From rock to jazz, techno to country, Joel Stevenett's chameleon-like ability to naturally adapt his playing style to any musical genre is awe-inspiring.
With scores of touring and recording credits spanning just two decades, Joel Stevenett can be heard on numerous television theme songs and movie soundtracks. His recording credits also include Sony Playstation, X-BOX, and Nintendo Wii video game soundtracks such as “Twisted Metal Head On,” and “Dance Dance Revolution.”
Joel Stevenett also plays on more than 35 drum tracks for Disney's "Ultimate Band", covering songs from the 60's to today's latest hits, including songs from The Who, Incubus, Jonas Brothers, The Killers and Devo.
"I chose not to chart anything out but rather let the music inspire me," Joel Stevenett continues. "I would listen to the songs a few times then my rhythmic rolodex would kick in and the music would just flow. Having played in front of large audiences across the globe, I wanted to bring that same energy into the studio where I would throw my heart and soul into the experience. In the end, it was only me and the engineer in the next room; no applause, just a thumbs up, an approving nod and on to the next track."
Joel Stevenett was born in Alberta, Canada to parents who were just crazy enough to encourage his drumming. At just three years old they discovered Joel’s natural-born talent as they found him rapping his fingers on the car dashboard in sync to the radio. From a Ford dashboard to a pawnshop starter kit, the artistry began.
A childhood of drumming to Rush, Boston, Boz Skaggs, Chick Corea, Allan Holdsworth, and Earth Wind & Fire, inspired Joel’s creativity and innovative spirit. At the age of 14, he was already capturing the attention of mature musicians. Suddenly, Joel was getting paid offers to drum. “You mean you are going to pay me to play?”
Years after high school jazz band and learning that he could hit things for a living, Joel decided to leave college and his full-ride music scholarship and accept the offer to go on tour with the Osmonds. The journey begins.
Joel Stevenett’s reputation of a Canadian with a big heart, groove, and style, flourished quickly. Before long, Joel found himself on the road with such acts as JoDee Messina, The Wilkinsons, and SHeDAISY, among others.From the road to the studio, Joel’s inventive and physical flair can be heard on numerous TV theme songs such as the NBA and The Today Show as well as movie soundtracks like Meet Joe Black, August Rush and Along Came Polly.
Joel Stevenett’s credits also cover the recording of Sony Playstation, X-BOX and Nintendo Wii video game soundtracks, including popular titles like Twisted Metal Head On, Dance Dance Revolution, and Disney’s Ultimate Band. From rock to jazz, techno to country, Joel’s chameleon-like ability to naturally adapt his playing style to any musical genre is awe-inspiring.
With scores of touring and recording credits spanning just two decades, one of Joel Stevenett’s greatest drum moments came while playing to a sold-out crowd at LA’s Greek Theatre. “There I was sitting behind my desk looking out into the greatest office space in the world - a cheering crowd with a full moon providing the backdrop - at that moment I thought I was the luckiest guy in the world.” Not too bad for a dashboard drummer.
Plain and simple, Joel Stevenett loves playing drums. That’s all he has ever done, and that’s all he will ever do. The journey continues...