Joe Wong

Composer of Russian Doll and Master of None
Founder and Host of The Trap Set with Joe Wong

Courtesy of Subject

Joe Wong is a Los-Angeles-based composer, musician, producer, and podcast host.

As a composer, Joe Wong has scored everything from the Emmy-winning series Master Of None to the meticulously-bizarre Adult Swim show, Superjail!. In between those extremes he’s scored Sundance-winning narrative features such as the The Pool and award-winning documentaries such as Independent Lens and 6 Days to Air.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Joe studied several instruments as a child and began touring and recording with punk and indie bands at age 14. Joe earned a scholarship to Berklee School of Music, where he studied jazz performance and music production, before leaving it all behind to live in isolation a farm and work on music up to 16 hours a day. After re-connecting with civilization, Joe worked as a drummer—primarily with jazz, latin, and African artists. Later, he moved to NY and reconnected with his rock roots with acclaimed artists: Parts & Labor, Marnie SternAaMan Forever, and Mary Timony. As a concert musician, Joe has performed with NY-based New Music collective, Wordless Music.

Joe is completing an album of orchestral psychedelic rock for release in 2019.

Joe hosts and co-produces The Trap Set, a podcast/radio show about the lives of drummers. Over the course of over 200 long-form interviews, he has told the life stories of a diverse group of iconic musicians. The exhaustive roster of guests includes everyone from cult legend Drumbo, to Cuban jazz virtuoso Ignacio Berroa, to pop superstars Sheila E. and Phil Collins, and everyone in between.

Joe co-produced Fred Armisen’s Grammy-nominated Netflix special Standup For Drummers.


Listen to past episodes of The Trap Set.


Watch the trailers for Russian Doll and Master of None.


This episode of The Pop Disciple Podcast is hosted by Paul Goldowitz.

Production, Editing, Mixing, Mastering | Paul Goldowitz
Select Cues and Songs Throughout Episode | Joe Wong
The Pop Disciple Podcast Theme and Outro Music | Paul Goldowitz

Special thanks to Joe Wong.