Artist Name: Michael Epic
Michael Epic is a synthpop/dancepop musician from Fitchburg, Massachusetts who now lives in West Tennessee. He writes and performs his own songs with assistance from several different beatmakers including Emmy nominated producer Joey Cutless and others such as Eric August aka Augustus, Sean Fong and Bang Musik. Michael has a strong lyrical gift and writes serious but still fun party songs dealing with life, women and everything party related. Michael started out music at age 18 but wouldn’t become recognized for anything until age 22 when he lived in Bowling Green, KY. Michael performed under the name “My Perfect Apathy” and he was known as “Mike-C” from the band. The released album “The Depth of Madness” sold a few hundred copies and he was invited to do CD signings in the Greenwood Mall at Outer Loop and toured all the radio stations in that area. Michael would retire that music project and move on to “Michael Epic” where he is currently hustling each day to become larger than life.
I’m semi-professional. I’m published on iTunes and in nearly every store around the world but still have yet to really break through to the spotlight. I’m getting recognized more and more and was even invited to Loretta Lynn’s ranch for the 2013 Redbull AMA Motocross event this summer because I’m a locally notable and I got to hang out with Ricky Carmichael and other Nascar/Motocross celebrities there. I’m working each day towards a brighter future.
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
I am the main cog in my music project. I concept songs, write lyrics, perform vocals and generally direct the traffic for my music team and beatmakers and studio engineers.
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find the most fun?
I love to write silly songs about party goers. I don’t “party” at all nor do I drink, smoke or use drugs but I write about those things. Its fun for me because I get to explore something that is so opposite of who I am and I love nothing more than to write a catchy hook and have it sound amazing in post. It is a lot of fun and it makes me very happy!
How would you describe your music?
I would describe it as dance-pop. Its something you can dance too, laugh at and be entertained by. I have a knack for storytelling and I will often tell you a story. If you look up my song “Way She Wobble” that is a real life, albeit exaggerated account of how I met a girlfriend from my past who was a stripper. Its a reflection of my real life experiences and I would describe my music as just a silly extension of me and who I am as well as who I’m not.
Who is your favourite artist?
Davey Havok from AFI. He’s straight-edge and awesome and a role model for a generation. Throw up your X’s!
Who was your musical inspiration?
Many people inspire me. I really love Sam Sparro, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Britney Spears, David Guetta, deadmau5, Havana Brown, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and more. All of them inspire me and drive me to do what I do.
What artists do you sound closest too?
I would say LMFAO is what I am closest too.
How did you become interested in music?
I was just born this way. My mother would tell me when I was a young boy, absolutely everything would stop for me when music came on. I would drop whatever I was doing and I was always fascinated by music. I love everything about it from start to finish, conceptually and otherwise.
If nobody listened to your music, would it still be part of your life?
Absolutely! Because I hustle each day to get listeners and I make it and pay for it because it makes me happy. Its extremely difficult to pay for it and to create the songs I create but I do it because I love it. My spirit is unbreakable and if you want it bad enough and you’re willing to work hard enough…you can achieve anything.
As a musician do you ever think you’ll quit learning your art?
I highly doubt that. There is always new tricks, tips and processes to be learned. As technology evolves, especially in dance-pop which is driven by drum machines, synths and overall electronic orchestration…there is always something new to try. There is always something new to learn and that’s what makes it so great. Its always new. All the time. What else do you know of that can provide a continually changing experience?
Do you think music is an important life pursuit?
Absolutely! I don’t know where I’d be without it….probably locked up in a mental institution for always drumming on everything and writing lyrics down and singing to myself. I would be crazy haha probably already am crazy but hey….all artists are crazy in their own right. We take on art and handle the agony of it…that’s enough to drive anyone mad!
What advice would you give to young musicians starting out?
Save money. Everything costs money. Lots of it. Flyers cost money, engineering cost money, instruments or instrumentation costs money. Advertising, performing…it all costs money. I say go to college, get the best job you can get and live like a minimalist. If you are going to buy that big 60″ plasma TV with your income tax return…ask yourself, if I used this $500-1000 to print up flyers with my song or my show on it…would that help me more than this 60″ plasma TV would? The answer is always yes. Save money. Spend wisely. Push hard. That’s my advice for you youngsters.
Do you worry about making it in todays music industry?
Every single day. I lay awake at night sometimes wondering what I can sell, what I can trade, what extra time could I dedicate to a second job to give me a leg up in advertising in my area. What time can I spend on Twitter networking. How can I get considered for this online magazine article. How can I attract new listeners….I worry about it every single day. It consumes you…but that’s the nature of the beast and you have to learn to roll with the punches if you want to survive.
What would you tell young musicians that may help inspire them to develop their talent?
Be open minded. Real instruments, virtual instruments, your little brothers fire engine or outboard gear and drum machines. Use it all. You never know what you will find and how you will learn to use it and discover a cool sound that creates a phenomenal hook.
If you are creative…creativity will follow and that’s a sure fire way to greatness. Be willing to innovate and not be arrogant and hate on any style of music. Pay attention to it…learn and accept it. You have no idea what you’re capable of until you try.
How long does it take you to write a song from start to finish?
It takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 years to write a song. I can knock a lot of songs out in 15 minutes to an hour…but some songs it has taken me two years to finish the lyrics, doing piece at a time until its right.
Do you listen to a lot of music? if so what type?
Dance-Pop, Alternative, Singer/Songwriter, Jazz, Putamayo world music collections…if it sounds good, I like it.
Do you ever get burnt out working on music?
All the time. Its hard to shut off your brain when you are creative and driven to create. Its a passion and she is a mean mistress and she will eat you up and spit you out before you know it. You’ll be like what happened!?
How do you deal with writers block when writing music?
I put on a diaper and cry like a baby lol but seriously…there are many resources online and in real life that can help you cope with being burnt out and blocked and they are worth a look. Writers block is an unexplained phenomenon and its a demoralizing one at that….and that’s what I do. I pitch a fit and have to be put in a diaper and put down for a nap!
Do you ever use mobile technology to help you record your ideas?
Absolutely. My phone is littered with sound recorders, notes, email addresses and absolutely anything to help me jot down ideas, record ideas, notes, observations about things for future song ideas and the whole 9 yards. Yes, before you ask…like any other artist, its a great big mess and that’s the way I like it!
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
I hope that you persevere and have the conviction to follow your dreams. If you want to be famous, you want to live a luxurious life and you want to be one with your art and live happily ever after…you have to be willing to endure hardship and turmoil and do it with a smile on your face. My final thoughts and advice are to never give up. You might possibly write my next favorite song or a song that inspires me to write a song that makes someone happy. You might inspire someone, save someone’s life or help two lovers in their quarrels to come together in happiness and bliss. You are capable of anything and even though I don’t know you….I hope to meet you and hear your music. Come find me…come show me, tweet me…facebook me, email me…I’m always willing to listen and talk to you, no matter who you are or where you’re from. Persevere. Dig deep. Live.
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records