Circuline has made the decision to part ways with bassist/engineer Joel Simches. For the past two years, Joel has worked with Circuline, starting as their live sound engineer, then working his way into the bass position, often performing double duty on the road as a stage monitor mixer. Highlights have included Joel performing live with Circuline on the traveling Sonic Voyage Fest, Chicago’s Progtoberfest, and the inaugural 2017 ProgStock Festival in New Jersey. Joel also served as the mixing engineer for the forthcoming CircuLive::Majestik CD/DVD/Blu-Ray product. Joel has also been very active in helping to enthusiastically promote the band, both online and publicly in person. We can’t thank Joel enough for his contributions to Circuline from 2016 to 2018.
We know this is upsetting news to many friends and fans of Joel’s, and we are very sorry for that. This decision was not an easy one, nor was it one we took lightly. There are many variables that brought us here, issues about which we will never comment publicly, out of respect for all parties involved.
The creative process is a tricky thing, all the right elements must be in place, and every band member must find it an environment in which to thrive.
Joel is a great guy, a great musician, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Circuline is excited and proud to officially announce the newest (and hopefully last) band member, Joel Simches!
Boston-area native Joel Simches has classical training and real-world contemporary music experience on orchestral percussion, drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and voice. He has performed and toured worldwide leading his own bands, as an ensemble member, as a sound engineer, and tour manager. Notable acts include Bang Camaro, De Totchka, Amanda Palmer’s Dresden Dolls, and Butterscott. His AllMusic credits list over 25 albums that Joel has been a part of, as a musician, composer, engineer, and producer.
Joel started out as Circuline’s live sound engineer, and when the bass position in Circuline became available in 2016, he jumped at the chance to audition. After impressing the band with his preparation, he toured the last four months of the year with Circuline, including the traveling Sonic Voyage Fest, gigs in New York City and New Jersey, and Progtoberfest in Chicago. Joel proved himself to be a great asset.
Joel Simches is a great player, a damn good live sound engineer, and an all-around happy and fun guy to hang with. With his background and experience, he is a great fit for Circuline. We’re happy to welcome him to our band!