Joe's Groove Huddle

Joe's Groove Huddle (Rock) - Germany

The rock project "Joe's Groove Huddle" was launched in 2020 by Jochen "Joe" Kinzig. Inspired by the lockdown and the resulting standstill in his live bands, the bass-player had the idea to write his own songs and record over the distance with other musicians. In February 2021, the first single "Good Day" was released, followed by "Shot From Behind" in July 2021. The vocals and guitars for these two songs came from his former bandmates Uwe Flatter and Jochen Stien (rock band Killjoy from Mannheim/Germany). The keyboards were recorded by Torsten Lehnert and the drums by Christian Fier, both bandmates from current bands of Jochen. On "Shot from Behind" Eckhard Koch contributed the backing vocals.

With the third release Strong (January 2022) the lineup became more international. The vocals of Strong were sung by Eric Castiglia (Italy) and the rap part in the chorus was performed by Daniel Picknell (England). The guitars were recorded by Jochen's current bandmate Benedikt Staud and the drums were again played by Christian Fier.

The music of Joe's Groove Huddle is a journey through time. The rock songs of the band will bring back memories of the great rock music of the 70s and the 80s. Nevertheless there will always be some elements of modern rock music included in the songs. The focus of Joe's Groove Huddle is having fun with making music. So it is more than likely that additional musicians will join the Groove Huddle for future releases.

"Strong" Single Review
The track begins with atmospheric tones for the first twenty seconds or so while slowly building with more instrumentation and vocals. The melodic vocals drive the first verse forward on way to its soaring chorus. The riffs crank up, the vocals are confident and deliver the goods with a truly highly passionate chorus. The pacing dips back down for the second verse as it glides along the same melodic tempo as the first verse. The bridge features a tremendous guitar solo that takes things to even greater heights. The ending of the track wraps up with the chorus and melodic tones closing things out on a high note.

Joe's Groove Huddle rock out on all cylinders with their newest single.

-Interview- (1/31/22)
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.