Looking back on 2016

Where the hell did this year go!?!

I’m writing this from the island of Malta, which unfortunately is colder than it looks, shortly reflecting about the last 12 months… It’s nice to take a moment and mentally review the year though it’s always frightening when you realise just how quickly it flew by.

2016 was a tragic year for the arts and entertainment; we lost some amazing artists and performers, may they rest in peace… Also the world seems to be in the middle of a strange, ugly period of right wing inspired hate and xenophobia at the moment. It’s somewhat comforting to be living in Germany, a country that experienced their own moment of insanity 70 years ago but now is an increasingly lonely voice of reason and understanding.

With so much conflict and trouble in the world right now, it helps to put my job into perspective and not take myself too seriously.

That being said, music is food for the soul and it’s a basic need for us all – and this is proven with the heartbreak we feel every time a musical hero passes away. Perhaps now more than ever, it’s important for people to experience and listen to authentic and honest music, which inspires and moves them. I am doing my best to play my part, pun intended!

On that note, I once again did over 100 concerts this year in Australia and throughout Europe, very special thanks to everyone who came down to a show! I literally couldn’t have done it without you… Also a personal highlight for me was returning to Tonga, the country of my birth, in March and having the opportunity to briefly reconnect with my roots. My dream of recording an album there one day is slowly coming together. The year was also largely spent in the studio with Leo and Arnd, putting the finishing touches to the very first Joel Havea Trio album “Setting Sail”.

We are very happy to report that the album is now finished and will be released at the end of March 2017. For everyone who donated to the crowdfunding, don’t worry we haven’t run off with your money 🙂 It took a little longer than expected but we are exceptionally proud of the result and can’t wait to hit the road to play the songs live for you in the european springtime.

It’s certainly going to be a busy year again, but as B.B King said, I would play the shows for free, I just get paid to travel… Happy new year!

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