Joe moved to Los Angeles from his native metro DC area home in 1986 after completing regular and trade schools for recording engineering. His career began with a 2-year stint with the IBEW as a tape op for Rodel Recording, whose primary clients were National Geographic and various commercial radio advertising clients. He spent the next 3 years touring as a guitarist locally until the urge to further his musical a technical education brought him west to California.
Joe served as Technical Director for a show on Catalina Island and as 2nd Engineer for The Summa Music Group, managed by Rick Stevens who also owned The Record Plant. As an assistant at SUMMA, Joe worked alongside several world renowned producers, including the Lord-Alge brothers, Bill Bottrell, Larry Klein and Paul Fox. He also had the privilege to work with Prince, Madonna, XTC, Brian Wilson, and Janet Jackson.
At House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, Joe spent 13 years as lead mixer, audio manager, studio mixer and lastly production manager. Joe is still an active independent live engineer in Los Angeles, logging 3-4 shows weekly; working with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Don Rickles, Paul Stanley, David Lindley.
Joe joined the Musicians Institute team in 1997 as Production Manager and is currently an instructor in the Live Sound program, a curriculum he helped to develop.
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