At an early age, multi-instrumentalist composer/songwriter, Joseph Stephens began experimenting and creating music with 4 track tape machines, delay pedals, guitars, radios, and anything else he could get his hands on. While attending college in North Carolina, he began writing songs and scoring student films for friends which led to a working relationship with up and coming filmmakers. A frequent collaborator with Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green, Stephens’ work has included scores for HBO’s series, Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down, as well as the features Observe and Report and Flower, among others; he’s also written songs for films All The Real Girls, and Undertow. Joseph’s latest television scores can be heard on the Hulu show Shut Eye and The Last O.G., airing on TBS. Up next is the Jonathan Watson-directed, Danny McBride comedy Arizona (which will be premiering at this year’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival), as well as the romantic feature film Lost In France.
Embracing the possibilities of modern technology along with traditional live musicians, Stephens has developed a pallet for unusual sounds; including a 25 piece live drum line, singing saws, vocal manipulation, and other more typical instrumentation in concert with analog and digital synths. He also cultivates an annual hot pepper garden during summer months.