Joel Henry Stein’s talents and experience as a performer, composer, arranger, conductor, and engineer all converge in the recording studio. He has recorded numerous rock, jazz, and classical musicians in New York, LA, Washington DC, and Houston and has worked with accomplished session players such as Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Beth Orton), Brad Albetta (Rufus Wainwright, Pete Townsend, Glen Hansard, Sean Lennon), Jeff Allen (Avril Lavigne, Duncan Sheik), Andreas Geck (Kelly Clarkson), and legendary bassist, Deon Estus (George Michael, Wham!).
In addition to engineering and producing most of his own six solo albums as well as his Colossal Orange side project, Joel has worked with artists such as Lara Johnston, Chiara String Quartet, Alan Green, Arianna Afsar, Lisa Heller, Rena Strober, Deanna Julian, and Doug Kreeger, to name a few. Additionally, he has produced soundtracks for Discovery and National Geographic.
From 1997-1998, Joel ran the Sony-donated million-dollar recording studio at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. From 2007-2012 he taught recording, electronic composition, music technology, musicianship, and music theory at UCLA.
In 2006, Joel founded indie label Green Zebra Records. In 2011 he expanded the company into a a music licensing house and called it Green Zebra Music. In 2016, Joel dissolved the licensing arm of the company and made music production the primary focus of Green Zebra.
Joel recently designed and built a state-of-the art recording studio in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, CA and now operates a new studio nearby in West Hills, CA.