If you are ever at Balconi Coffee in Sawtelle Japantown, you may see Joey Newman chatting with fellow coffee drinkers. He’s a regular Balconi Coffee customer, and drinks a siphoned black coffee almost every day.
Joey is a successful music composer for films, television shows and video games. His music can be heard on several television shows such as the ABC comedy The Middle, NBC show The Mysteries of Laura, and the TLC reality show series, Little People, Big World. Although working on televisions shows is fast paced and deadline driven, Joey enjoys the entire process of collaborating with the show creators and creating the compositions in post production.
Joey comes from a well known musical family and is a third generation music composer: His grandfather is Lionel Newman who was the head of 20th Century Fox’s Music Department for 47 years and his granduncle is multiple Oscar winner Alfred Newman. Joey‘s other famous musical family members are Randy Newman, David Newman, Thomas Newman and Maria
Joey is very familiar with the Sawtelle Japantown area. Growing up near Sawtelle Japantown, one of Joey’s closest friends was Japanese and his friend’s family owned and operated the Taka Hair Salon. Thus, Sawtelle became one of Joey‘s regular places to hang out with his friends.
Even now, Joey continues to frequent Sawtelle Japantown with his family. In addition to Balconi Coffee, another favorite of Joey’s is the next door Japanese style creperie Mapaya. Joey often takes his 3 daughters to Mapaya and they order sweet crepes with cute animals designs. Joey
himself likes the savory spicy salad crepe at Mapaya.
Joey has a list of other restaurants that he recommends in Sawtelle Japantown. So if you ever see Joey at Balconi Coffee or Mapaya, do not hesitate to ask him for restaurant recommendations or ask him about his interesting career.