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 features, Observe and Report, and The Foot Fist Way, among others; he’s also written songs for films All The Real Girls, and Undertow. Up next is season 2 of Vice Principals, on HBO, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, for Netflix, and Flower, directed by Max Winkler which just debuted at TriBeca and will be distributed by The Orchard.
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.