Percussion and Music Production
Josh Wallace’s musicality combines indigenous polyrhythmic music with contemporary songwriting. “My music is a direct reflection of the places I’ve lived and the interactions I’ve had with other people throughout my lifetime,” Josh says.
His new single, “Red, Green, & Gold,” incorporates drums of the South Pacific, and was featured in IRIE Magazine's 420 Issue in April 2019. “Tahitian drumming is something that many people don’t know about, and I consider it a hidden gem,” states Josh. “Incorporating the Tō’ere (a hollowed-out log drum) and other Polynesian percussions into Reggae is just the start. My goal is to help bring this powerful and energetic percussion the place it deserves in modern music.” He hopes to release his first album later this summer.
Born in Southern California, his interest in music piqued in early childhood when his parents enrolled him in piano, voice, and tap dance classes. By age 11, he was invited to learn colonial American music as part of a Fife and Drum Corp, which sparked in him a passion for all things percussion. Concert band, Wind Ensembles, and Youth Orchestras were the foundation whereupon he would build his musical skillset.
In October of 2016, Josh completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University – Hawaii as a General Music Studies Major (Percussion emphasis), participating in the BYU-
Hawaii Salsa Orchestra, BYU-Hawaii “Shaka Steel” Drum Band, and Concert Choir. He was a featured soloist for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra performing Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion. At the Polynesian Cultural Center, he was a drummer for the night-time show “HA: Breath of Life” and also a Master of Ceremonies for the Award-winning “Ali’i Luau.”
He completed his Master of Music Degree in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) at Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus in July of 2018. With the skills in music production, performance, and business, Josh Wallace hopes to continue creating music that will change the world.