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NOVEMBER 2015

Parallel Mind is honored to be performing at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim CA! Click HERE for details!

OCTOBER 2015

Check out Parallel Mind‘s brand new music video for their song “Monochrome Carousel.” Special thanks to Fort Knox Studios and Erika Dufour.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Parallel Mind‘s new album Connections is now available for digital download through cdbaby and other popular digital distribution companies. Let the downloading begin!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/parallelmind2

AUGUST 2015

J100Joe’s band PARALLEL MIND has just released their 2nd full-length album titled “Connections.” The brand new album represents a decades worth of musical ideas finally brought to fruition and reflects the many parallels between band members, both past and present.

PARALLEL MIND’S big album release show for “Connections” will be at Martyrs’ in Chicago on Thursday, September 10th. See the SHOWS page for details!

Check out the official PARALLEL MIND page on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/parallelmindmusic!

JANUARY 2015

Happy new year to all!

On January 8th, Joe’s prog-fusion band PARALLEL MIND started recording their 2nd full length album. This new album is a truly momentous occasion; an accumulation of songwriting spanning the past decade as well as the reunion with past members. PM is thrilled to once again be working with original guitarist Aaron Harris and original bassist Tim Seisser. Former bassist Jason Pachona will also be contributing his talents for one song.

Check out the official PARALLEL MIND page on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/parallelmindmusic!

PARALLEL MIND’s first album Colossus ADEA is now available for download on CD Baby. Download the album at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/parallelmind.

DECEMBER 2014

After an extensive hiatus, Joe’s progressive-fusion band PARALLEL MIND is getting ready to record their long-awaited second album! The group’s first album “Colossus ADEA” was released in 2005 through the Canadian label Unicorn-Digital and received rave reviews worldwide.

The new album is truly a momentous occasion; an accumulation of songwriting spanning the past decade as well as the reunion with past members. PM is thrilled to once again be working with original guitarist Aaron Harris and original bassist Tim Seisser. Former bassist Jason Pachona will also be contributing his talents. Tracking & mixing will begin in January 2015 and take place at The Alley Recording Company with engineer Marc Nelson. More details to come!

OCTOBER 2014

This month, Joe will be touring with the Parisian rock band, Teleferik. Formed in 2011 by Eliz Mourad (vocals/bass) and Arno Vincendeau (guitar), their music is a mixture of blues, 70′s rock, punk, and Lebanese.  Visit the SHOWS page for tour dates!

APRIL 2014

Welcome to the newly redesigned JOEBABIAK.com! Special thanks to Travis Mitchell of id3ntitycrisis.com.

MARCH 2014

New photo shoot complete! A huge thanks to my friends at Fort Knox Studios, the talented Jon Allegretto for shooting, and Vic’s Drum Shop for providing a gorgeous Sonor ProLite drum kit. Visit the PHOTOS page to see some of the finished pictures!

On Saturday March 22nd, Joe will be performing with David Ellefson of MEGADETH and Frank Bello of ANTHRAX for their new project titled Altitudes & Attitude. This will be the groups debut show in Chicago. See the SHOWS page for details!

JANUARY 2014

Happy new year! Joe just finished shooting the music video for Michael Angelo Batio’s song “8 Pillars of Steel,” featured on Michael’s newest album, Intermezzo.

Joe will be performing with M.A.B. during the 2014 NAMM show in LA. The event is called “Extreme Cream:” an all-star event honoring the works of Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton. For details visit the SHOWS page.

2013

NOVEMBER Joe has just released 3 brand new drum videos featuring the music of his former Los Angeles band, Lost Children. Check them out on the MEDIA page!

OCTOBER Several new shows booked for Michael Angelo Batio’s “Tritbute to Rock Guitar” show, featuring Joe on drums. See SHOWS page.

MARCH Joe will be performing with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio on April 12th in Dubuque Iowa. This will be the full production of his “Tribute to Rock Guitar” show. Details on the SHOWS page.

2012

SEPTEMBER Joe will performing with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii over Labor Day Weekend! Joe will also be touring with Boston-based rock artist, TJ Courtney. For details and dates please visit the SHOWS page.

JANUARY Joe is now a faculty member at Elmhurst College where he will be teaching a course in Music Business this Spring 2012. The course if titled MUS332: Production of Sound Recordings.

2011

JULY Joe will be performing with Chicago artist, Erin Martin, at Summerfest in Milwaukee WI on Saturday July 9th. Erin is direct support for De La Soul. See the SHOWS page for show details.

JUNE Brand new promo pictures have been added to the MEDIA page. Click here to view them.

MARCH Joe Babiak is now an official endorser of SABIAN Cymbals! Joe has used Sabian throughout his entire career and is thrilled to join the finest cymbal company in the world. Click here to view his artist profile.

FEBRUARY Joe’s group, Cage9, will be opening for OZZY OSBOURNE on April 19th in Panama!!! This is Ozzy’s first time performing in Cage9′s home turf and will surely be an event of astronomical proportions!!!

JANUARY Brand new videos posted on the MEDIA page! The videos feature Joe playing along to Michael Angelo Batio tunes. Joe will be performing with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio at the 2011 Dean Guitars NAMM Jam. This year’s headliners will be MEGADETH and HELLYEA. See the SHOWS page for full details. Click here to view flyer. Joe and his band Cage9 will be joining the bands Murder FM and Betawolf for the “Machine Gun Kisses” Tour in February 2011. See the SHOWS page for details. Click here to view tour flyer.

2010

November Joe appeared in the November issue of Music Inc. Magazine. The article discusses his endorsement with Sonor Drums. Joe will be recording his 2nd drum library with the company Groove Monkee, owned and founded by Russ Cannizzo. Groove Monkee provides premium MIDI drum loops in a wide variety of styles and formats. This upcoming drum library will be focused on various styles of “metal” drumming.

September This October, Joe will once again be performing with virtuoso guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio, for a short tour in INDIA! This will be Joe’s fourth international trip with Michael.

August Joe is now the drummer for the band Cage9, featuring two members of Powerman 5000. Visit the SHOWS page for upcoming gigs.

July Joe will be performing with renowned guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio, in Shaghai China this month. Brand new photos have been added to the MEDIA and GEAR page.

May Joe has just released two brand new drum videos! The videos feature his Sonor S-Classix drum kit. Special thanks to Paul Kim, Davey Julson-Rieley, Brian Carr, Nibandh Nadkarni, and Ty Phillips. Visit the MEDIA page to view the new videos.

February Joe Babiak is now an official endorser of beyerdynamic. beyerdynamic is a German audio equipment manufacturer which designs and engineers microphones, headphones, wireless audio systems, and conference systems. Due to decades of experience and their commitment to continuous research and innovative developments, beyerdynamic products enjoy a high reputation throughout the world. Joe is honored and thrilled to be part of this wonderful company!

2009

November Joe’s rock band South Of Earth is performing Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 at the Crobar in Chicago. For full details visit the SHOWS page.

October Joe Babiak is now a proud endorser of SONOR DRUMS!!! Sonor is a German based company known for its superb craftsmanship and amazing sound. Sonor’s artist roster contains some of the most respected and elite drummers in the world, such as: Steve Smith (Vital Information, Journey), Danny Carey (Tool), Phil Rudd (AC/DC), Jack Dejohnette (Miles Davis, Keith Jarret, Dave Holland), Jojo Mayer (Nerve), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Thomas Lang (Independent), and many ty. Joe is incredibly honored to be joining this reputable company. New drum-set photos and videos coming soon! World renowned guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio, has recently released his newest studio album entitled “Hands Without Shadows 2 – Voices.” This is Michael’s first album to include a singer throughout (Warren Dunlevy, Jr.). The entire album features Joe on drums with special guests Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge), Vinnie Moore (UFO, Solo Artist), George Bellas (Solo Artist), Bill Peck (Exit the Ride), and David Shankle (David Shankle Group). Visit the MEDIA page for sound samples.

April New videos and photos have been added to the MEDIA page.

January Joe’s band SOUTH OF EARTH will be performing in L.A. and Chicago this month. Visit the SHOWS page for details.

2008

September JoeBabiak.com proudly announces the debut of a brand new drum solo video! The drum solo can be found on the MEDIA page. Joe will be traveling to Russia with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio for a few gig dates in early October.

July Joe just finished filming a new drum solo video. Once completed, the video will be posted on the MEDIA page as well as his MySpace page and YouTube. Stay tuned for updates! Visit the MEDIA page for audio samples from the newly released black metal album The Perfect Message by Anti-Human Thesis. A.H.T. is guitarist/bassist/vocalist, Zion Meagher (Nachtmystium). Joe played drums on the album which was recorded by Chris Djuricic at Studio One in Racine WI. For more information visit www.myspace.com/black13kult.

June Joe’s group SOUTH OF EARTH has completed their debut album and will be filming a music video for their single “God To Get Down.” Three songs have been posted on the S.O.E. MySpace page. Go to myspace.com/southofearth to listen.

January Visit the PRESS page for a brand new section titled WORD OF MOUTH which features audio testimonials from various people with whom Joe has worked. Joe will be flying back to Chicago to record Michael Angelo Batio’s next album at the end of the month. Information on the new album coming soon. Joe’s new rock band South of Earth is currently in the studio. The other members are Geno Lenardo (FILTER, Chevelle), Joe Grah (Loser, Jibe), and Bill Gower (Boy Hits Car). The official South of Earth website and myspace page will be up shortly. Stay tuned for more details.

2007

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:

Ash Avenue
And Then We Ignite (2007)
Tracks w/ Joe: Mistake Me Home, Disposable King, and Rise & Shine
Website: http://www.ashave.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ashavenue

Michael Angelo Batio
2X Again (2007)
Website: http://www.angelo.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/michaelangelobatio

Romi Lovel
Debut Album (2008)
Website: http://www.romilovel.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/romilovel

Zion Meagher of Nachtmystium-Century Media
Solo Album (2008)
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/black13kult

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.

2006

November Visit the PRESS section on the BIO page for Joe’s feature article in November’s DRUM magazine. Additional magazine articles are also displayed.

October Joe is now on MySpace. Visit myspace.com/joebabiak. A video clip of Joe’s performance with Kill Hannah on the WGN Morning News has been added to the MEDIA page. Joe is featured in the November issue of DRUM magazine. The article is titled “Kill Hannah’s Peaceful Drum Battle” and talks about the transition from their previous drummer to Joe’s touring role with them.

August Joe recently finished a successful four month tour with Kill Hannah. Since April, he has toured the country twice over as well as parts of Canada. Joe also performed in the “Lips Like Morphine” music video, the WGN morning news, and Chicago’s very own Lollapalooza music festival. A new video containing highlights from Joe’s tour with Kill Hannah has been added to the MEDIA page. Currently, Joe is rehearsing with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio for upcoming shows and touring.

May New tour dates with Kill Hannah have been added. The second leg of the tour will begin June 15th. More dates coming soon.

April Yet another drum solo video has been added to the MEDIA page. More coming soon!

March Joe is thrilled to announce that he will be joining the Chicago based band, Kill Hannah, for a tour starting this April! Kill Hannah has just finished their second album with Atlantic Records.
Please visit www.killhannah.com for more information.

January A brand new drum solo video has been added to the MEDIA page. More solos coming soon!

2005

December Joe is being featured in the February 2006 edition of Modern Drummer Magazine for the “On The Move” column. This is the third time Joe has been recognized in the magazine! February’s issue is currently available in stores.

November On Tuesday November 29th Joe will be shooting a music video with Michael Angelo Batio. Nibandh Nadkarni and Bill Kopecky will also be part of the project.

September On Saturday, October 8th, Joe will be performing at Crash Mansion in New York City with Dirtywhite Fashion. The show is in honor of their newly released album titled Reality Music.

July On Thursday, July 7th, Joe’s super-group, Parallel Mind, performed the show of their career at the Rolling Meadows High School Theater in honor of their newly released album, Colossus ADEA. The show was a complete success! Joe had been working on the large production for months and the end result was spectacular.

June On Saturday, June 25th 2005, Joe took first place in the 9th annual Heat Strokes Drum Contest! This is the second year in a row Joe has won the competition. Parallel Mind will be performing at the Rolling Meadows High School Theater on Thursday, July 7th in honor of their album release. This special one time event will feature Joe with both Parallel Mind and Zach & The Walk-Ins. The show will begin at 7:30pm with The Walk-Ins and conclude with a full set by Parallel Mind. Parallel Mind will also be featuring all of the guest musicians from the album including a full choir, cello, violin, guitar, Indian vocals, and brass. This momentous event promises to be the greatest show of Parallel Mind’s career!

April Joe will be sitting-in for a series of shows with the band SIGNALIVE. Signalive guitarist, Saar, is a long time friend and musical colleague of Joe’s. Saar played guitar for Parallel Mind and was one of the groups founding members. Joe recently submitted a drum solo for the 2005 Modern Drummer Undiscovered Drummer Contest. Hundreds of entries were carefully screened and submitted from around the world. Joe was given honorable mention in the “Over 18″ category and will be listed in the August 2005 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Joe’s progressive rock group, Parallel Mind, is now signed with Unicorn Records of Canada. Unicorn released Parallel Mind’s newest album, Colossus ADEA, on April 1st of 2005. Colossus ADEA beautifully demonstrates Joe’s proficient abilities on the drums. The album is for sale through Unicorn’s website and will also be available at Parallel Mind’s upcoming shows. Once again Joe had the opportunity to work with Michael Angelo Batio. He recorded two tracks for Michael and will surely be working with him again in the future. Zach and The Walk-Ins are currently back in the studio recording their follow up album to Still Night. Joe is about half way through his tracking. A very special thanks to Brian and Dave Tedeschi of SwitchNet.net for their help with the design and development of this website.

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