Joe Tomino (percussion)


Joe Tomino

Joe Tomino

Joe Tomino is a musician living in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe is endorsed by Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Vic Firth Sticks, and Earthquaker Devices.

In his hometown of Cleveland, OH, Joe played professionally in many genres such as jazz, rock, hip-hop, reggae, classical and electronic. After graduating high school, Joe attended Cleveland State University studying classical percussion with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. It was around this time that Joe started playing and touring with the internationally acclaimed avant-acoustic-electric trio, birth. After leaving home, Joe moved up east to study composition and jazz performance at the New England Conservatory.

Since relocating to New York City in 2000, Joe has had the opportunity to play, tour and record with such artists as The Fugees, Lady Gaga, Mike Patton, Wyclef Jean, Matisyahu, Easy Star Allstars, Blondie, The Green, Leela James, Rahzel, Del Amitri, Lauren Hill, Joe Maneri, Simply Red, Ying Yang Twins, Maxi Priest, Wayne Krantz, Meshell Ndegeocollo, and other notable names in the music industry. Joe has also written, produced, and played for producers/songwriters such as David Khane(Sublime, Regina Spektor), Gordon Williams(Lauren Hill, Santana), Tom Morello(Rage Against the Machine), Warren Riker(Michael Jackson, Fugees), Joel Hamilton(Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed), Jamie Segal(Taking Back Sunday, Lauren Hill), Jim Scott(Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty), Rob Fusari(Lady Gaga, Destiny’s Child, Will Smith), and others.

Joe currently spends several months out of the year touring the world with Dub Trio (an original dub/metal instrumental band). Dub Trio is currently the backing band for Matisyahu and has toured the world, played the 2010 Winter Olympics, made several TV appearances, and recorded behind the two albums: ‘Live at Stubbs Vol. II’ & ‘Light.’ Outside of playing with Dub Trio, Joe keeps busy recording/touring as a session musician, composing music for tv/film, producing/remixing, teaching, and designing multimedia art. Joe also played drums for Mike Patton’s (ex-Faith No More/Mr. Bungle vocalist) project, Peeping Tom. The bands touring credits include Dour Festival, Lollapalooza, The Who and Gnarls Barkley, Late Night w/Conan O’Brien and The Henry Rollins Show. The NYC collective, Battle of Mice, also features Joe’s drumming. BOM’s debut album was included in the top ten records of 2006/2007 in both Decibel and Revolver magazines. .Joe also held down the drum chair for The Fugees’ international reunion tour. In 2003, Joe was the recipient of an American Music Award and performed live on national television for the awards ceremony.

“. . . has sharp attack that fills the music with punchy life” “Tomino uses digital delay on parts of his kit…its an amazing thing to see.”     –     Modern Drummer

“. . . valued as on innovator of drums, mostly for shifting his ability of mixing styles and his intense propulsive spur.” – Jazzer

“. . . after seeing what Joe Tomino does with a drum kit, a pair of sticks and effected mic, you will give up playing drums.” Sentimentalist

“Joe Tomino is plain ridiculous, the way he knocks the beat backward and forward like some kind of 5D table tennis match.” Metal Jazz

“. . . in a whirling dervish who simply must be heard to be believed.”–