Percussionist Joaquín “Joaco” Arteaga was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began playing and studying drums at an early age, influenced by several music styles.
In 1998 he moved to Barcelona, where he explored diverse musical styles ranging from Flamenco to Acid Jazz; passing through Afro-Venezuelan rhythms and Pop. Throughout his first years in Spain, he played with bands such as Flameland, Tambores de mi Pueblo, Orquesta Kanabayen, El Cholo and Asstrio.
Since 2002, Joaquín has been a musician in Europe for renowned Latin artists such as Andy Montañez, Larry Harlow, Frankie Vazquez, Andres Cepeda, Cano Estremera, Marcial Isturiz, Gabino Pampini, John Lozano, Gerardo Rosales, Estrellas de Niche, Ender Thomas, Venezuelan Masters Orchestra, Paul de Castro & Orchestra Dengue, Asstrio+2, La Sucursal S.A and Bloque 53. He has also played at various notorious international festivals both on the Latin American and European circuit.
Joaquín Arteaga currently divides his time between teaching, playing as a session artist, and developing projects of his own. His most recent project, “Bloque 53,” is a succesfull band where he participates as musical producer, composer and timbalero. “Te hace mover los pies” (2011) their latest album, got excellent reviews from salsa critics. “Joaco” also teaches and produces percussion workshops and master classes both at his private studio and abroad (Colombia, USA, Europe).