East End

Just Another Manic Monday

Goooood morning Grand Haven!

Here are all of the things going on around the most wonderful place on East End: Bill is home and had a great Fathers Day. He flew in and made it home around midnight and got to spend one hour of Fathers Day with both of his kids. It was pretty great. Binnie has been working hard to get us ready for all of the crazy stuff happening in Studio A over the next few weeks. Seriously, we would not get anything done around here without her. Most exciting of all, Studio Doggo Ruby Tuesday got a new toy this weekend. That is pretty much it from Bill & Binnie Chrysler world, now onto the stuff you are really wondering about.

Studio A: What in the world is going on?

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Well, it is closed down for the moment. Not to worry, it is only temporary and should be back up and running within a few short weeks. To put it in the most simple terms, the control room floor is being replaced. That is about all there is to it. We at Third Coast are constantly seeking ways to make your experience the best it can be, and at the moment that means replacing the floor in Control Room A.

We have moved the SSL from the normal spot it lives in the Control Room, into live room A. It was super heavy. Thank goodness for all the big strong people we have around here. So for the next few weeks most of our mixing and recording will take place in Studio B.

We do want to say thank you to everyone for your support and patience while we are under construction. We are so grateful to be a part of this community and have kind of people around that we do. We could not do any of this without it.

Rainy Third Coast Thursday

Happy Friday eve everyone!

It has been a typical week around Third Coast. Bill is in Dubai, Binnie is in the office and Ruby Tuesday is under the table taking a nap. In short, everything is awesome.

We have had the opportunity to be a part of some truly awesome projects in studio A. On Tuesday we had the new local band Five Strand Fusion in to lay down tracks with our engineer Brian Ralph. This group of five young people has so much talent and community support behind it. We are thrilled to have been a part of their beginnings, and can’t wait to see where they are able to go from here.

Next, on Wednesday we had the new project, Dobros Heal The World, rehearsing and recording with our engineer Joe Hettinga. Getting to record people that are seeking to put out good vibes and good juju is what we are all about here. So projects like these always put smiles on our faces.

Lastly, our spotlight of the week goes to the one and only Joe Hettinga. We want to say a special thank you to Katlin Merby for these amazing write ups about our team and our town.

We appreciate everything this community does that enables us to be the wonderful place that we are. Enjoy!

Joe Hettinga Spotlight -

Joe Hettinga has enjoyed being able to see his career and passions intertwine. He has achieved numerous accomplishments in the music industry.

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“My greatest accomplishment is being able to make a living doing what I love.  That I can actually work and call it work but it doesn’t always feel like work because it’s so much fun. I’m so inspired by what I do that it keeps me in a good place,” Joe said.

The Chicago jam scene, Grateful Dead, Phish, jazz and classical are a few influences that have molded his music taste and where he’s at in his career.  

“I feel like all the work that I have done over the years has led me to where I am now and it’s going to continue to go that way. I’m going to keep pursuing and doing new things as well as expanding on what I know,” Joe said.

He generally sings and plays keyboards when touring but would love to branch out to playing guitar as well. A few bands he has toured with have been particularly enjoyable to play with.  In high school, his endeavors with Strange Arrangement began. After college, the band got back together, ended up recording two records, and then touring for five years.

“Strange Arrangement was an absolute blast and it was a way of bringing all my musical skills together and I got to showcase and do everything I like in one band,” Joe said.

Another band that has been one of his favorites to tour with was Digital Tape Machine because he got the chance to combine production work and electronic music in a live setting.   

His favorite musical endeavor, at the moment, has been touring and working with May Erlewine. From October through November this year, he will be playing on her tour in support of her new album and is looking forward to the east coast and southern tour dates.

“It’s just a complete change of pace for me with playing folk songs. It’s truly just beautiful music,” Joe said.

He will be touring with another band that May is apart of, The Motivations. It is an 11 piece jazz band with horns, 5 singers, 2 guitars, 2 keyboards, bass drums, and May. The band primarily plays soul songs written by May, and Motown hits, with a sprinkle of Prince and Talking Heads covers.

Joe recently played with the Pop Scholars in Grand Rapids at the Wealthy Theatre. They are a four piece improv comedy group that make up songs on the fly based on what is happening in the skit.

Throughout this month, Joe will be playing shows with Marcus Rezak supporting the release of his ‘Gateway to the Galaxy’ record. ‘Gateway to the Galaxy’ is one of the most recent projects that has quickly taken a spot on the top of his list of favorite projects to be involved with.

A few of his other favorite projects he has worked on while at Third Coast are Max Lockwood’s recently released, self-titled record and one of the first full-length records completed when he first began working at the studio, ‘StopWatchTimeDrop’ by The Turnips. 

Busy Busy Busy!

What a week it has been! Bill is off with Maroon 5 at the moment. Today he is in Prague and will be continuing around Europe until the middle of this month. Binnie our favorite studio mom, is keeping everything running around here. Ruby Tuesday, Studio pupper supreme is enjoying the attention she gets from all of the new bands that are coming in to record here. In short, the Chryslers are thriving and so is the studio.

This week Katlin Merby’s spotlight goes to the wonderful and amazing Kevin Kozel.

Thanks for everything you do to make Third Coast Recording the wonderful place it is. Enjoy!

Grand Haven native continues to develop his talents in his hometown and on the road; Kevin Kozel

Kevin Kozel’s adventures with the Third Coast team began 10 years ago when he met Bill Chrysler, as well as the rest of the team who founded the studio, and began doing session work with them. At this time, he also began playing guitar with Scott Pellegrom. He began perfecting his sound engineering techniques on his own music and has been refining these techniques every day that he enters Third Coast’s doors.

“When I go to work, it doesn’t even feel like work,” Kozel said. “Bill and everyone’s personalities at the studio make it easy to work there.”

Kevin has been in multiple bands and currently gets stages rockin’ and groovin’ with the Scott Pelegrom Trio, which is his favorite group he has toured with. The first band he toured with was a high school rock band of the crazy variety.

In that high school rock band, their primary goal was to drum up some cash. When the SP3 take to the stage, it’s standard that the trio will get a little wild on stage. Kozel believes they have the most fun performing at festivals.

“There was a festival we played in the U.P. last year called Forestville. We were the headliners, and it was kinda a boring festival but then we got on stage and the whole place was packed,” he said. While performing, he ended up blowing out/ perforating his eardrums. This results in being plagued with hearing muffled sounds for a few weeks and the inability to blast your music until they are healed.

When it comes down to touring or studio playing, he prefers spending a majority of his time at the studio. “Touring is fun but I prefer being home. You end up traveling for 10 hours and playing for 3,” Kozel said.  

He was gifted a guitar from his dad in his early childhood. While recovering from an almost deadly injury as a young teenager, Kevin was subject to bed rest and recovery for a year. During this time, he honed his skills for the guitar and listened intently to his musical influences. These include, but are not limited to, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello.

In addition to Guitar, Kozel also plays, Bass, Ukulele, teaches numerous pupils per week, takes voice lessons, as well as, engineers and produces at the studio. He has been full time self employed since the age of 20. When not at the studio, he enjoys hiking with friends, mushroom hunting, and cooking.