Joe Zook began his career in music as a musician in Boulder, CO. -- playing guitar in bands while he was in Elementary school and Junior
High. A 16 year old employee at Robb's Music in Boulder, Joe worked for store credit and amassed as much gear as his hourly toil could
afford him. He moved to Ausitn, Tx. at age 19, where he began playing guitar for the band House in Orbit.
The group toured for a time, but Joe's heart was in recording; after attending some studio classes and landing an internship at a local studio, he began plying his craft. On the reccomendation of several New York and Los Angeles recording studios Joe had applied to,
he embarked on a degree from the acclaimed University of Miami, where he studied music theory, jazz, music business, and digital audio. He was also a founding member of 'Cane Records, and producer of two records for them.
After graduating, in 1997 he made his way to Los Angeles, where he got a gig as a runner at well-regarded Conway Studios. Six months later, he began working as a second engineer at the legendary studio Sunset Sound and Sound Factory. It was there that he assisted Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom on multiple projects, and also learned the craft from Quincy Jones, Don Was, Niko Bolas, Val Garay, T-Bone Burnette, Tony Visconti, Greg Wells, Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnampf, Neil Avron, Dave Sardy, Rich Costey, Joe Barresi, Andrew Scheps, John Fields, Greg Fiddleman, Jim Scott, David Khane, Craig Street, Dave Rideau, Raphael Saadiq, Dave Way, Geoff Gillette, Dori Caymmi, Glen Ballard, and many other extremely talented producers and engineers.
After four years at Sunset, he met iconoclastic producer Jack Joseph Puig. The two struck up a professional relationship that took Joe through nearly two years of record making, primarily as ProTools engineer-though he shared engineering and recording duties on JJP productions. Joe worked with artists such as Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Vanessa Carlton, No Doubt, and dozens more.
At the end of his stint in Puig's studio in 2002, Joe began free-lancing. Since then he has mixed and/or recorded albums totaling woldwide sales of over 20 million, working with producers such as Ryan Tedder, Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Dennis Herring, Marshal Altman, Glen Ballard, and others. (see discograph) Joe is also a proud father and husband.