Joshua Meehan is a versatile composer from Long Island, New York, whose imagination is captured most often by fantastical worlds in literature, film, and video games. He finds himself drawn to music expressed through intimate live ensembles so synonymous with folk rock and indie genres. He has a fascination with simple melodies that at the same time are powerful and stand the test of time.
Growing up in a household where the radio never strayed from 102.3 WBAB 'Long Islands only Classic Rock station' he quickly picked up the guitar and took to the microphone in countless rock/pop/funk bands throughout his highschool career. Being a member of every possible school ensemble offered, Josh found himself as a trumpeter in the wind ensemble and orchestra, tenor voice in the choirs and a cappella groups, bassist/guitarist in the jazz band and pit orchestra, and a leading man in the school's dramatic and musical productions. Joshua's passion was encouraged through seeing where music could take him. He is honored to have played guitar in two NYC Labor Day Parades, sang with the Half Hollow Hills Choir and Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and toured on trumpet with the Long Island University Symphonic Winds throughout Australia, culminating in a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
In his undergraduate studies, Joshua studied film scoring with Carlos Rafael Rivera (Queens Gambit) at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Outside of scoring classes Joshua wrote music for student films each semester and has been awarded with both a songwriting award and Best Original Score for a University wide competition. While at University of Miami, Josh performed with the Frost Chorale lead by Karen Kennedy and later Amanda Quist. It was through this ensemble that Josh had the opportunity to meet and interview Eric Whitacre for his then podcast. In his free time, Josh performed with award winning a cappella group BisCaydence. In 2018 they won 2nd place in the ICCAs (competition made famous by Pitch Perfect) Finals in NYC. After releasing their EP Blue Horizon, title track "Lost in Japan" was chosen to be the first track on the "Best of College A Cappella" album. In his senior year Josh would record and produce the 18 singer a cappella group.
Joshua went on to attend the Composition for the Screen MFA graduate program at Columbia College Chicago, where he would also serve as the programs' ambassador. During his two years here he has continued to work on student films and producing independent artists original music every semester. Columbia has provided Josh with opportunities to learn scoring for indie films from Kubilay Uner (Big Sur, Axis Sally), video games from Joel Corelitz (Halo, Death Stranding), action films/TV from Brandon Campbell (A Letter for the King), documentaries from Miriam Cutler (RBG), animation from Vivek Maddala (The Tom and Jerry Show), and orchestration from Kazimir Boyle (The One and Only Ivan, The Incredible Hulk). After moving out to Los Angeles, Joshua interned with composer and songwriter David Wingo (HBO's Barry, Mayans) where he was immersed in a songwriting approach to scoring which he currently takes most of his inspiration.
Joshua aims to collaborate with passionate and driven story tellers and creators who have a strong vision. He finds more and more that he leans towards scores that call for intimate orchestration and live elements.