November Michael Angelo Batio’s brand new album 2X Again is now available. The disc features a number of Michael’s classic tunes re-recorded with Joe on drums, replacing the previous programmed parts. 2X Again is another fine example of Joe’s playing. In addition, Joe and MAB will head back into the studio to record Michael’s next album in January ’08. Stay tuned for more details. Grammy recognized, heavy-weight bassist, and friend of Joe’s, Mel Brown has written a book titled From Zero to Sideman. The book is all about Mel’s decision to become a professional bassist and the steps he took to get there. Mel’s story is extremely inspirational and a must-read for all aspiring musicians. Visit his website at www.melbrown.net for more information on Mel and his new book.
October Recording, recording, recording!! Joe has been busy in the studio recording for various artists such as:
And Then We Ignite (2007)
Tracks w/ Joe: Mistake Me Home, Disposable King, and Rise & Shine
Michael Angelo Batio
2X Again (2007)
Debut Album (2008)
Zion Meagher of Nachtmystium-Century Media
Solo Album (2008)
In addition, Joe recently recorded a midi drum library titled Progressive Beats for the company Groove Monkee. This library contains over 1900 beats and fills for modern progressive music in time signatures such as 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 5/8, 6/4, 6/8, 7/4, 7/8 and 9/8. Groove Monkee was formed in 2004 by president Russ Cannizzo and provides premium MIDI drum tracks in a wide variety of convenient formats. Joe is also working with guitarist Geno Lenardo (formerly of FILTER) in a new project called South Of Earth. More info coming soon.
July Joe will be recording a new album with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio this July. MAB is taking eight songs from his classic No Boundaries CD plus the songs Planet Gemini and Time Traveler from his Planet Gemini CD and re-recording the drums using Joe. This updated version tentatively titled “2X AGAIN” will be available in late October 2007.
May Welcome to the newly redesigned joebabiak.com! A special thanks to Travis Mitchell of id3ntitycrisis.com for the design of this site. Additional thanks to Brian and Dave Tedeschi, Mona Jethmalani, Nibandh Nadkarni, and Ty Phillips for their ongoing assistance and generosity.
January Joe is now an official endorser of Westone in-ear monitors. Westone has been a leader in in-ear monitors since the early 1990′s and their products are used by touring artists worldwide. Joe is proud to be part of the company. Happy new year to all! Two brand new drum solo videos have been added to the MEDIA page. New photos have been posted as well.