MICHAEL'S MUSIC BLOG TV
MICHAEL'S MUSIC BLOG TV
THIS SIDE OF ANARCHY
Who are the members of your band and what are their musical backgrounds?
Currently, I am the only member in the band, but I’m definitely open to anyone who is interested and who would be a good “fit” to collaborate and play shows. I was lucky in my previous three bands I was in and we never really had any problems with band members and collaborated excellently and all got along great. But right now I play all the instruments, mainly guitars and bass, and do the vocals and since I can’t drum a lick, I use drums professionally recorded and tell the software how to play them. My drums have been described as being super convincing drums by a great drummer and if he didn’t know it, he couldn’t tell, and even though he knows it he still really can’t tell. My musical background is that I played sax for a few months in 6th grade and after that didn’t work out began playing guitar and have been playing guitar for almost 45 years. I also play a little, a very little piano, a little bit of recorder, and a very little bit of violin.
How long have you been in the music industry?
I’ve been in the industry nearly 40 years now and from the very beginning was with a group of guys that have always wanted to be totally DIY and I am still to this day. In the first band we recorded the few originals we did on a boombox and in the second Metal band, we got a four-track cassette recorder and recorded a demo that way. In the late ’80s when I was in Society Gone Madd!, when we were ready to release music I created my own label, VIAble UTTerance records and we released our 7 releases through there. We were able to record our first record at Westbeach recorders with Brett of Bad Religion and his partner Donell mixing and I learned a ton from them just watching and taking in all the processes. As was the case with every other studio where we recorded. I also learned a ton on our second to last release, a 7”, the last one we recorded on 2” tape, but transferred to digital at mixing. And our final album, we went all-digital, that was also a really good learning experience. So now, since the year 2000, I have recorded everything myself in my living room and still release everything myself.
How long have you been performing under your present name?
About 8 years.
What genre would you call your music?
Hardcore Punk with maybe a slight Heavy Metal influence
Who are your major influences?
Many, Many, it would take volumes…. But I began with bands like BTO, Rush, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, then went on to Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Anthrax, Motorhead, the went to Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedy’s, Black Flag, NoMeansNo, SNFU. And that is only a small sampling, there are so, so many bands I’ve been influenced by, it is so wild.
How old were you when you started following a musician’s path?
I was 18.
Tell me a funny story that has happened to you as you have traveled to play.
Well there has been a few, but the funniest was when I was in my first band, our booking agent booked us a show in this town, and of course, it was the days before internet and cell phones, so we looked at it on the map and it was one of the dots on the map like many of the other towns, and we see the sign for the town as we are pulling in, and the population was 7! ! !! Yes, seven! We couldn’t believe it! !! There were probably about 5 or 6 buildings and we were wondering what they got us into. I mean it was in the middle of nowhere! We talked to the people and assured us people would show up, we didn’t believe it, but low and behold, there were hundreds and hundreds of people!! We talked to some of them during a break and some of them traveled 300 miles to see us! ! !! It ended up being close to one of the best shows we did.
Where would you like to be in five years?
Alive. Still recording. Still releasing music. Maybe even playing some shows.
What inspires you to write?
I just write music that I feel as it comes to me and lyrically I write about what I see happening in our society.
What is your philosophy of life and how does it affect your music?
Freedom. And it affects it all, that is what it’s all about. I see every bit of our smallest freedoms being snatched away day by day and it just makes me so angry and I need to release it through my music. The band name says it pretty much, let people do what they want with very few guiding principles for the ones who need it. Basically treat others as you want to be treated. It doesn’t seem that hard to me. People are too sensitive, just let things go, live, and let live.
Please add the names of the places you have played and the city they are in.
Being a one-man-band I haven’t played anywhere yet, but in previous bands, I have played in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and maybe Iowa, maybe Montana, not sure. Then Ohio. Then from San Diego to San Francisco, but mostly Los Angeles in California.
Do you have any causes that tug at your heartstrings, or that you support? Abused pets, world peace organization, save the whales, etc…
No. I find that at least 90% of these just make money for the people running it and only a very small percentage actually goes to the cause. Some of the higher-ups are getting over $100,000 and you are paying them, I thought it was charity, not paying this person’s exorbitant salary! If I see someone in a real need I’ll help them out myself.
Do you have any new releases coming out?
I am always working on new material, I just released my EP Insatany, and I am already working on a few songs for the next one in addition to collaborating with a few musicians on other projects.
What is your upcoming performance schedule?
Being a one-man-band currently, I do not have anything scheduled. I do perform some live things on social media. I had a show for a while called Tune for Tuesday where I would play some music from another band and give you a week to see if you could guess it. I think I am taking the summer off from that and might just bring it back in the fall. Right now I am also doing a show where I and another band that I’ve only met online as indie artists helping each other and we interview each other and let people in on our first meeting. It’s has received a lot of praise.
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