, Rose Fridays
06/10 @ The Vancouver Club, Rose Fridays
08/25- 09/03 @ The Bump Bed Art Car @ Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada
09/12 @ Vancouver Club Rooftop Patio