Joe Jeffries graduated with honors from the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music (Hollywood, CA). Within a short time, he had managed to become a “first call” bassist at Sunset Sound (Hollywood, CA). Then Joe Jeffries went on to assist with the Recording Arts department at Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL). With a master’s degree in Music Business, Joe Jeffries is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), and continues to pursue his music endeavors.
Music has been in my blood since birth, as both my father and grandfather were professional singer-songwriters. I believe that my passion started watching both of my parents as they would casually sing all the time! Music was my life; I just was not sure of the path that I was going to take. I have been fortunate having the experience of performing for a United States president and an audience of approximately two million.
My musical approach is like how a painter may approach a blank canvas. I am always in search of the right combination of foreground, middle ground, and background. It becomes a delicate balance between a varied palette that derives from my psyche and a fictitious element that pushes ever so slightly outside of reality. It is often a ride that requires both a seat belt and a helmet, but oh so enjoyable.
I find that being a bassist fits who I am as a person. I am always evaluating the vibe, ready to adapt to changes at a moment’s notice, yet keeping everything grounded and in sync. Still, I love playing bass as a lead instrument where I can put the audience at the edge of their seat. The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic content (in my head) is developed from a deep understanding of all that surrounds me.
Today, I am stretching the boundaries within music technology about the speed of composition, production, and distribution. For me, tying music and technology together is simply natural.