Al Joseph was born 1987 in Highland Park, IL and was raised in Scranton, PA where his musical journey began. At the age of 10 years old, he began playing the drumset in various musical settings. However, his passion for the guitar soon took over at the age of 11 and a year or so later he permanently laid down his sticks and started his guitar-led journey!
Al’s earlier influences began with modern 90s bands like Creed, Deftones, Sevendust, P.O.D., Korn, Pillar, and many other metal bands hitting the scene at that time. However, Al’s thirst for musical and technical challenge eventually lead him to the virtuoso scene as well. AJ remembers cruising down “I-80” with his father in his brand new Camero SS when all the sudden his dad popped in the one album that would set the tone for the duration of Al’s musical life.
AJ says, “I just remember my dad smirking saying ‘check this out’. Joe Satriani’s Surfing With Alien was my first taste at what I believe for me was true guitar playing at it’s finest”. Immediately Al began studying his instrument with new expectation and hopeful ambition, “something in life to aspire to”, Al continues.
It wasn’t too long before Al’s never-ending hunger for musical height lead him to the one and only “John Petrucci” lead guitarist for band Dream Theater. “That was it for me… Live at Budokan was just it. I knew that if I could get on that level both technically and compositionally there would be no stopping my quest for musical fulfillment”.
Al continued to practice and study hard throughout his years at Penn State University where he also participated in various collegiate sports and activities as well. However, fate did not seize to have its way with the young guitar player. He later decided that his passion for music was just too strong and followed this path by auditioning for a prestigious spot at Berklee College of Music as a scholarship recipient right off the bat. Al is now a proud Alumni at Berklee and is now making his mark on the world of music as we know it.
Al Joseph is now part of the official roster at “JamTrackCentral.com” where he is featured alongside some of the worlds mightiest string slingers such as Guthrie Govan, Marco Sfogli, Andy James, Jeff Loomis, and Martin Miller to name a few!
Al has recently launched his debut solo record ‘Out In The Open’ through JTC Records, which features singles “Out In The Open”, “Desperate Times”, and “The Missing You” already popular amongst his growing army of fans. Al had the pleasure of working with some of Berklee’s top musicians on this titanic record, including Eren Basbug (Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater). Be sure to check out “Sun Devils” and “Desperate Measures” to catch Eren’s searing keyboard solos.
“There is no question of Al’s ability on the guitar. Still a young player he brings some great classic ideas and makes them extremely accessible, whilst surrounding them with professionally produced tracks. Expect to see a lot more from Al over the coming years….he has an exciting career ahead of him.” -Jonny Carpenter, Jam Track Central”