Local artist and musician, Joshua Stromberg, began his creative journey in the visual arts, and it has continued in his musical. He first found a love of drawing in the fourth grade. In seventh grade, he won a local Scholastic Gold Key Award and went on to win a Silver Key at the national level. After seeing him do so well with the competition, his parents strongly encouraged him to pursue his talent for drawing, thinking it could be a good career choice. When a high school freshman, Stromberg was placed in an AP Art class. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Washington for Industrial Design. It was while at university that he met his wife. They moved to the Estes Valley area three years ago.
Stromberg grew up in Starwood, Washington, entrenched in the local punk rock scene. He found that making his art became a way to process some of the more traumatic events in his life and what was on his mind. It was while in the Washington punk scene that he first started designing graphics for some of local apparel companies and bands. His design work for the apparel company Emtees (now named Mintees,) helped to open the door to designing t-shirts, and hoodies. Posters, and album covers for bands, including some that were on the 2007 Warped Tour, like Stick to Your Guns, Senses Fail, and Suicide Silence followed. After some bad business deals, Stromberg started only doing design and art work for local bands that he knew personally. In addition, he has illustrated book covers for his novelist friends.
Josh’s other great creative passion lies in music. He works, almost exclusively, in the electronic genre these days. He started playing guitar at the age of 15. He was inspired by the Def Tones, “White Pony” album, to make create his own music. He was in several, as he describes them, “bad metal bands that mostly got paid in tacos.” Stromberg soon found that he did not want to have to rely on unreliable, flakey bandmates to be able to make music. Being a huge fan of many electronic acts such as the Chemical Brothers, Portishead ,and The Prodigy, he found an answer to his bandmate problems. He could begin to make electronic music on his own, and he did just that. His music is instrumental and completely created on a computer. His influences span the electronic genre from Down Tempo and Witchhouse to old school techno. The name of his electronica act is Slip26 (a reference to the TV sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).