22 November, 2007
The lyrics from the latest tune released from this interesting artist happens to
start with a drunkard who needed help.
Of course, it'd be a little hard to prove that it's the story of Mickael
-- no, Mickael wasn't the drunkard. His latest song "Drink"
describes more of one's questions about being emotionally
charitable in this crazy world.
So, Mickael was "charitable" to participate in an interview, about his own
progress in the road less travelled, and how his music could reflect him not
as a story of himself, but as one of what he's gone through as a human.
PHIL: How did you get into music? Was it a way to express yourself?
Music has always been something I've appreciated as a listener.
There's something about a song that explores the hard questions or tells a
heart-wrenching story that reminds us we're alive.
When I began playing guitar, I found that I could let off some steam by taking
all the emotions from life and packing them into songs. My wife prompted me
to record my music which triggered a series of events that led me to realize
how important these songs are to me and how much they can touch others.
PHIL: Has the road to realising your career been a tedious one for you?
Definitely. Looking back and realizing how close I came to
missing this opportunity makes me realize just how fortunate I am to have had
the successes I've seen thus far.
Had I never had that push to record the CD, I would never have known the joy
of performing live. I would never have had the pleasure of sharing this music
with my father before his death. I never would have realized how music can help
me deal with the pain of such a tragic loss.
PHIL: Has the internet helped you in the promotion of your material?
The internet has played such a huge part in the growth of my
music, perhaps not in the way one might expect. During the recording process,
I would share files back and forth online with my producer.
As things came together, I would share the songs with my friends all over the
world and gain valuable feedback and support. I put together a few home-made
videos and posted them on sites like MySpace and YouTube and have been amazed
to discover that tens of thousands of visitors would come to watch them.
Spreading the word about live shows through my email list and selling music
on sites like iTunes and CD Baby has been invaluable. It's amazing to think
of how many people all over the world that have listened to my music.
Having the ability to promote music online is definitely changing how artists
connect with fans, and how fans get ahold of music and interact with artists.
Phillip Hong is a co-host and reporter on Centre Street, our
current affairs programme featuring alternative stories and interviews.