Sep 10, 2013, 11:30

Location:Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Member since: December 13, 2010

Tracks in portfolio on 182 (click here to hear all tracks)


Joey Stebanuk is an instrumentalist who composes in various genres and styles including Rock, Pop, DreamScape, Cross genre, Down tempo, Blues, Acoustic and Electric, Country, Americana, full instrumentation and solo, all performed on real instruments and guitar based. Joey is known for his outstanding versatility delivering authentic and convincing performances within all his genres. Joey’s music has unique character and a personal style high in mood, emotion and personality. Joey’s music has been placed on MTV programming, in feature films, commercials, corporate videos, DVDs, photography videos, web videos and is also being used in various venues as background music.

Some Questions We Asked Joey–

–High profile projects or clients you have worked for?

I have music placed in MTV programing, An H&M fashion advertisement, music in “Natsha Kizmet:The Movie”, a trailer for novelist Ronald Herron ” Master Story Teller “, tracks used by multiple Emmy award nominee Ed Wiseman. I also recently been commissioned by record label Afirm Records to compose and record all the music for poet Andria Kidd’s new CD to be released in 2014. And many high profile corporate videos.

–Primary instrument?

Electric guitar is my primary instrument. Except for drum programming (which are samples of a real drummer) I use all real instruments going into a digital work station. I don’t use virtual instruments, music construction kits, sample CDs or compose computer generated music, and that’s how I promote myself, as an alternative and option to computer generated music. I lean towards old school.

–Piece of gear or software you wish you owned?
Various ethnic instruments and a nice grand piano!

–Film score or song you admire? Why?
Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix. I first heard the song when I was twelve years old. The tone of the guitar, the high emotion, the way he sang it, the melody, the compositional value, everything about it! It had the most impact on me of any song or musical experience until this day! That was when I decided I was going to be a guitarist, even though I never knew how to play any instrument at the time.

Music education background?
I’m self taught in everything I do or have done.

Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?
Two moments actually. The art of musical guitar phrasing versus technical brilliance. After I went through the technical brilliance stage and realized it was musical phrasing and song composition that made me the happiest and resulted in my strongest material and that is also when people started taking notice and I started to gain success. The loud “volume” thing in today’s recordings is another one. I quit the loudness level a long time ago as I couldn’t stand the “more volume than sound” in much of today’s recordings. I always leave some head room in my recordings to retain the sweetness, tone, dynamics, etc. It also gives editors room to work with, so if they need to turn the music up or down it will still sound good, and they appreciate that.

–Most embarrassing music-related moment?
More than a few! But one that stands out is back in my touring days, we were performing at this packed club, I was in a middle of a very hot guitar solo, the crowd was digging it and all eyes were glued on me, i also had a bad cold. In the middle of the solo I started to sneeze and wound up with about a foot long booger hanging out of my nose! The crowd cracked! That incident made me a legend in that town, LOL!

–If you had a time machine and could record or perform once with any artist, who would it be?
Two– Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck.

Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

As I stated above, at twelve years old when I first heard Jimi Hendrix and his “Are You Experienced” album.

Five songs or albums you’d take with you to a desert island?
Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix

Anything by Jeff Beck

The Wall by Pink Floyd

Machine Head by Deep Purple

Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull.

–If you could master another instrument, what would it be?
The piano.

–Favorite time of day to work in your studio?
It depends on the mood of the music. Anything energetic it can be at any time of the day. Anything very deep, moody and inventive. I like to work late at night.

–Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.
That’s a tough one as I do several genres! Just to show versatility I will choose these three–

“Dancing with Shadows”

“Dark Moon Suspense”

“The Tumbleweed Swing”

–Which are some of your more popular tracks?

“Good ol” Rockin’ Roll”

“Positive Flow”

“Comedy Cowboy”

We thank Joey for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing his tracks to, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace. Joey’s music is timeless and his musical offerings will satisfy and meet the needs of various styles, genres, moods and emotions. If you need something unique, original, interesting but familiar, give Joey Stebanuk’s music a listen.


Chris Cardell is the co-founder of, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 25,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music and custom music from a online community of professional musicians. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

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