Joe Romersa

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Joe Romersa
Born 1956 (age 60–61)
California, U.S.
Genres Ambient, Electronica, Folk, Rock, Trance
Occupation(s) Drummer, Musician, Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Sound Engineer, Voice Actor
Instruments Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1978 – present
Labels Shadow Box Studio
Associated acts Marc Tanner Band, Soy Cowboy, Meat Sandwich, O the Band, Audio Monkey, Joe Romersa and The Sanity Seekers

Joe Romersa is an American musician, composer, voice actor, and producer.

Recognized in his teens for his talent with sound, Joe's illustrious career includes working with many notable music industry greats. Joe's first love has always been drumming but early on he branched out into sound engineering. As Joe tells it, "After a tragic early tour I did at age 19 which left me homeless sleeping on a park bench in New Jersey, I had to find a way to make money and still be close to what I love; music."[1] Upon his return to California, Joe studied sound engineering. Combining his fledgling career as a professional musician with the more stable income of sound engineering allowed Joe to perfect his craft as both a gifted drummer/percussionist and as a hard-working, and talented sound engineer.

Joe started touring as the drummer for the Marc Tanner Band. On April 19, 1979, they would open for Firefall, at the Palace Theater in Cleveland Ohio.[2] The Marc Tanner Band also opened for Jefferson Starship. Joe was a drummer, percussionist, and composer on Tanner's second album, Temptations, along with guitarist Ritchie Zito and bassist Ron Edwards.

While working in the studio, a chance meeting with keyboardist and songwriter Vincent Nicoletti, would result in the band Soy Cowboy with its unique 'Thai Western' sound. Joe was brought in as a drummer and sound engineer, but his talent as a lead vocalist would soon be discovered as the band was pulled together. After their first recordings received airplay by renowned Los Angeles radio personality, Tom Schnabel of KCRW-FM (89.9), the band caught the attention of then art student Tarsem Singh. In 1990, Singh would produce the Soy Cowboy's only music video for their song Lily Pads and Rock Cod.[3] Soy Cowboy's first album First Time Again was produced in 1991 but it was not released to the public. The album would later be released in 2009, by Shadow Box Studio. Their second album 2012 was produced and released in 2012. As noted by Tom Schnabel "The band got moderate airplay on U.S. radio, but in England briefly jumped to the top of the charts."[4]

Joe was both a drummer and engineer on John Prine's 1992 Grammy Award-winning album The Missing Years. He would go on to work with Carlene Carter on her 1993 country music album Little Love Letters as the drummer, percussionist, engineer and backup vocalist along with bassist Howie Epstein and keyboardist Benmont Tench. Little Love Letters would rise to #35 on the Top Country Albums chart and included the #3 hit Every Little Thing and two top 100 songs; I Love You 'Cause I Want To (#50) and Unbreakable Heart (#51). Joe's beautiful young daughter, Reyna, would make her video "debut" in I Love You 'Cause I Want To.

In the late 1980s, a slight, older gentleman with a shock of long white hair would walk into the recording studio without an appointment. That man was Eden Ahbez, known as ahbe to his friends.[5] That fateful day would mark the beginning of an 8-year relationship with the man that wrote Nature Boy. Joe and ahbe worked together until ahbe's untimely death in 1995.[6]

During Joe's career he would also work with Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Laurence Juber, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, David Lindley, Whoopi Goldberg, Poco, Thin White Rope, Bruce Springsteen, Angelyne, Havana, The Dickies, Melanie, The Lettermen, Peaches, Miki Howard, John Klemmer, Iron Butterfly, Egyptian Lover, Bitch, Dave Edmunds, Freddy Cannon, Don Julian & the Larks, Mary Wells, Big Mama Thornton, The Coasters, and Bob Dylan.

Joe's talent as a voice artist would soon find him working in the world of anime. In 1994, Joe started engineering, voice acting, and ADR directing on Anime and Game projects, which led to his work on Silent Hill.[1] In 2002, Yutaka Maseba and Haruyo Kanesaku at ZRO Limit Production introduced Joe and Akira Yamaoka. The two musicians got together and jammed at Joe's studio, Joe on his drums and Akira playing on Joe's borrowed Strat and Line 6 amp. Their only communication was through their music until the translator came and they would discuss the Silent Hill project. Joe would go on to work as music supervisor on Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room and Silent Hill: Homecoming. Joe is the talent behind the song lyrics in these games. He also sings on "Hometown" and "Cradle of Forest."[7]

One of Joe's more recent projects is the production of Alana Sweetwater's 2004 release of Alana Sweetwater. Her single from that album, Song of Love, was featured on the original Showtime series, Season 3, Episode 6, of The Real L World. Joe was a musician for the album and handled the mixing for this project as well.

Joe's musical inspirations are eclectic, but it all started with watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Other musical influences include Beethoven, John Cage, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Prima, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Move, and David Bowie.[1]

Joe currently lives in Southern California. Joe remains first and foremost a musician. Having recently released his vast archive representative of his work, he has returned his focus to composing and performing original music. He still drums live and can occasionally be found drumming somewhere in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Joe continues to produce music at his Shadow Box Studio. He keeps the light on in the studio because there is always sound engineering to be done.


Mainstream albums[edit]

Year Title Artist Record Company Role
Unknown 1000 Pt. Man Thom Bishop Virgin Records Engineer
1978 Living In The USA Linda Ronstadt Elektra Entertainment Engineer
1978 Thank You for Funkin' Up My Life Donald Byrd Elektra/Asylum Engineer
1979 Fate for Breakfast Art Garfunkel Legacy Records Engineer
1980 Temptation The Marc Tanner Band Elektra/Asylum Musician, Writer
1987 In Full Swing Full Swing Cypress Records Engineer
1989 Second Coming The Dickies Restless Records Engineer
1990 China Beach: Music and Memories Various Artists Warner Bros. Records Engineer
1990 The Sounds Of Murphy Brown: Original Television Soundtrack Album Various Artists MCA Records Engineer
1990 Thirteen Blood Red Rosebuds Steve Forbert SquirrelMad Sound Engineer, Drums
1991 The Missing Years John Prine Oh Boy Records Engineer, Musician
1991 The Ruby Sea Thin White Rope Frontier Musician
1993 Little Love Letters Carlene Carter Warner Bros. Records Engineer, Musician
1995 Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings John Prine Oh Boy Records Engineer, Musician, Co-Writer (One Song)
1995 Beauty and the Beast Sven Vath Warner Bros. Records Engineer
1997 The Bitch is Back Bitch Enigma/Metal Blade Producer
2003 Silent Hill 3 Original Soundtracks Akira Yamaoka Konami Featured Singer, Music supervisor
2003 Songs of Bob Dylan: May Your Song Always Be Sung Various Artists BMG Engineer, Musician, Featured Singer,
2004 Coercion Street Ernie Payne Black & Tan Holland Musician
2004 Silent Hill 4: The Room Original Soundtracks Akira Yamaoka Konami Featured Singer, Music supervisor, Lyrics writer
2008 Silent Hill Zero Original Soundtracks Akira Yamaoka Konami Lyrics writer
2008 Silent Hill Homecoming Soundtrack Akira Yamaoka Konami Lyrics writer
2009 Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Soundtrack Akira Yamaoka Konami Lyrics writer

Indie albums[edit]

Title Artist Record Company Role
Alana Sweetwater Alana Sweetwater Shadow Box Studio Producer, Musician, Writer
Free Enterprise Free Enterprise Indie Engineer, Producer
Julia Free Julia Free Indie Producer, Musician, Writer
Larry Whitman Larry Whitman Indie Producer
Meat Sandwich Meat Sandwich Shadow Box Studio Engineer, Producer, Artist
Nuclear Test Band Nuclear Test Band Indie Musician, Engineer
Needles and Pins Page Pazaro Indie Engineer, Producer
O The Band O The Band Indie Producer, Musician, Writer
First Time Again Soy Cowboy Shadow Box Studio Producer, Musician, Writer
2012 Soy Cowboy Shadow Box Studio Produer, Musician, Writer
Yolie Lox and the Bears Yolie Lox and the Bears Indie Engineer, Producer, Artist
Audio Monkey Joe Romersa Shadow Box Studio Artist, Engineer, Producer
Enough Joe Romersa Shadow Box Studio Artist, Musician, Producer


Anime voice-over[edit]

Non-anime voice-over[edit]

  • Big Rig Buddies as Smokey the Fire Truck (formerly)

Staff work[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Interview with Joe Romersa, the man behind the voice | 世楽 SEGAKU". Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  2. ^ "FIREFALL | TOUR ARCHIVE". Firefall. Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  3. ^ JONES, JANICE L. (1993-06-05). "Soy Cowboy: Thais to the West : Pop music: What started as a one-time project led this country rock band--with bilingual backup singers--to a niche in world beat". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Soy Cowboy: Back Again". Rhythm Planet. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Eden Ahbez, the First Hippie". Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  6. ^ Chidester, Brian (2014-02-18). "Eden Ahbez: The Hippie Forefather's Final Statement to the World". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Joe Romersa Interview: Writing Songs for Silent Hill (March 2008)". Retrieved 2016-11-10. 

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