Joseph Pena Gosalvez was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Vallejo, California where his musical aspirations took flight through making beats during his high school days. He was the drummer for the school’s jazz band winning multiple “outstanding jazz musician” awards. This was the foundation of his musical experience , and he would continue his studies through prestigious educational institutes such as The Berklee College of Music Summer Percussion Festival in Boston, Massachusetts and The Jazz School in Berkeley, California. This would further be developed by his informal studies of sample-based production and music studies through locally based hip-hop artists whom Joseph admired in his high school days. Since moving back to Hawaii, he has built ties with the local music scene along with Lightsleepers and by forming his own musical outlet for Hawaii through Space&Sound. Under his own artist moniker “”Vezzen,” Joseph has “opened” for new and upcoming artists: Nosaj Thing, Teebs, Free the Robots and TOKiMONSTA.
Joseph’s musical bloodline comes from both of his grandfathers who were classical and jazz bassists in the Philippines. His grandfather Johnny Gosalvez was a studio session bassist for orchestras and recording studios in Manila, and also did live performances that would include playing with the one and only Nat King Cole. Joseph’s maternal grandfather, composer Angel M. Pena, is a long-time double-bassist and arranger for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra whose work led him from the World War ll big-band era to premier jazz clubs in Manila and across Asia along side visiting acts such as Thelonoius Monk, Tony Scott, and jamming with the King of Thailand. Joseph hopes that his journey will bring pride to his musical roots and propel him to realize his musical aspirations.
Joseph is currently studying Music Business at the UH-Honolulu Community College under the Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) Program where he is the Program’s studio manager. He is the current GRAMMY U Student Representative for Hawaii. He is hoping to create and absorb as much as he can from the learning opportunities and he hopes to continue on this path and transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a bachelors degree in Music Business and Communications.