Joel Mankey is a musician, engineer, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Thousand Oaks, CA. He received his Bachelor's of Music from California State University, Northridge, where he graduated in 2007 with a Major in Music Composition for Film and Television with a Minor in Japanese Language.
Joel has worked on both sides of the curtain in the music industry for his entire life, and has travelled around the world, playing and working at such venues as The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, The International Music Festival in Chihuahua, Mexico, and Fred Kavli Performing Arts Center right at home in Thousand Oaks. He has worked either as a performer or a mixing engineer in countless venues around Los Angeles including The Los Angeles Coliseum, The Staples Center, The John Anson Ford Amphitheater, The Hollywood Bowl, The Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, CBS Dancing with the Stars, The Valley Performing Arts Center, Catalina's Bar and Grill, Cafe Metropol, and many, many more.
As a professional musician, Joel has played nineteen different instruments as a regular performer more than ten different Bands and Ensembles and played on countless recordings, from small indie groups to major label releases and network television premiers. As a record producer and recording engineer he has produced countless recordings both live and in-studio from Monkey-Man Studios, the studio he shares with his father in Thousand Oaks.
Joel has worked with a wide cross-section of professionals in the industry both in Los Angeles and around the world such as Brian Blades, Lionel Louke, Sara Gazarek, Jake Shimabukuro, Roger Wagner, Christian McBride, Jimmy Branley, Carlitos Del-Puerto, Alex Iles, Kim Richmond, Nels Cline, Josh Nelson, Rocco Somazzi and the Angel City Jazz Festival, LeRoy Downs, The On Ensemble, Dave Champagne, The California Traditional Music Society, TAIKOPROJECT, Folk Works, The Masanga Marimba Ensemble, Grand Performances: Los Angeles, James Stemen, David Whitwell, Gary Pratt, Matt Harris, John Magnussen, Katia Moraes, Aaron Serfaty, Sara Leib, Abe Lagrimas, Emi Meyer, The Culture Crash Orquestra, Masato Baba, Roland Garcia, Kris Bergstrom, Shoji Kameda, Mario Pallais, Michael Mull, Gigi Rabe, John Finseth, John Ferriter, Marty Greb, Sean FayeCullen, and many more.