Joy Joseph


Drummer, percussionist, 

singer/songwriter, actor

Joy started her career as a live percussionist on the London club scene, but has since carved out a reputation as a groundbreaking drummer, composer and songwriter. She is one fourth of Black Gold Buffalo, a Dark Pop band that has its roots in the East London New Wave movement.

Her part in Mr Hudson and The Library, alongside singer-songwriter Mr. Hudson, put her on track for a career touring globally with artists like Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Groove Armada, Calvin Harris, The Police, Erykah Badu, Mika, Duke Dumont, and New Build.

Most recently Joy has toured extensively with Jessie Ware, and received high praise for her own original Drum-Synth releases, as well as contributed groove-laced drums to her postpunk band Black Gold Buffalo, described recently as “rich in allusion and artistry” by Clash Magazine.

During the heyday of London’s club circuit Joy’s charismatic percussion was THE signifier of any great party, festival or club night, whether adding groove to DJs Fat Tony, DJ Disciple, or Danny Rampling, or raw, uplifting energy to sets by Boy George or Booker T.

But it was the unique, distinct sound of Mr Hudson and the Library; hip hop drum patterns, Tokio Myers’ classical piano, Ben Hudson’s beat-poetry and Joy’s masterful Steelpan (a nod to her Dominican/West London roots); that led to a steep, meteoric rise in interest.

Punctuated by the release of an album, A Tale of Two Cities, the band earned a place on some of most notable tours in music history; Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black Tour and Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour, before it eventually disbanded. Joy’s vocals can be heard on Hudson’s collaborations with Kanye West including Supernova, remixed later by Calvin Harris.

Following this Joy has gone on to work with, among others, acclaimed English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, Grammy Award nominee Mika, and British electronic band New Build, which consists of Hot Chip members Al Doyle and Felix Martin, as a touring musician and also as a producer, songwriter and solo artist.

A seasoned stage performer, her TV and radio exposure has included MTV, live performances on The Jools Holland Show, at The MOBOs, Itunes Festival, BBC’s The One Show, The Alan Carr Show, The Mercury Sessions, and numerous BBC Radio interviews with hosts including Dermot O’Leary and Jo Whiley.

In 2016 Joy released her first solo EP,“Who am I”, featuring her hallmark Afro-Caribbean percussion, 80’s-inspired ethno-electronic sound, haunting vocals and her own live production. Tracks include ‘Lose My Mind’ which was remixed later to epic perfection by Felix Martin (Hot Chip), and ‘Break for Love 2’ a steelpan-led cover of Raze’s epic house tune Break 4 Love, the video of which has racked up thousands of views. Filmed in her hood at the Venture Community Association at Glissando's Pan Yard, Notting Hill, it has been dubbed “Hauntingly sweet" by the song’s original vocalist Keith Thompson.

When not touring cities throughout Europe, the UK and the US, Joy spends her time between Notting Hill, London and Brooklyn while getting hella productive on new remixes, podcast collaborations and physical performance pieces.