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JOEL KACHEL - VENICE, CALIFORNIA (THE
WITZEND) JUNE 16, 2012
I've known Joel Kachel for a few years.
A fellow Minnesotan, he was in L.A. for
the week on business, recording,
shooting a music video, and performing.
I had the chance to catch his set at a
small resteraunt/bar called the Witzend
in Venice (about ten minutes from the
beach). Upon walking through the door I
felt right at home. The place has an
intimate, acoustic, vibe, perfect for a
singer-songwriter such as Kachel.
Definitely a venue worth checking out a
show at. With an early slot time, the
crowd was small and made up of a lot of
family and friends, ready for a good
time. This show was a shared set with
Chris Snyder, who played a few original
tunes of his own, and accompanied Joel
on percussion. Also renowned producer
David Becker, who had been working with
Joel all week.
Joel started off the night with a new
song "Leavin" written about Alaska. I
found the tune a bit melancholy, but
decent. Next was "Wonderful", a positive
ballad which I particularily enjoyed.
One of the more serious songs of the
night, "The Dent" was next. When Joel
was a teenager he always wanted to take
his dads classic old guitar out to play,
but was afraid something would happen to
it. Sure enough, he took it out one
night to a gig, and put a dent in it in
this otherwise flawless guitar. Not
having the heart to break the news to
his father in that moment, this song was
later born. Though pleasant to listen to
Joel seemed to be holding back at first,
but soon grew more comfortable.
to R David Becker, Joel Kachel, Chris
David Becker was in attendance, and
brought onstage. Having Becker
accompanying him on guitar was a special
treat for Joel, and the audience as
well. First they "Crow" an old song of
Joel's with its crazy lyrics about a
talking bird. Maybe it was having David
up there with him, but Joel became more
alive. Seeming more at ease, Joel began
to give more to his performance,
reaching out with his vocals. Next came
"Away Away" with its fun catchy
beginning (as shared below), and the
energy level continued to rise. To close
his set Joel performed "Burn", the tune
he'd been working on in L.A. all week.
For me, this song was the best I have
heard Joel sound. It had that extra
oomph in everything, the vocals, the
guitar playing, the charisma.
I enjoyed the show. You could tell Joel
was having a blast, playing his music
for new fans. After all isn't that what
is most important? To be able to share
your passion with others and have them
enjoy those songs you worked so hard on
creating. The set had a complete
singer-songwriter vibe, which I liked.
Those in attendance seemed to enjoy the
music. The Witzend invited Joel and
Chris back, so hopefully I will be
seeing him again soon.
INTERVIEW WITH JOEL KACHEL
recorded a new song "Burn" in the
studio. Tell us about that
The song "Burn" was written last fall
while I was on tour in Alaska with
Chris Snyder of Third Wheel Project.
This was my first time in LA and
recording this song was the main
reason why I was in LA . I always love
going in to the Studio. There is
something about it that gets you that
musical high that I love and live for.
was it like working with producer
As far as David
Becker this is my second time in the
studio with him. He is a truly
wonderful producer. I love all the
work he has done for me in the past
and this new recording of burn is
exceptionally amazing! I can't wait to
share it. :)
also shot a music video. Tell us
The video we produced is actually for
another single I will be releasing
before burn. The song is called "Away
Away" and I wrote it with a couple I
met from Australia while I was on Tour
in Nashville for the first time. I
have been skyping with them for the
last year working on this song! I am
excited to finally release it. That
song and single will be getting
released in the next month or so.
The video is a fun Reggae style of
song. Some partial lyrics include.
"Pop some sunshine, pour me summer,
want to see it spilling up and over.
Taste the good times hear some
Laugher, I'm a crowd surfing bouncing
The video is just about get in out and
having a good time at the beach. Most
of our shots were at Newport Beach and
night you performed at Club Eleven.
How do you feel it went?
I felt Club Eleven went really well! I
was first to start off the night but I
got a great reaction and I had a ton
of people came up to compliment me on
my voice, lyrics, and my energetic
stage presence. Over all I had an
awesome time sharing a stage with
Chris Snyder and Jose Pena.
you performed at the Witzend. How
was this show compared to
I really enjoyed WitZend and I will be
sure to be back! It had a great
setting and a great vibe. I had a few
friends and family come out and
support the show and it was so great
to see them and hang out. It was also
a honor to have David Becker join the
stage with me. He is so good! I felt
really good about this performance.
else you want to add?
LA was great! Can't wait to be back in
the area! Thanks again for coming out
to the shows! Great to see you again!
I hope everything works out for you
out there! It is a lot of fun! :)