GROUP CAGE9, MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO, PARALLEL MIND
Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. He first started with the piano and soon after began the trumpet. Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and was the recipient of numerous awards. He was also part of a national youth wind ensemble that performed at Carnegie Hall. Joe attended Elmhurst College in Chicago where he earned his B.A. in Music.
Drumming is an ongoing art form about which Joe is very passionate and constantly strives to improve. Joe has been playing drums since 1994, and because of his previous musical training, drumming came to him very naturally. His strong understanding of theory, keen melodic and harmonic sense, and excellent pitch makes him unique on the instrument.
In 2002, Joe began his long running relationship with renowned guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio. Since then he has toured Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Russia, and India with Michael. Joe also performed in Michael's music videos and recorded on two of his full length albums. During the 2011 NAMM show, Joe and Michael opened up the Dean Guitars concert for Megadeth and Hellyea.
Joe's progressive-rock group, Parallel Mind, was signed to Unicorn Records of Canada in 2005 for the release of their album, Colossus ADEA. In the spring of 2006, Joe joined the Chicago based band, Kill Hannah, for a 5 month national tour in support of the group's second album with Atlantic Records. During that time, Joe performed in the band's Lips Like Morphine music video, the WGN morning news, and Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival.
From 2007-2010, Joe played in the rock band, South Of Earth, featuring Geno Lenardo (FILTER, Chevelle), Joe Grah (Loser, Jibe), and Bill Gower (Boy Hits Car). He is currently the drummer for the band Cage9, featuring members of Powerman 5000.
Joe has also had the honor of appearing in Modern Drummer magazine five times and was also featured in the November 2006 issue of DRUM! magazine.
Currently, Joe resides in Los Angeles and performs regularly with a few local groups. He is an active studio musician and also teaches private lessons. In addition to performing, he is also an avid songwriter and composer.