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IN THE MOMENT WITH MIKE GREEN


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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.


Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has made a huge impact on your artistry.

I was eight years old and performed my very first show at Toad’s Place in New Haven, to a crowd of four hundred. I know what you’re thinking… eight years old… What a promoter. Not quite. I was able to perform thanks to my childhood vocal coach Rose Coppola. She invited me to shake off my nerves and perform a few Beatles songs before her set. I rocked a classic jean and leather vest look, was nervous as hell, but knew I wanted to pursue music the moment I began singing. I’d later go on to cut my teeth on that same stage as I grew older. I suppose that moment early on in life was an important catalyst.


How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?


I like to hike or walk, cook, and be as prepared as I can be. Everything else I do I wouldn’t consider healthy.


Who did you learn from to instill those values?

I was very unhealthy in my life once and I don’t want to go back to those moments. I made a change and I’m constantly working on it.


Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well being and not only your art?

Art comes from a state of well-being, they typically go hand in hand. It continues to be hard to balance either of them accordingly. Hell, just being a human and surviving society can have its difficulties.


Was there a turning point of how you decided to put yourself first?


Yes, maybe when I turned 30. At some point in life, you begin to factor time into all of your life equations and variables. It’s important to make use of the energy you wake up with, and be conscious of other’s energy as well. It’s always best to be prepared and succinct so no one’s time is wasted. Also, completely irrelevant to business, but there was a point where I recognized my personal recovery required spending time away from people who enjoy spending time with me.


How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?


I don’t promote any lifestyle to anyone, I think it’s arrogant to do so unless they ask.

In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?


Through my email newsletters and by releasing music!


Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?


Two friends, my aunt, and my mom. Without these few people I would probably be a mess.


Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how it's changed your life now?


Getting into the habit of cooking and going for walks. These two habits alone can fully alter your microbiome and your heart health, which directly affect your thoughts, which build your reality.


Is there a song, book, movie, show or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?


Silence is my great motivator.


What is the mantra of 2022?!


I’m not coming up with a mantra for you. I don’t have one.


Give all the inside scoop of your latest project!


My latest project is a live, three-song performance with my good friend Tim Palmieri (Lotus, Kung Fu) named “Living Room Session”. Tim and I did acoustic versions of a couple songs from my album Restart, and a new song that will have a fully produced feature on my sophomore album. It was fun to take a song like “No One’s Gonna Love You Like I Do”, which has a soft reggae vibe on my debut, and give it a different swing and groove. A song like “Waves” which has minimal guitar work on the album was transformed into a more percussive, hypnotic state. There’s a lot of musicality in our performance, and that alone is stellar, considering I hadn’t seen him or anyone in that room in over two years. No effect pedals or edits, just raw and in the moment.


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