One can only imagine the number and variety of musical influences – Broadway, classical, jazz, rhythm and blues – that surrounded Joel as he was growing up in New York City. Like Uwe and Jens, Joel began his musical career early in life and picked up the bass at the age of twelve.
And like many other musicians, Joel began learning music through classical training on the piano. After several years of piano lessons, he switched to the bass, and as he discovered his love for the instrument, Joel decided to devote all of his attention to playing the bass.
Destined to find Uwe and Jens, in 1989, Joel moved to Switzerland and began a successful career as a bassist with various country/rock and jazz groups based throughout Europe. It was during this time that he met Jens and Uwe and developed what would become a deeply rewarding musical alliance and friendship. In early 1995, Joel was initiated into the “brotherhood” and has been performing full time with the band ever since.
“It really does come down to that saying that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That’s a great example of what we are. Each person tries to be the best that he can be on his instrument, but when the three of us come together, that’s where the magic is created. We’ve been working together for so long that a lot of what we do is nonverbal, especially the way we communicate on stage. In doing so, we also try to involve the audience. We don’t exclude them from the creative process that’s happening on stage, and I think that’s something that people appreciate in our performances. We’re not playing at them, we’re saying, ‘Listen to what we found, listen to this.’”