-Interview- Joe's Groove Huddle (1/31/22)

Joe's Groove Huddle talks about their honest Rock sound, upcoming plans and much more.


Sounds like: Rock
From: Germany

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Joe's Groove Huddle" and is there any meaning behind it?

I started playing the bass guitar about 30 years ago. After playing in a crossover band for 3 years I started playing in a rock band, that existed for about 20 years. So I am strongly influenced by the rock music of the 80s and 90s.

The name "Joe's Groove Huddle" was my idea. Since I am recording each song with different musicians and there is no fixed line-up for the band, I found the word "Huddle" very appropriate. Also, I am a football fan, so the "Huddle" in the name was set. And of course, as a bass-player, the "Groove" is the most important thing for me. And "Joe" - well, that's me.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

A true listener means everything to me! I am happy, when people like my songs. Of course a song always consists of the composition and the lyrics. So from the compositional side I guess it is clear that I want people to enjoy the sound and the power of the songs. I am happy, when my music makes the listeners happy. Concerning the lyrics, I think, I tackle topics that everybody will know from his personal life. So I hope to give some impulse to find contentment and happyness.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

That is of course always difficult to describe, since I always keep experimenting. But to describe it briefly, I would say: honest rock music with a slight metal influence.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

If I was planning to tour I would like to be with Aerosmith, Die Toten Hosen and Metallica. But Joe's Groove Huddle is a pure studio project.

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

Covid is the reason, why Joe's Groove Huddle exists. I created the band in 2020, since my live-cover-bands were no more able to play any live shows. So I had the idea to write own songs and then to record them with different musicians. That worked so fine, that I will keep this up also when Covid will be gone (hopefully soon).

6. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?

Rock music will always be an important part in the music scene. Of course, in the 1990s and 2000s EDM became more and more present, but rock music never disappeared. And my feeling is, that it becomes more and more popular again.

7. What’s the current music scene like locally there in Germany?

In Germany, we have a very active music scene and in my opinion also a very good quality. Rock music might be less popular in Germany as it is in other countries i.e. like in americas. Nevertheless I like rock music and I feel that this is the music style where I can deliver the most authentic sound.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

Luckily, I don't have to make a living from music. My goal is not to make money from the music, but I want to reach as many listeners as possible who like my music.

9. What’s next for Joe's Groove Huddle?

My plan is, to release two songs a year. "Strong" was released in January, so a second song in 2022 will be released in fall.

10. Any shoutouts?

I would be glad if my songs found some ears. There is no better motivation than people loving to listen to my music.