The Fixer
The Music of The Fixer
HEMI Joe Becker
“Hard Times” • "Hot As Love"

As a recording artist, Becker has set a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Beginning in 1980, he started learning guitar. By the age of 7, he was playing guitar live on Chicago's 97.9 WLUP FM (The Loop) at the request of Jonathon Brandmeier. His playing was so regarded he came back to play bed music for the show when it returned to Chicago in 2014 on WGN 87.7 FM. He continued on with radio starting in 1998, recording stingers, bed music and ID's for Oldies 104.3 FM, WJKL 94.3 FM The Chicago Blues Explosion - broadcasted live from the Kingston Mines and The Radio Shopping show on 1410 AM.

Years later, his 2006 album, "Short Stories," established seemingly overnight not only his technical ability, but his musicianship and pop sensibilities - leaving the "Shred" and "Virtuoso" guitar scenes behind in favor of reaching the average radio listener. A legend in technique and composition, Joe's career is reaching new heights with every release. A respected musician among both his peers and his fans, Joe continues to play and compose with an ear and level of mastery that many career musicians only dream of.

In 2012 Joe was thanked by his friend Jason in the film, "Jason Becker - Not Dead Yet". Joe was then featured in the book, "Guitar Men" by Bob Moritt in 2014 while "Rise Of the Scarecrows" was also being re-released through Cinema Epoch on the, "Scared Stiff Collection" DVD. Joe's re-emerged after a break in the music world in 2016, this time almost exclusively in film with appearances on Troma Film's Memento Mortis, The Passage, Cell Block Z, Cannibal Claus and Cellar Secret.

The following year saw Becker not just as an instrumentalist, but also as a vocalist and film composer. Becker's involvement with several horror movie soundtracks have done nothing but stoke the fire for his newest album in almost a decade, "MONSTER". Coming 2018. In a career marked by artistic triumphs, from blues, to rock, to metal and to classical, to film making and beyond, the past few years for Becker have been especially notable for Joe. And you still have it coming.

In February of 2008, Joe Becker responded to a call for song submissions for The Fixer. Eventually, filmmaker Nick Michalak struck up a correspondence with the highly talented guitarist, and many of his songs were considered for inclusion to the film. The series of bar scenes in the latter half of the film were the focus. Joe had a great many excellent compositions to choose from, and making any kind of decision amongst them was not easy. However, it was ultimately decided that “Hot As Love” & “Hard Times” truly fit in terms of the emotional state of mind, rhythm, and pacing of the film. The highlights of Joe’s catalog included “Warmth in the Wilderness,” "Times Change," "Little Brother," and "Sweet Old Fashioned Blues." Joe Becker’s catalog of music can be found on iTunes. Both tracks featured in The Fixer were released in 2009 on Joe’s “Hot As Love” album, and the title track was prominently used in the film’s “Jack Demerest” Character Trailer.


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