Joe Johnson is a New York based composer and sound designer. In 2007, he was one of seven musicians accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. While there, Joe studied composition and jazz performance for two years with trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard. He has toured with country singing legend Ray Price and performed with Herbie Hancock, Willie Nelson, John Williams, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Bennett. Since 2008, Joe has been creating music and sound design for advertising, film, TV and radio under the moniker Felt, Not Heard. In 2009 Joe was awarded first prize at the Thelonious Monk International Composer's Competition for his composition Shepherd Song. He sound designed the 2011 Comedy Central rebrand, which won an Art Directors Club Gold Cube and a One Show Silver Pencil. In 2013 Joe became a member of The One Club's Young Guns 11 class and has served as a juror for Young Guns 12 and 14. Joe scored the first season of the Netflix series Project MC2, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2016. In 2018, Joe created the audio branding for truTV with Trollback+Company and score Daniel J Egbert’s award winning short film - There’s Something In The Trunk.
Joe is currently composing a concert for the city of Matera, Italy - the 2019 European Capital of Culture. The music features international trumpeter Paolo Fresu and Italian folk singer/percussionist Rino Locantore.