Even if you don’t know who Joe Wong is, you’re almost certainly aware of his work. The Los Angeles-based composer and producer can be heard on television shows like Russian Doll, Ugly Delicious, Master Of None, and Superjail, as well as films like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Seven Stages To Achieve Eternal Bliss. He also co-produced Fred Armisen’s Netflix special, Standup For Drummers. Beyond his on-screen efforts, Wong also interviews some of the world’s most accomplished percussionists on The Trap Set—an excellent drummer-focused podcast that has released more than 230 episodes to this point. On top of all that work in a variety of mediums, Wong continues to write and record his own music.
While back in his hometown of Milwaukee over Thanksgiving, Wong met up with My First Band host Tyler Maas to talk about his eclectic artistic résumé that spans the realms of television, film, podcasting, and live performance. The conversation also made its way to Wong’s interest in drumming during adolescence, his formative high school and college bands, and his time living in a Riverwest house venue that would later be featured on an episode of Hoarders. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, Wong also talked about his foray into the interesting world of TV and film scoring.
My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing and Mystery Room Mastering. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and Joe Wong (“Hard Reset”).