Genre: Rock & Roll     Contact: west.jclark@gmail.com

Influences: Mike Portnoy, Dave Grohl, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, and Buddy Rich


When Joseph West plays live, it is undeniable that he loves what he is doing. From throwing his body around like a madman to the goofy grin on his face after a show, Joseph West emulates the spirit of a true rock & roll drummer. But all his energy is not fluff to distract from his lack of substance. A classically trained musician, Joseph West began learning to play by performing percussion in his high school’s concert wind ensemble and jazz band, giving him the experience to read music and perform on stage at the age of 12.

Since then, West has played hundreds of live performances, recorded with 5 different musical artists, and now hosts a weekly music podcast.

Live with Kilo's KF Kwartet

In 2012, Joseph West joined Some Assembly Required, a cover band in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Focused on creating family-friendly music, SAR amassed a following of hundreds from 2012 to 2014 by covering artists such as Nirvana, Cheap Trick, and The Black Keys.  The band won Rocketown’s 2014 Battle Of The Bands.

Joseph West found himself largely out of work throughout 2014 and 2015 until he discovered a Murfreesboro band combining powerful pop-punk hooks with unique alternative rock songwriting. The Verge welcomed West into the group and recorded their first EP, It’s About Time, with him in early 2017. (https://open.spotify.com/album/79IQLLd0EX8Urv27OTuFRC)

In addition to The Verge, West has done freelance work as a musician both live and in the studio. Most notably Ashes Of Folly (http://ashesoffolly.com) and Julian Jennison (https://juliankennethjennison.bandcamp.com/).


Album: It’s About Time Artist: The Verge

Track: “Fading Colors Of The Night (Hidden Track)” Artist: Julian Jennison

Julian Jennison released his album College Budget Recordings Vol. 2 on June 3rd of 2016. This clip is from a hidden track on the end of the album in which the band decided to record an improvisational jam during the recording of “Fading Colors Of The Night”. West was a freelance musician for this work, playing conga and singing backup vocals.


Below is a video of West performing “Mend” live with his former band, The Verge.