Joe Salcedo


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Hi, I'm Joe Salcedo, a 24 year old session musician, MIDI Arranger, film scorer, and an aspiring sound engineer based in Manila, Philippines. I have perfect pitch, and that's the pitch! view my portfolio here:

I'm Joe Salcedo, a 24 year old session musician, MIDI Arranger, film scorer, and an aspiring mix engineer based in Manila, Philippines.

I am a self-taught musician, and my ears have been trained since I was little. I learned how to transcribe songs by ear, and eventually I developed perfect pitch. During my college years, I have worked with artists from the Metro as a session guitarist or bassist, both in-studio and live, and I also got introduced to film scoring, sound designing and sound engineering. After I graduated college, I joined a karaoke company which transcribes Japanese songs and convert them into MIDI format. I got to transcribe a lot of Jpop, Jrock songs, and sequenced and arranged them according to Japanese standards.

I am also a Mix Engineer, and I recently mixed Submission's recent single "City Lights" (, and I have mixed some of my band's live performances (

I have been continuously playing for other artists, live or in-studio, producing, arranging, and sound engineering. I also do musical scoring for thesis films, short films, and advertisements. Last but not the least, I am very proficient in the MIDI language.

I hope to work with you soon. Professionalism and bliss is guaranteed!


Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Joe Salcedo

  1. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  2. A: I always wanted to be a musician/producer ever since I heard "Get Back" by The Beatles. Although I earned a degree in Marketing, I focused a lot practicing my chops, listened to a lot of songs over and over again so I can "internalize" the work, and I learned a lot from my friends in the music scene. I have been doing all my musical efforts since 2006 or 2007.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: Me and my friend have a studio, and we have a pair of M-Audio BX5As, a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP, An AKG P220 condenser mic, and 2 pairs of Sony MDRs. We use Ableton Live 10. As of October 2020, I have acquired a Solid State Logic SSL2 audio interface and 1 pair of M-Audio AV40, a Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro Studio Headphones, and a Shure SM57 Dynamic Microphone.

  5. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  6. A: Mostly Funk or Soul, and also Indie Rock.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I like them both. Analog because in a way, it's tangible and analog equipment teaches you the foundation. Digital because it is more efficient, and it is smart.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: The flexible hours.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: That there's no future in this industry. I say that it trains the brain to be more creative, to be resourceful, and to be more natural.

  13. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  14. A: Laptop, a basic Focusrite interface, SM7B, a Fender Strat, and a clean tube amp.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: I'm a flexible person. I adjust accordingly to the client's needs, but at the same time I also suggest what might and what might not work in a project.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: I'd like to work/play for PREP one day.

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: Serve the song, not your ego.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Guitar and Bass. It's my main squeeze, my bread and butter. Been playing guitar/bass for 13 years now.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: Usually, I ask the client/s their vision, pegs, the result that they want, and then we (me and the client) work around the vision. Collaboration is very important.

  25. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  26. A: I'm heavily inspired by Death Cab for Cutie's material atm, and also PREP's production. Also a big fan of Kevin Parker.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: Pre-production (arrangement), recording, and post-production (mixing).

City Lights - Submission

I was the Mixing Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Introduce your vision first, then we'll brainstorm around your vision, and create your vision. I'm all ears.

GenresSounds Like
  • PREP
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Dawes
Gear Highlights
  • Ableton Live 10
  • M-Audio BX5A
  • KRK Rokit 5
  • Solid State Logic SSL2
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP
  • Solid State Logic Native Plug-Ins
  • Soundtoys
  • Goodhertz
  • Waves
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