Having already impressed with a string of immersive outings throughout this year, emerging artist Michael Blackwell is now looking to cement his vibrant legacy to date with the release of his eagerly-awaited debut EP 'A Trip Around The Sun'.
Featuring many of his previously unveiled gems including 'Down On Your Luck', 'Signs Of Life' and 'Lessons Learned', this new six-track collection makes for a wonderfully euphoric listen from start to finish. With his emotive vocal style layered across a progressive production from start to finish, 'A Trip Around The Sun' establishes him as one of the more exciting names on the rise right now.
So with the new EP available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has bee inspiring him over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The guitar! I started playing at age 10.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I've always been a big fan of rock music. I think I'm drawn to its energy, rawness, and passion.
What was the first album you remember owning?
"Led Zeppelin IV." My dad had it on tape in the car when I was young.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
"Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen. I play this song in my live set. He really knows how to deliver a melancholic storytelling lyric, but the song still feels uplifting.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I create music in many different ways. Sometimes it starts with a lyrical idea, maybe from something I have read or heard someone say. Other times it comes from a musical idea which I grow into a song.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I am a big fan of the band Wunderhorse. I love their songwriting, and the production of their record is incredible.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Oh, tricky... Foo Fighters or Radiohead wouldn't be bad...
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
And what is the most frustrating part?
All the other stuff that isn't making music.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Do it because you love it, not because you're trying to make a load of money.
Michael Blackwell's debut EP 'A Trip Around The Sun' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.