joe @

Joe started playing the acoustic guitar when he was 10 and has been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires singers who create these in unique ways.

First guitarEpiphone Emperor II (Joe Pass Signature Model)
First band Orange Peel Masters
First concert Big Sugar (in Ottawa)
Best albumLou Reed – Transformer (1972)

How did you start getting involved with music?

I was always singing when I was a little kid and at the age of 3, when I saw Bill Clinton playing the saxophone on TV, I knew I wanted to play an instrument too. My parents bought me a kid-sized acoustic guitar and I took lessons for about a year. In my early twenties I started getting serious about songwriting and recorded a few albums with friends in Montreal.

Do you play any instruments?

I mainly play the guitar, both acoustic and electric. I also play a fair bit of drums and bass, those two really make me move! But I think what I enjoy most is singing, the voice is the most portable instrument.

What was the first concert you went to?

Big Sugar (Canadian blues-rock band) at the Ottawa Senators hockey stadium. I was 12 years old and somehow acquired free tickets. I was blown away with their mix of styles: blues, rock, reggae and was inspired to create music that doesn’t fit into one genre.

…and the best live show you saw?

I’ve seen too many to count but an early one that stands out in my memory is Rush and AC/DC at SARSstock in Toronto (2003). The Rolling Stones played later that night but my friends and I left after 2 songs because of exhaustion, thirst and heat stroke from long hours in the sun. One of the most fun concerts I’ve been to was Ty Segall at Astra in Berlin, 2014.

Who would you still like to see live?

I would still like to see Paul McCartney, one of my songwriting idols. I would also love to see White Fence, a very unique Californian songwriter. Also Weyes Blood writes very beautiful songs and Hooded Fang puts on a wicked show.

written by joe

Hit The Tone! Tame Impala & synthesizers

How did Tame Impala's Kevin Parker redefine an entire genre? We have some insider gear suggestions...

Easter Egg Shaker Contest 2019

Win a 200-euro voucher and YOUR HEIGHT in chocolate eggs! Details here...

Landfill Melodies – story of the Recycled Orchestra

Building instruments from trash? Desperate times call for music making!

Hit The Tone! Thundercat

What makes Thundercat's unique sound so appealing? How does he do it?? We'll fill you in on (some of) his secrets...

Hello New Gear – April 2019

Hello New Gear April 2019 edition is here... Check out these gadgets which will surely inspire you...

Hit The Tone! Tame Impala & synthesizers

How did Tame Impala's Kevin Parker redefine an entire genre? We have some insider gear suggestions...

Thomann Rehab Center

Is your band having serious problems? Are you seeking professional help? Maybe we have the solution...

Creative Bass Lines – 4 Tips

How do some bassists keep coming up with such interesting and catchy bass lines? Here are things you could try out...

Hit The Tone! Led Zep & Glyn Johns

How did Led Zeppelin get that incredible guitar & drum sound on their debut album? Look no further to get some inside info...

The Beauty of Sound

Sound frequencies can be beautiful to to the ears, but what about the eyes? Read on...