Hello! My name is Joey Chang / CelloJoe, the wildest beatboxing cellist in the west. I'm a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and I've played for 30 years. I have recorded for a lot of my friends in the west coast bass music scene like Random Rab, Nicoluminous, Pega5u5, Duffrey, KR3TURE, Erothyme, Sam Klassik, Celeste Lear and many more.
I have a vintage Neumann U87 from the 70s, an Apollo twin, and I record in Ableton and Logic.
I've recorded for many artists and can get your project done fast.
I can read music, I can arrange, I can improvise.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Joseph Chang
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced a track for Tap the Flow with Ra.be 333, Kat Factor, and Galactik Vibes as well as with the painter Miles Toland that raised enough money to provide clean water in Nepal through Generosity.org The track is called Life is What You Make It and there's a music video for it as well.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Instrumental Beatbox / Cello Music
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ahee. Chris Adams recommended me to Sound Better and he's a dope producer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Why? Cost.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll get the job done to your satisfaction or your money back.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I hardly ever work and I get to play all the time. Answering all these questions is the work part. ;-)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: Can you add cello to my song? Answer: Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That recording cello tracks for a project is easy and fast. It takes time!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When do you need this project done by? What's your website? What are your social media profiles?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take a chance. Ask for a demo. You won't be sorry.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Cello, computer, solar panel, battery, inverter, shade tent.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 30 years on cello. 30 years on piano. 20 years on guitar. 20 years beatboxing. 20 years singing and writing songs. Berklee College of Music grad 2006.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Classical Hiphop. Funky Beatbox Cello Looping.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Andrew Huang. His unique approach and creativity in music is very inspiring.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Just get ideas out. You can always change things later and refine.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, EDM, Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 30 years of cello experience. I'm able to improvise parts and create harmonies and counter-melodies. I graduated from Berklee College of Music so I have a lot of theory knowledge. I'm a songwriter myself so I know how to "play the silence" and how to artistically enhance a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I record a whole bunch of ideas and then I edit!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a U87 Neumann from the 70s, a Shure SM-7B, an Apollo | twin interface. I use Ableton primarily, but I also have Logic. I use a macbook pro. I have the platinum Waves plug-ins bundle.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andrew Huang, Mr. Bill, Tom Cosm, Yo Yo Ma, Rushad Eggelston, many others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I add cello to peoples' songs. Usually they send me a track and a lyric and chord sheet and I figure out a part. Sometimes people send me written music to record. I also create Sound Portraits for clients that want a special song to commemorate a special person for their wedding, birthday, etc.