Michael Joseph Hachey

INTERVIEW

WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT PRIOR TO JOINING CIRQUE DU SOLEIL?

Performing in Neil Berg’s Broadway review show “Holiday On Broadway”.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ARTISTIC BACKGROUND BEFORE JOINING CIRQUE.

I started playing the French horn at age 11, which gave me an orchestral background. Soon after, I discovered bass through friends and community programs, and began performing as an upright and electric bassist playing many different styles in many different groups.

  • Michael Joseph Hachey
  • United States
  • Strings/Bass Guitar Bass/Double bass
WHEN DID YOU JOIN CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONTACT WITH THE ORGANIZATION? WHAT WAS THE CONTEXT?

I joined Cirque du Soleil in 2011. I was actively searching for jobs and found an open call for an audition for bass players on Craigslist. I recorded a couple of songs and sent in my video demo. I waited patiently for over 2 years and finally received a call from a Talent Scout sking me to practice the rockabilly style of upright playing in order to prepare for a live audition in Las Vegas for the Viva ELVIS show.

HOW WAS THE AUDITION EXPERIENCE?

In the live audition, I was treated like royalty. I met a few members of the Cirque family and everyone had big smiles on their faces the whole time I was playing. Just auditioning was a really rewarding experience. Everyone was so receptive. It was amazing.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE INTEGRATING INTO THE SHOW?

It was a pretty easy process making the transition into the show. Even from day one, everyone on the team was very helpful and welcoming. The main idea is to concentrate on your art and what you are bringing to the show. The band and the entire cast came to me with open arms when I arrived.

IS WORKING AT CIRQUE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU HAD IMAGINED?

It wasn’t exactly like I was thinking… I thought I was going to be hidden behind a curtain with a music stand. However, one of the greatest things about Cirque is how live musicians are incorporated into their shows. It’s so special to have the interaction between artists and musicians; getting cues, reading what’s going on in the show and getting to play into it. Cirque really respects live musicians and performers.

HOW HAS BEING PART OF A CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOW ALLOWED YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF IN YOUR DISCIPLINE?

For me, performing with Cirque du Soleil as a musician has been unique and very different from anything I have ever done before. I really enjoy this style of work and the schedule of performances. I feel as if I have a character in the show, and I get to have a personality on stage. It’s challenging and rewarding. Seeing this whole other world of circus arts, dance and acrobatics is incredibly inspiring and exciting to be a part of.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING PART OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL?

Being a part of the family and learning from everyone around me. They are all specialists and they really are the best at what they do. I have learned so much from the diverse cast.

WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT AN ARTIST JOIN CIRQUE?

We get to share our musical voice while having the chance to work with the best people in the business. From the sound crew to the technicians to the artists, everyone brings their specialty to the table to collectively make the show an amazing experience. Cirque offers a unique show experience unlike anything out there today.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE OR SUGGESTION TO YOUNG MUSICIANS?

Hold on to your passion for music and your art, whatever it may be. Give Cirque a chance and go for an audition; you never know if your unique talents will fit perfectly in a show. Cirque du Soleil is actively looking for talented musicians too, not just acrobats and dancers. After over two years of waiting, I was sure that they had forgotten about me. But Cirque and Casting have shown me that they really do look at every applicant and I was finally chosen for a show. If you are a specialist with a unique background in music and you are passionate about what you do, send in your application.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAS CIRQUE GIVEN YOU?

Cirque gave me a tremendous opportunity to make a fulfilling career out of my unique skills as a musician. Becoming a part of this family has been such a rewarding experience for me. As a musician, it really is unlike anything else!