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'ALWAYS' LISTENING TO MIKE GREEN


Mike Green is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Green has garnered attention in the music industry, having performed in front of artists such as Mick Jagger, Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Wyclef Jean, Maroon 5, Jamie Cullum, John C. Reilly and more. Green has had music placed in film and television shows, performed in 30+ countries with international events band The Phly Boyz, as well as provided session guitar and vocal work for many LA-based musicians with world-class credits. Mike is redefining what it means to be an eclectic artist. His songs are versatile, leaving a lasting impression of powerful choruses and head-nodding grooves. Green’s debut album “Restart" features members of David Crosby and Dave Matthews Band, and is a promising first installment from a music artist who clearly has the writing, playing, and singing chops to get the material out of his heart and into a song.


Lyrics to 'Always':


Remembering old days

Out with close friends

Reckless as we could get

Jumped off the highest cliff

Beach and campfires

Nintendo and VHS

Laughs in the backseats

Too easy to reminisce


No matter our age

I still feel the same

You and I will be friends always

When we're apart

Only seasons change


A crush from high school

The sweep of our first kiss

Like two leaves in autumn wind

Echo from Incubus

We grew up quickly

But we sure had fun

So glad that we filled up

With plenty of good love


No matter our age

I still feel the same

You and I will be friends always

When we're apart

Only seasons change

You and I will be friends always

How the time flew by I'll never understand

I guess life picks up speed around the bends

If only good times would never end


No matter our age

I still feel the same

You and I will be friends always

When we're apart

It seems we've never changed

You and I will be friends always

No matter our age

I still feel the same

You and I will be friends always

When we're apart

Only seasons change

What are your favorite lyrics from your latest single? There are some moments within the verses of "Always" that I love, because they describe very specific moments of my childhood. That being said, it’s the chorus that binds. “No matter our age I still feel the same You and I will be friends always When we’re apart Only seasons change” What kind of pull did you feel about making the single? The pull, or drive, is the same pull and drive I have for each song I create. I felt something. What drove me to develop the song’s sentimentality was the riff. I usually seed my songs with a musical motif of some sort, and then focus on how the music makes me feel. There is a sense of romanticism to the riff of “Always”, so my head went to a few places. I thought, if I write a love song, this riff may seem too cheesy. If I write any words that aren’t as sentimental as the riff, the vibe could be lost completely and the riff wasted. I was a year or so into writing different lyrical ideas when I decided nostalgia would be an apropos subject. Are all your writing sessions collaborative or do you go off on your own? Do you have a preference? I mostly write on my own, but I have no preference. I am very selective and vet who I collaborate with. They must have a good sense of dynamics, musicality, top-line, and ultimately have my trust. Some of my best songs are collaborations. As a songwriter, collaboration is an important muscle to flex, and there’s a healthy advantage about not being boxed-in by your own thoughts. Do you ever compare the work you bring to the table? I always compare, but at some point, I have to let go and let art exist. I even compare my own songs to each other. I want to be an eclectic artist, so I try to stay aware of what sounds I’ve already made, how I can advance the existing dynamics I’ve developed, and create new ones altogether. What is standard practice when it comes to if the song is really finished? Can you go days, even weeks, without playing your song and still remember the music and the words? That is typically a sign of a memorable keeper. There unfortunately is no rule-book for this, it’s somewhat of an introspective feeling you need to have. I’ve created full songs in minutes, and I’ve also taken years to complete others. What was the goal for making the latest track? For it to be raw, simple, and succinct. Today’s music culture has a lot of glitz and glamour to the production beds. I wanted to strip it down to bare essentials, my guitar and my voice. There’s something prolific about it, and it’s cool that this song will still sound great even if the power goes out. Challenges to the new music that no one would know about? Getting it heard. After you write, copyright, record, mix, master, publish, you then need to promote it. That’s when the real work begins and where money talks. I’m talking about music videos, lyric videos, photographs, all of which require you to film, light, edit, publish, etc. You then need to upload your lyrics and song metadata to the appropriate sites, be sure all of it is correct. All while managing yourself, sending hundreds of emails for live show bookings, airplay and press, and really just hoping you elicit some attention. There’s a chance.

Favorite memory in the making of this music? I had finished writing this song while I was still living in the south of France. At the time, my good friend Marcus Eaton (of David Crosby’s band) was touring through Italy. He carved out some time to visit my apartment, and it was the first moment I had shared the song with anyone. I performed it for him right there in my apartment. To see someone’s reaction for the first time felt amazing, let alone from someone who is an accomplished artist themselves. Marcus was so moved that he helped me co-produce the track. It was kismet. Is there anything off the table when it comes to bringing yourselves into your music? Ego. The moment you open your mouth or take a stage, it’s no longer about you. You are there for the people and for the music. No one is necessarily asking to be impressed, they just want to be taken on a journey. Keep it real, hopefully they’ll notice and you take them somewhere. Leave us on a high note! And share some good news! I am currently booking west coast shows and developing my sophomore album, which is going to be even doper than my debut. If you’re on the west coast, keep posted. Also, remember not to beat yourself up too much. Take it a day at a time. It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

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Website: www.MikeGreenMusic.com "Always" official music video - https://youtu.be/Rw0PXpS3NX8


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