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Updated: May 24, 2022

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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, each encapsulated in their own world, all while leaving a lasting impression of powerful choruses and head-nodding grooves. Green’s self-produced 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.

Thank you for taking this interview! While your fans and new fans stream your music and read this interview, tell us the first thing that comes to mind that you're grateful for about your music career!

Having an outlet that intertwines with both my passion and ability to make people feel something when I push air through the room.

What kind of inspiration influences your music that fans would be surprised by?

Silence. I got enough going on in my head. Silence is where creativity is born.

Who has influenced you in your career?

I am molded by pop culture and time. Of course, the people in my life have shaped my experiences, whether teachers, family or friends. I think of world culture as an open river, and I as a dam. Everyone, everything, and anything is, or can be, influential, including a breeze.

Who is your biggest cheerleader in the industry? Why?

My fans, and all involved with the creation of my art are my biggest cheerleaders. In the industry, I’d have to include Rashawn Ross and Marcus Eaton. Those two have been big supporters and lent their talents to my debut album “Restart”. The most recent cheerleaders are a bit surreal to me… Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, and Maurice Brown of Silk Sonic recently bought a few copies of “Restart” at a performance of mine in a small L.A. nightclub. They even asked me to sign it. I mean… these guys know the ins and outs of it all, they are at the top of their game right now. To get a tip of the hat nod from them makes me wonder… if I can make them feel something, who else!?

Who gives you the most critique? Why?

I give myself the most critique. Why is an unknown, perhaps I’m too passionate. That does not seem like a bad thing, though.

Do you often follow your heart or your brain when you have to make decisions in your career?

Why not both? Your brain will remind you to rest and relax so you can give your heart, your all, in a given moment.

Making decisions on how to go about your next project, what do those conversations sound like?

At times they may sound like a million screaming voices in my head, other times focused. I know for sure I want there to be live takes with a group, but with some elemental, atmospheric vibes included. Orchestrating the right people in the right room for the right vibe is the vital part. I typically show up with pre-production ideas in place for everyone to either abide by if they dig, or dance around if they don't. Ultimately, I want the musicians to bring their own elements to the music, otherwise why hire them.

Give us a fun fact about your latest music!

My latest EP “Living Room Session” was recorded in the house I was born and raised in. My parents have since moved from that location, so it was a great experience to perform as a final farewell. What you don’t witness in the video is across the room is my family whom I have not seen in two years' time due to the pandemic. It is also profoundly dope to have my long-time musical brother Tim Palmieri by my side.

Best advice you've received on making new music?

Get out of your own way. It’s a generic phrase at this point, but sometimes you need to hear it, even say it out loud. It will feel good if you can commit to it.

Give us some advice when it comes to pushing forward in your career?

Hey, it’s difficult to take your own advice, as I am very much in my own way at times. All I know is the mountains will be high and the valleys will be low. At some point try to take time and enjoy those valleys, use it to hydrate yourself and your mind. That’s where all the water accumulates anyways.

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