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I like to think I've created music that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter what taste they prefer. Many of my songs are instrumental. I understand music without vocals tend to become boring at times. I am aware of this fact throughout the production process. When I'm making a song, I try to keep "Mike" out of it. The music that I listen to or buy, is not what I tend to make. People's musical taste can be very specific and unique. So I also try my best to keep the music interesting and pleasing to the ear. First, I use a lot of hooks and transitions and time changes. I try not to let a section of a song become redundant. I also like to experiment with all kinds of styles of music. One of my songs may have a classical feel. Strings and winds, piano and harps. Some may be entirely live instruments and another all electronic based. Some I'll use sampled beats or dialogue samples, and yet another track will be metal, blues, indie, and others a hip-hop, house, or techno. Lastly, I try to mimic our emotions that will match our daily activities. The soundtrack of your life. You have a song for driving, a song for unwinding at home, a song for working out, a song for a club, a song for friends, a song for nostalgia, a song for anger, a song for the beach, a song for the seasons, and a song you can make love to.
Why this name?
My favorite movie of all time is Jaws.
Do you play live?
I play and produce in a home studio in Virginia.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
In very positive ways. Presently, every artist on the internet has a chance to be successful in music, or at least be satisfied in having their music heard. No longer the middle men will control which band signs to which label. Internet radio provides many artist to reach an audience that was close to impossible before. Internet has provided a global access to artist throughout the community.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Band History:
I started playing guitar when I was fourteen. I did play everyday. I played with friends and bands through high school and college on a daily occasion. I became very good at the guitar. My first mac computer had garage band which led me to Jawz5. After guitar, I learned piano, bass, violin, and pro audio.
Your influences?
Beatles, Pinback, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, School of Seven Bells, PIXIES, Explosions in the Sky, Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, Bonobo, Thelonious Monk, Twilight Sleep, Postal service, Radiohead
Favorite spot?
Equipment used:
Instruments: an electric hardbody guitar, a hollobody electric guitar, an acoustic/electric guitar, an acoustic steel string guitar, a classical stringed guitar, an electric jazz bass, drums and various percussion, mutiple harmonicas, and a full octive piano. Pro audio equipment: mics, condenscor mics, usb/MIDI MPK25- Keyboard, 4 Pro-Audio 12" monitor speakers, M-audio Midi/interface, Tascam 144 Midi/interface, Turn table with preamp via Tascam, numerous amounts of other speaker and sound equipment. Hard: three Mac computers, 4 extternal hardrives = to 2,000 GB, all wireless keyboards, magic mouse, and track pad. Software: Abelton, Cubase, Reason, Logic Pro9 Studio, garage band, DJ, Wav bunner, Logic Node, Apple Qadministrator, apple Qmaster, soundtrack pro, mainstage, and a tiny digial memo recorder for vocals.
Anything else...?
It's a fun hobby. I only try to keep it to that. I really don't care if I ever sell anything. It is nice enough that at least people can hear it.
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