My father was a drummer, so I’ve been playing since I was old enough to grip sticks. I got my first drumkit when I was seven, and started taking lessons the same year. I’ve always had an extreme passion for percussion; it just motivates me more than anything. It’s what keeps me happy and keeps me moving forward. I was in high school drumline, which taught me a lot of different tricks of the trade and kept me busy year-round spending my parents’ money on drum related costs.
I started touring after my freshman year of high school. I was fifteen, but I knew what I wanted to do. We left for four weeks out of the seven-week summer. After that, every break from high school I had, I was on tour, trying to make the music thing work. There’s just something about waking up in a different place everyday and meeting completely different people every evening. There’s nothing like touring, and it seems to be something I could never grow tired of.
I met Foxy in late ’06 and became intrigued. It’s a true story that I sold their merch for two tours before actually joining the band. In 2007 I managed to spend about six months on tour and one month in the studio, skip six months of high school, get my high school diploma, and meet thousands of amazing people.
I love what I do.
For more on Joseph Allen Halberstadt and Foxy Shazam, go to www.myspace.com/foxyshazam.