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Joey Z was born and raised in Brooklyn during a time when the NYC hardcore and underground scene was hitting its peak. Trying to escape family turmoil, he buried himself in guitar and the music scene at clubs Lamour, The Ritz and Roseland, listening to bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Ozbourne and Misfits.
According to Joey, “At the age of 16, I saw Metallica play for the first time, and from then on it was all over. I was inspired to crush, and formed my first band Life of Agony along with my best friends and cousin. For a kid from Brooklyn, signing my first record deal when I was 18 years old was a dream come true.”
His career followed with 4 albums with Life of Agony and 2 with Stereomud, which were released on respected labels Roadrunner, Columbia and Epic, (Sony). More recently, he had the chance to work with great mentor and friend, the late Peter Steele in the band Carnivore.
After 20 years of touring all over America and Europe, playing along side Tool, Megadeth, Ozzy Ozbourne, Korn, and recording with gifted producers Don Gilmore (Good Charlotte, Dashboard Confessional, Linkin Park), John Travis (Sugar Ray, Kid Rock, Social Distortion, Static X), Rick Parashar (Nickelback, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge) and Greg Fidelman (Chili Peppers, SOAD, Bush, Jet, Slayer) he became obsessed with the process of getting that perfect sound.
In 2005, he opened Method of Groove Studio in Brooklyn, NY where he has produced up and coming bands such as Brand New Sin, Sworn Enemy, Misery, The Greatest Fear and Spoiler NYC, recorded veterans like H20 and Sick of it All, and even had the almighty Anthrax roll through the studio in 2008.
Joey claims, “Every project I take on is a journey for me and the artists that I work with. Anyone I’ve recorded will tell you that great time and emotion is put into every project that passes through my studio. My intention is to diversify the genres I handle, producing the best of the best that exist today, and hopefully work with the next generation of great artists that will have a major impact on the world.