Having worked closely with Mike Garrigan in the process of putting on the Showcase of Original Music and my first featured artist interview with Aubrey Shamel at his Two Egrets Media & Recording studio, I was eager to sit down and talk to him, musician to musician. I was very curious to see how this man of peaceful poise and quiet confidence first found his way into what some might see as the chaotic world of music and to hear about his personal journey.
We cover a lot of ground in the interview, hitting some highlights, discussing early influences, talking about both the rewards and challenges, as well as the choices an artist has to make along the way. Having had such commercial successes, first with his band "Collapsis", that was signed by Universal Records, and later joining up with his friends in "Athenaeum", whose record had been produced by Atlantic, Garrigan has much to draw from. He reflects on working with a bigger label, and explains how that experience helped steer him on a course remaining true to his own vision and that of his loyal fans by creating his own studio & production company, Two Egrets Media & Recording, where he records and releases new CD's regularly. Mike's depth of care and commitment to his music comes through in his description of HIS success being derived from knowing he has touched someone with a song he has written. He speaks of how his fans are more like "family" and that gigs can, and often DO, turn into reunions. There is a spirituality to this man and his music which becomes ever clearer through his own descriptive words. We analyze current music trends, discussing the freedom that artists have today to explore many genres and mixes of instruments without losing their audience. Mike also shares his fondness of cooking, which is not a widely known fact and was a perk in his latest "Kickstarter" campaign which ended (successfully!) before this post went live.
Mike's depth of care and commitment to his music comes through in his description of HIS success being derived from knowing he has touched someone with a song he has written. He speaks of how his fans are more like "family" and that gigs can, and often DO, turn into reunions. There is a spirituality to this man and his music which becomes ever clearer through his own descriptive words.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Mike, both for his personal time which he graciously offered for our interview AND for allowing the ongoing use of his studio for future filmings. I urge you to listen to his music and if it resonates with you, purchase some thus supporting the musical entrepreneurs out there.
Learn Even More!
- Mike's official website
- Two Egrets Media & Recording
- Twitter feed (fun mention in later episode) @jimsteele1138