Katlin Merby

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.