We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I am not interested about quantity, I am interested in quality. Consistency is important, yes, but trust is even more important. I want listeners to know they can expect a hi-fidelity experience, both sonically and emotionally, when listening to my music. Also, when things get tough I do not give up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am very excited about my debut album “Restart.” I created it with my best friends in my garage, here in Los Angeles, and in the south of France. Cool people doing cool shit. It isn’t a predictable album, it is eclectic and fun. It has a pop-rock vibe that will hold ground with a lot of signed major artists out there. I am even more excited about the songs I am writing for my sophomore album. I have no labels pulling my strings, so I am free to evolve as I wish, and that is fun.
I do not believe there’s anything significant that separates me from the bunch. I suppose one difference is when the power goes out, I can still play my songs for you. I love adventure, making new friends, fine food and drink, and hearing life stories from others around the world. It is subjective, but I have experienced loneliness, loss, jadedness, angst, love, and hope, just as you have. I create art for personal therapy first, and secondly in hopes that I can share these emotions so people feel less alone, and realize we are in this hallucination of a life together.
It has been an arduous journey, but I trust these hands to steer the proverbial wheel. My creative roots burrow deep. I have been at this since I have been a child. This life chose me. The only thing separating you from the “greats” is failure. I know I will evolve as long as I do not avoid failure. It’s a risk, but such is life.
One important lesson I have learned over time is people are not looking to be impressed, they simply want an escape. This thought helps me hone into why I write or perform, and removes any external stress of pleasing others. I’m a tough critic, so if I can please myself, chances are I will satisfy others too.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area, and this pandemic was not wreaking havoc on our lives, I would need them to experience the following things… and in no specific order (other than the first)
Dispensary – enjoy the nectar of the gods
PCH – unless you have the balls to skydive, there’s no better combo of breeze and beauty. cruise the coast.
Venice Beach – ultimately the goal here is to have a cocktail and see a sunset. The characters and culture are a bonus.
Movie Studios – Hollywood wouldn’t be Hollywood without them. Take a tour, see the magic.
Hiking – Lotta cool trails with cool stories. The Westridge-Canyonback trail leads to an old missile silo used during the Cold War to protect us from soviet warplanes. Another trail in the Pacific Palisades leads to an old abandoned nazi camp that would have been a safe-house, had they not have been defeated (lots of stairs involved). Will Rogers Park has some good trails too, just watch out for snakes and mountain lions.
The Baked Potato – intimate room filled with a lot of soul. One of the best jazz spots in LA. they also serve massive spuds.
Salsa & Beer – authentic Mexican cuisine. you leave happy.
North End Caffe – small spot in Manhattan Beach. I go for the kailua pork egg-rolls and the steep hills to walk them off afterwards.
Milk Jar – their cookies are so bomb.
Sri Siam – randomly discovered this Thai spot in North Hollywood and now I always go there, it’s so tasty.
Fritto Misto – Italian in Santa Monica, they make all of their pasta fresh daily. You can bring your own wine too if you can handle the corking fee (only $2.50 per person hehe)
Cha Cha Chicken – right around the corner from Fritto is this dope Caribbean chicken spot. yum yum, dig in.
Eh… this is turning into a travelogue. That’s enough. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It is an honor to be supported by friends and family who continue to inspire me. Shoutout to Mom & Dad, Robert Gasper, Rashawn Ross and the Dave Matthews Band, Brian Moore, Marcus Eaton, Cliff Beach, Cam Tyler, Eli Marcus, and all those who have supported my endeavors and made my artwork possible. Without their support I would not exist.
JAG Studio Photography for the main image provided for the feature, the one of me jumping, and the one of my feet on stage. The others are from my personal collection. I have consent to use all photos.