I got hooked, listening it to it every day, many times a day.
I got hooked, listening it to it every day, many times a day. I just had to release this record. With that great shot of Michael and his son on the cover Michael exposes his feelings about family life, his inspirations and the artists that make his experiences as a musician that much richer. His new album blends a colourful mixture of mournful psychadellic folk together dream pop. It is a truly wonderful body of work. We catch up with him on the run up to his UK tour.
At what point did it start developing as a solo album? That wasn't really clear until it was completed. It's probably the least "solo" of any of my records, as far as the process - there were more contributions to these songs, from start to finish.
Various things factored into it being released under my name. That part hasn't changed much. I just do it the way I know how. I'd like to think that I've gotten better at it - a bit more comfortable with it. Do you and Whitney plan on working together again in the future on new material? It's grown increasingly difficult to make time for it.
Making it work with kids is tricky. My goal is for this new thing to be able to operate in various forms. As of right now, it makes most sense to approach it in this way. Was this a factor which drew you to the label? I've been friends with David, who runs the label, for a while. We've released a lot of music together.
He offered to put this record out too. I like playing live with people. I'm most interested in what happens there. That's when I think about it all the least, and it feels the most natural. I can get in my own way once I start trying to zoom in too far. I feel most inspired when we're doing things quickly together. What advice would you give to other artists entering family life and wanting to continue with their work?
I haven't figured it out. I kind of had to rethink my whole thing, I guess. Try to be present for everything. Keep the love and joy as front and centre as you can, and things will pull together.
Just make sure not to miss out on the important stuff. We recorded a lot of songs for this live.
Benny Yurco Grace Potter, Ryan Adams was a huge part of the whole thing - he's a great guitar player. He's a great person to be around, and talented all around. I've learned a lot about music from him. Ryan Spellman from Quiet Life played drums, we go way back.
I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to create with all of these people on this thing. How do you see the future unravelling for you as a solo artist?
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