Hi Joe, thanks for talking to us.
Joe: The pleasure is all mine.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Joe: I'm a drummer in Berlin.
Have you lived in Berlin all your life?
Joe: No, I moved here a few years ago. Sometimes I feel like most people in Berlin are from somewhere else. There are so many talented people here, from all over the world. That's what drew me here. I grew up in Aachen, Germany. Then I lived in Gothenburg, Sweden for 17 years. I ran the biggest drum school on the west coast. I also worked as a session & live drummer.
How did you discover your passion for drums?
Joe: That was at a very early age! My uncle was a Hammond Organ player. He took me backstage and to soundchecks of concerts he performed, supporting bands like Deep Purple or The Sweet. At home I was always listening to the radio.
Which bands influenced you?
Joe: Quite a few. Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, Bowie, T-Rex. Later bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, The Cult, Guns`N`Roses, Aerosmith, and Van Halen caught my interest.
Were you one of those guys that had no interest in school, because you were always listening to music and playing the drums?
Joe: Haha... yeah I was! I didn't pay much attention to what the teachers said. Haha... I had drum patterns in my head, playing beats with my hands on my knees or reading music magazines under the table. But I wasn't the only one. I had a classmate who was always drawing comics, instead of paying attention to math or chemistry. Some people find their passion pretty early on in life, and never let go of it.
At what point did you realize that playing drums was more than just a hobby for you?
Joe: When I was 16. At home I used to play along to records. Unfortunately the beat of my drums made the needle of the record player jump all the time, until I used headphones. Haha... and the neighbors complained. Luckily I was able to find a place where I could rehearse and take lessons.
It didn't take long before I started my own band, and other projects followed.
In 2019 you released your first solo single, correct?
Joe: Yes. Well, it was the first time I released something that I composed myself. Before that I just played the drums. Then I met Anna Sjöberg in Gothenburg. She's a great singer! I'm very happy that she said yes when I asked her to sing on Never Back Down.
Are you planning any more releases with her?
Joe: Well, I was about to move to London for several reasons. I did some session work and shortly after I moved to Berlin. If the opportunity for another cooperation presents itself... Sure, I'd love to.
What happened in Berlin?
Joe: I met an incredible guitar player called Rilo! I had been planning to do a Kiss cover for a long time. I asked Rilo if he wanted to join the project, and he was drunk enough to say yes, haha. So we went into the studio and things went better than good. We worked well together and we enjoyed playing music together.
Did you produce your Kiss cover of Dirty Livin' ?
Joe: Yeah, my idea was to record it in a “rough way” against the original production.
I had a clear vision of it.
Joe: I met a great singer from Australia, Grant Stevens. He's known for many successful projects. And, funny enough, he used to play in a band with my drum teacher. Small world! I saw him on stage when I was a little boy. And then years later, I ran into him again and I had the balls to ask him if he's up for a little studio project, and he agreed. I called Rilo again. This time I didn't ask him... I told him he has to join. Haha!
What are you guys working on?
Joe: Our project is called AREA X and the song is called Paradise.
Originally we just wanted to do one song together, but we decided to do another single together, because the feedback we got for our AREA X release was so positive.
We started the pre-production and we're looking forward to record it.
That sounds great, Joe. Any other projects on the burner?
Joe: Yeah... Rilo has a great Rock band, and they asked me if I want to produce and coach them. Like him, I was drunk enough to say yes. Haha!
Thanks for your time, Joe. Let us know when your next release is available.
Joe: Thanks! Will do!