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ARTIST REVIEW: MIKE BY NAME


Interview


Cru cru Mike By Name , it's always a pleasure to have you back for a new interview. How are you doing? What is "Down From the Subway" and why do you believe it belongs in the alternative radio scene?



The subways in NYC are always in the hot seat for violence, they’re also a microcosm of a diverse population. Who are we in transit always has interested me for some reason. Do we respect each other’s space, are we accepting of our righteous diversity or do we live with fear. The song is a hypothetical about a new race of Android beings traveling on the same subways to work as us regular humans and how it might go.



What music taste did your dad give to you?



My dad gave me Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, my mom gave me The Beatles, my grandmother gave me The Temptations.



What is the biggest decision you’ve had to make as a musician?



The decision of dedication to the craft vs. romanticizing the work.



Do you groove in the subway?



The Android most definitely does as the music video will show.



How do you balance your time in the studio with other commitments such as a part-time job, family, admin, etc.?



I don’t balance it. Balance is not possible. Balance is always a fantasy, some unachievable marker that we hold over our heads. There’s a time to reap and a time to sow and you just have to make sure to give yourself permission to explore. If you don’t take the time to create regularly, you’ll never start, let alone finish anything. Which, I wouldn’t call that balance but it is a strategy.



What jobs have you done other than being an artist?



A whole slew of warehouse jobs, inventory jobs, technical writer, mascot, forklift driver, videographer, photographer, music teacher



What do you do in order to relax after a long day of hard work in the studio?



Lately long walks, like 4-5 miles have been keeping me on an even keel. But usually after a long day in the studio I feel relaxed because I know I put my blood and sweat into my craft, which is always reassuring.



Do you sing in the shower? If yes, what songs?



Very rarely do I sing in the shower but if I’m randomly in a shower that has a nice reverb I’ll sing “Whole Lotta Love”, the bridge section right before the end and really hold that long note before the band comes back in.




Do you agree with the Pigeon?



I never argue with birds.


Review

"Down From the Subway" features programmed and experimental percussion that establishes a psychedelic synergy with nostalgic synthesizers from decades past. A catchy single not to be missed that should be appreciated for its greased gears that are always on time and in the right place, and for its technological and futuristic advances in the form of thick synthesizers that reveal multiple phases without ever becoming monotonous.








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