Name: Rachael Chatoor and sometimes I’m known as Rachael Pachel, though I am contemplating going back to using my first and second name, Rachael Anne.
Birthplace: Richmond BC
Currently residing: Richmond BC, which does make it appear as if I have been here all my life but…..I’ve lived in Vernon, Los Angeles, Whistler, downtown Van, Kits (with old roomie Trevor Rogers when he played in the Road!), White Rock, Vancouver, Abu Dhabi, London, Nigeria, Houston, Richmond again, and soon I will be moving to South Delta.
Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence:
I took up music in my 20′s and found myself singing and performing in bands and duos all over BC, eventually travelling overseas with a band where I met my now-ex husband and took a hiatus for about 10 years to travel and have kids which rocked until my situation changed and I found myself back in Canada and looking for work again which eventually led to my current gig performing solo or in corporate bands and quite frankly my life rocks again especially now that I have a bit of growth behind me which helps with the songwriting I do, so I do that and I record and perform the material and all the while I use hobbies like videography, blogging and social networking to gain work in the industry and connect with fans around the world who appreciate my original music. Phew.
Website or online network: rachaelpachel.com
1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?
Impossible question to answer……….in no particular order and really just scratching the surface………..Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton, Guess Who, The Who, Pink Floyd, Anne Murray, Dawn Langstroth, Heart, Tal Bachman, Jann Arden, Melissa Etheridge, Phil Collins, Queen, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, CSNY, Police, Beatles, Elvis, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel, Blondie, Steely Dan, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce…….more of the same….
2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
Lindsay Buckingham singing and playing Big Love solo on acoustic guitar is something I could watch time and time again.
3. How would you describe your perfect day?
Well it’s not a realistic day but it would be a dream day…….my children make me breakfast and clean up all the dishes, then we would ride horses up a mountain and river raft back down it, nap, eat, then play music either around a campfire or in a concert, it doesn’t matter which, so long as there is music.
4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?
Easy to get along with I suppose, oh, and I don’t drool or spit when I talk.
5. What is your most valued material possession?
The guitar I bought with the money gift received after my Dad passed away.
6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
Oh gosh lots of people, plenty of people all the time make me nervous. For whatever reason I am and always have been especially shy around people whose talents and abilities I value and greatly admire. I’m sure the most twisted up, nervous I ever got when meeting someone like that was Tal Bachman (huge talent to admire plus, he’s gorgeous, I was a mindless mess).
7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?
I can’t even imagine what is my favorite place right now, maybe I’m still looking for it.
8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
Yeah, I enjoy singing demo’s or putting down vocal tracks for others so would love to get more studio gigs. Write for children, or put together music productions for schools, seems a good creative outlet to me. More horseback riding would be great too.
9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
Just healthy and happy, with healthy, happy children, and maybe even in love.