Artist info


Indie, Roots

Sounds like

Raul Midon, Paul Simon, Ben Harper, James Taylor

band members

Joel Havea - guitars & vocals Leo Lazar - drums & backing vocals Arnd Geise - bass & backing vocals


Soul, Reggae, Roots, Blues



Joel Havea is a man of many talents. A skilled songwriter, natural singer, unique guitarist and an overall engaging performer whose songs demonstrate his wide ranging musical and cultural influences. Since 2012, the Tongan born, Melbourne raised and European-based musician has played more than 700 concerts in over 20 countries on 4 continents and has established himself (whether solo or with his trio) as a fixture on the European club and festival circuit. Highlights include performances at Bardentreffen World Music Festival (Nuremberg, DE), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE), London Folk Festival (UK), Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (Australia), Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark) and the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Since 2015, Joel has been playing with his Hamburg based trio, namely Leo Lazar (Drums) and Arnd Geise (Bass). Both are highly sought-after session musicians whose varied musical influences of rock, jazz and fusion, add another dimension to Joel's soulful blues and roots songwriting. Having honed their live show over countless European tours, the band is a dynamic force whenever they take the stage.

In addition to his debut album “You Make Me Believe” (2012) and the follow up acoustic EP “Strings & Wood” (2014), he has also released “Setting Sail” (2017) with his trio and “One Hand Clapping” (2018), a soundtrack to the novel “Rowan & Eris” by Australian author Campbell Jefferys. All of these records have been released on his label, Tastic Records, and were all self-made, self-financed productions. Songs from all releases have racked up generous radio plays in Europe including NDR Hamburg, Nordwestradio Bremen, FM4, FluxFM Berlin, Radioeins and Deutschlandradio Kultur.

On his trio's new record “Ki 'a Lavaka”, (recently released on 24.4.20) Joel delves into the music from his country of birth for the first time. The album pays homage to the long line of well-respected Havea songwriters from the tropical island Kingdom. The result is a reflection of his roots as a true world citizen, adding another element to his already eclectic style.