A long time ago in The Land of the Morning Calm (South Korea), a then six-year old Joe Harvey had a mind altering experience. His oldest brother came home with some bootleg cassette tapes of American music, and one of those tapes contained the song “8th Wonder” by The Sugar Hill Gang. There was something about Hip Hop music that took a hold in Joe Harvey’s mind and no matter what other music he listened to, he would always gravitate back to Hip Hop. He realized that this music was his. It wasn’t his dad’s or his mom’s music, and it wasn’t his brother’s music. It was all his, and he clung onto it with all his might.
Joe moved back to the U.S. at the age of ten, and at the age of fifteen another event would alter his life once again. A friend told Joe he was starting a rap group with a couple of other guys. This friend knew Joe listened to Hip Hop music and asked if he ever had written any raps. Joe lied through his teeth and said “Yes”. So he was then invited to a practice the following night to see if he was worthy of being down with the group. That night Joe Harvey wrote his first rap and the rest as they say is history.
Since those historic moments in Joe Harvey’s life a lot has happened (i.e. meeting the love of his life, getting married and…oh yeah, becoming a father), but Hip Hop music was always the constant. Joe has been in several groups over the years (Sektion31 1995-2002 & Twilight Sentinels 2004-2008) and it was with his first group that he learned about all the ins and outs of sampling loops and break beats and also started studying the art of music. This knowledge led him to become the producer and emcee he is today and that search for knowledge still continues with his current group The Proforms.
Joe Harvey has not only produced music for his own groups (Twilight Sentinels and The Proforms) but also for others such as:
Son of Thought