September 7, 2006

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Play with Randozz
Soft voiced singer host open mike
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Most musicians tend to be their own worst critics; no matter how an enthusiastic audience responds, the music is just not good enough.

When Randy Koehler, known as Randozz to his friends and fans, finally took the necessary steps to record his first album, it was due to the influence of his friends and fans.

ďIíve been writing for maybe 10 years or so and Iíve always just piled up a lot of my music and my friends just encouraged me to do it. Iíve always wanted to do an album since I was young, but I think now the time is right. Everything just seems to be falling into place,Ē Koehler said.

A solo musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter, Koehler said the hardest thing with his music is trying to figure out where it fits. Heís in the process of recording his first album, Counting Back From Ten. For the last three years, heís been doing the open-mike scene, just working on getting his music out there and making connections. There is no time better than the present, according to Koehler, to fulfill his lifelong dream of recording.

ďI have rock roots and grew up with hard rock, but I think the stuff that I write is probably more of a folky, acoustic kind of sound. Itís really hard for me to pinpoint. I like melodic songs. I usually write the lyrics first, most of the time. Then I just pick up the guitar and start strumming and if itís something catchy that I like then Iíll play it for my friends. From there it becomes a song,Ē Koehler said.

Koehlerís sound is something like an early Eric Clapton or an acoustic version of Lenny Kravitz. Koehler sings his original lyrics in a soft voice that seems to be perfectly melded with the music.

Koehler hosts open-mike nights at Shenanigans in Milford, held every Tuesday. Although he doesnít have many of his own shows booked, he takes pride in keeping an open floor where other musicians can come out and play. He even brings the instruments and proper equipment, allowing anyone to get up and try his hand at something new.

ďThatís the key, to make people feel comfortable and have a good time. We make it easy for people to play. Itís such a comfortable atmosphere and thatís why it works,Ē Koehler said.


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Randozz
Koehler hopes to finish recording by mid-October but, until then, he can be found online at myspace.com/randoz or at open-mike nights every Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m. at Shenanigans in Milford, located at 586 Nashua Street in the Milford Shaws Plaza. 672-2060.