BIO

Joe Wong is a Los-Angeles-based composer, musician, producer, and podcast host.

As a composer, Joe Wong has scored everything from the Emmy-winning series Master Of None to the meticulously-bizarre Adult Swim show, Superjail!. In between those extremes he’s scored Sundance-winning narrative features such as the The Pool and award-winning documentaries such as Independent Lens and 6 Days to Air.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Joe studied several instruments as a child and began touring and recording with punk and indie bands at age 14. Joe earned a scholarship to Berklee School of Music, where he studied jazz performance and music production, before leaving it all behind to live in isolation a farm and work on music up to 16 hours a day. After re-connecting with civilization, Joe worked as a drummer—primarily with jazz, latin, and African artists. Later, he moved to NY and reconnected with his rock roots with acclaimed artists: Parts & Labor, Marnie Stern, Aa, Man Forever, and Mary Timony. As a concert musician, Joe has performed with NY-based New Music collective, Wordless Music.

Joe is completing an album of orchestral psychedelic rock for release in 2019.

Joe hosts and co-produces The Trap Set, a podcast/radio show about the lives of drummers. Over the course of over 200 long-form interviews, he has told the life stories of a diverse group of iconic musicians. The exhaustive roster of guests includes everyone from cult legend Drumbo, to Cuban jazz virtuoso Ignacio Berroa, to pop superstars Sheila E. and Phil Collins, and everyone in between.

Joe co-produced Fred Armisen’s Grammy-nominated Netflix special Standup For Drummers.

Music

MUSIC REEL

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Selections from: “Master of None”

Selections from: “Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss”

Selections from: “Ballmasterz”

Selections from: “The Yes Men Are Revolting”

Selections from: “Collapse”

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Selections from: “Superjail!”

Selections from: “The Pool”

Selections from: “The Powerbroker”

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Additional Compositions

COMPOSER CREDITS

TV

Russian Doll– (2018-CURRENT)
Netflix
Paper Kite, NBC/Universal
Exec Prod: Amy Poehler, Kate Arend
Creators: Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland

Master of None– (2015-CURRENT)
Netflix
NBC-Universal Production
Prod: Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang, Michael Schur
Winner: Emmy Award, Outstanding Writing for Comedy
Winner: Critics’ Choice Award, Best Comedy Series 2015

Ballmasterz– (2018-CURRENT)
Adult Swim
Titmouse Entertainment
Creators: Christy Karcas

My Dead Ex– (2018)
Hulu
Prod: Drew Hancock, Jessica Held

Superjail! – (2011-2016)
Adult Swim/Cartoon Network
Titmouse Entertainment
Creators: Christy Karcas, Stephen Warbrick

Playing House– (2014) – Additional Music
USA
Prod:Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair

Supanatural– (2013)
Amazon
Titmouse Entertainment

China, IL– (2013) – Additional Music
Adult Swim/Cartoon Network
Titmouse Entertainment
Creator: Brad Neely

Robotomy – (2010/2011) – Series Composer & Theme Music
Cartoon Network
World Leaders Entertainment
Director: Christy Karacas
Psych (2010) – Additional Music
USA

FILM

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (2018)
Prod: Daniel Noah, Elijah Wood
Director: Viviendo Caldinelli
Stars: Kate Micucci, Sam Huntington, Dan Harmon, Mark McKinney, Maria Bamford

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Prod: Netflix, Robyn Marshall
Director: Susan Johnson

Action #1 (2017)
Prod: Jessica Held
Director: Alex Fernie
Writers: Robert Garant, Thomas Lennon

Permanent (2017)
Director: Colette Burson
Writer: Colette Burson
Stars: Kira McLean, Rainn Wilson, Patricia Arquette

All This Panic (2016)
Prod: Christie Colliopoulos, Jennifer Ollman, Tom Betterton, Jenny Gage
Director: Jenny Gage
Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival

The 414s (2015)
Prod: Chris Thompson
Director: Michael Vollmann
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival

The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014)
Exec Prod: Adam McKay
Prod: Laura Nix
Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Laura Nix
Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival

Hamlet ADD (2014)
Prod: Andrew Swant, Bobby Ciraldo
Directors: Andrew Swant, Bobby Ciraldo
Premier: Los Angeles MOCA

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker (2013)
Prod: Bonnie Hamilton
Director: Christine Khalafian
PBS

Six Days To Air: The Making of South Park (2011)
Prod: Jennifer Ollman
Director: Arthur Bradford
Comedy Central
Nominated: Primetime Emmy

Collapse (2009)
Director: Chris Smith
Discovery Channel
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival

The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)
Director: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
Dist: HBO Films
Official Selection: Sundance International Film Festival
Winner: Berlin International Film Festival Audience Award

Modus Operandi (2009)
Director: Frankie Latina
Stars: Danny Trejo
Official Selection: AFI International Film Festival, Cinevegas Film Festival

Handmade Nation (2008) – Theme Composer
Director: Faythe Levine
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival

In Bed with a Mosquito (2008)
Director: Sarah Frank
Winner: New York Film Festival (Shorts Category)

The Pool (2007)
Director: Chris Smith
Dist: Vitagraph Films
Sundance Channel
Stars: Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chawan
Nominated: Independent Spirit Award
Winner: Sundance Special Jury Prize

Summercamp! (2006)
Directors: Bradley Beasley, Sarah Price
Sundance Channel
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival

Life of Reilly (2006)
Directors: Barry Poltermann, Frank Anderson
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival

The Yes Men (2003)
Directors: Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, Sarah Price
MGM/United Artists
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival

RECENT ALBUMS

Bill Dolan (2018)
Bill Dolan
Joe Wong: Co-Prod./Bandmember

Constant Future (2011)
Parts & Labor
Prod.: Dave Fridmann
Joe Wong: Co-Prod./Bandmember
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Receivers (2008)
Parts & Labor
Joe Wong: Co-Prod./Bandmember
Jagjaguwar

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PRESS

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“The best teen romance of the decade.”
Vox, 5/3/2018

“Rekindled my love of Korean Food”
Washington Post, 9/14/2018

“When you see someone who looks like you, it reveals what is possible.”
New York Times, 8/17/2018

Master of None

“A bittersweet valentine, a timely fable about cultural character, Master of None is rich entertainment powered by Ansari’s increasing mastery of his art, his artistic hunger, and the wisdom and skill of his collaborators”
Entertainment Weekly, 8/24/2018

“The new batch of Master of None episodes is on my short list for scripted show of the year. … Season two is even better than season one.”
New York Magazine, 5/10/2017

“The year’s best comedy straight out of the gate”
New York Times, 11/2/2015

“Master of None sets exceptionally ambitious goals for itself–and for the most part, it nails them.”
Variety, 11/2/2015

All This Panic

“All This Panic is a deeply felt tribute to youth but also to growing up; it’s a time capsule of a fleeting, fragile moment when angst is mixed with beauty and everything seems ripe with potential.”
LA Times, 4/17/2017

“All This Panic opts for messy honesty — and, in the process, finds hope for all of its subjects, in ways both big and small..”
Village Voice, 3/29/2017

The Yes Men Are Revolting

“A delectable moment of pure farce.”
New York Times, Critics’ Pick, 6/11/2015

“Another entertaining mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography that should expand on the prior success.”
Variety, 9/11/2014

The Pool

“The lilting soundtrack by Didier Leplae and Joe Wong conjures the city’s past as a Portuguese outpost.”
New York Times, Critics’ Pick, 9/2/2008

“Authentically specific and Profoundly Global.”
Entertainment Weekly, A- Rating, 9/10/2008

“Natural and unforced, with a winning fluency and calm observational style.”
The Guardian (UK), FOUR STARS, 11/15/2012

Superjail!

“Surreal and Violent!.”
Buzzfeed, 10/01/2013

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker

“An especially thought-provoking portrait of Young’s life in a modern context.”
San Francisco Chronicle, 2/14/2013

“Searching for Bootstraps for Pulling Up.”
New York Times, 2/17/2013

Six Days To Air: The Making of Southpark

“There are almost as many laughs in 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park as there are in an actual episode of South Park.”
New York Times, 10/9/2011

“As they stress out and cocoon in their offices and forget what combs are for, you realize how much they must love what they’re doing, because nobody would do this just for the money.”
AV Club, 10/10/2011

Collapse

“I don’t know when I’ve seen a thriller more frightening. I couldn’t tear my eyes from the screen. Collapse is even entertaining, in a macabre sense. I think you owe it to yourself to see it.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, FOUR STARS, 12/9/2009

“Hypnotic and Haunting. Add this film on your shortlist of things to do.”
Time Magazine, Shortlist of Things to Do, 1/15/2010

“Even in a season of apocalyptic films, these facts are really, really scary.”
Toronto Globe and Mail, FOUR STARS, 11/20/2009

Modus Operandi

“It’s not enough to like such films because they’re “so bad they’re good.” You need to specialize, and like the films because they’re so good about being so bad they’re good..”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 10/4/2010

CONTACT

Film/TV/Games: Amos Newman + Bradley Rainey, WME, 310-285-9000
Advertising: Kelly Bayett, Barking Owl, 310-979-4000

 

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