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Mikal Blue
 
 
 
 
   
 
     
 
 
   
 
Mikal Blue
"GOLD"
Irish Release July 18, 2008 on Immergent
www.mikalblue.com ~ www.myspace.com/mikalbluemusic
How does one follow up an incredible year as the producer, writer, and musician of the platinum selling debut release from Colbie Caillat? How about by releasing your own album of infectious and instantly classic pop songs?

Mikal Blue more than earned his spot on the musical map this past year as the architect of Caillat’s “Coco”, one of the biggest albums of 2007. Now the attention turns to him and his own debut “Gold”.

In addition to crafting Colbie Caillat’s release, Mikal Blue has also worked with Five for Fighting, OneRepublic, Augustana, and is now in hot demand by many labels to apply his midas touch to up-and-comers Decca signing Brendon James and new Atlantic songstress, Hope.

Listen to the CD! You will instantly be taken in by Mikal’s infectious power pop, clever songwriting, and lush production.

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After shaping the sound of many of today’s most compelling indie acts – artists like Five for Fighting, Augustana, Limousine, One Republic, The Daylights, Colbie Caillat, Drowning Pool and Gary Jules - producer Mikal Blue finally heeded their constant urging to put his talents to use on his own work. Last year, he took time off to write and record his debut album, Gold. Tackling themes of alienation, love, and redemption, Mikal stepped out of the shadows just long enough to reveal himself as a remarkable singer-songwriter, unafraid to have a little fun along the way.

While growing up in the UK, Blue’s love for the Beatles promptly turned into a full-fledged obsession with music. At seven years of age, he began attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts for 11 years, studying everything from classical composition to prose and Shakespearian acting, and even voice production. “At a very young age, I learned about breathing and how to get the notes out,” Mikal recalls. He also muses that the school’s elocution lessons softened his regional accent as well, drumming the “Newcastle out of him.”

By sixteen, he was already playing North London clubs and his band was the youngest ever to make the final four in the UK’s popular television show Band of the North. “Make no mistake,” he says, “the club circuit wasn’t quite as glamorous as you’d think.” It was certainly an eye-opening experience for an adolescent lad. “We were sharing bills with strippers in clubs on Sunday afternoons,” he laughs.

After high school, Mikal left England to busk around the world, taking him everywhere from the Greek Islands and Austrian Alps and finally to the US, where he decided to stay. Soon after arriving, he was tapped to write music for films including Adrian Lyne’s Lolita and the punk rock documentary Songs for Cassavetes. Immersed in the American music scene, Blue found himself spending his nights with the indie acts that played the Hollywood clubs and was asked to do pre-production work with Orange County punk stars The Offspring. To his surprise, he quickly became a highly-sought after record producer and decided to shelve his own ambitions.

Mikal built a studio, Revolver Recordings, and began a production career. “I became a producer as kind of a by-product while on the road to developing my own career as an artist plus my love of music,” the enigmatic Mikal says. “I found myself working on other people’s recordings, helping them co-write, playing instruments and using my knowledge of engineering. Now I’ve come full circle taking ideas that even go back to when I was a teenager – even a couple of melodies – and pulled it all together into this album. I guess you could say it’s an album I’ve been preparing for my whole life.”

The result is Gold: A tapestry of resonating emotion and vivid musical textures built on atmospheric framing for surging songs imbued with often-subtle, yet lasting hooks. Produced by Five For Fighting’s Curt Schneider and John Trickett, Mikal seized the opportunity step away from the studio boards as he spent six months writing songs and honing material.

“While working with Five For Fighting I’d been impressed with Curt’s taking the lead on production, so I brought him in to do the album with John and it all became pretty organic,” Mikal says. “I wanted to be the artist, not be the guy plugging in all the mics, just focusing on performing.”

The songs on Gold were sketched out on acoustic guitar or piano. “Melody is always the driving force,” Mikal says. “If is doesn’t have a strong melody the song won't get finished and the lyrics are usually what I’ll work on last. I’ll even start recording a song without having all the lyrics as long as that melody is there. And being so into the Beatles was and still is a great way for me to understand pop song arrangements and production; even in working with contemporary artists that’s in the back of my mind.”

The title song “Gold” reflects a theme that surfaces later on other album tracks – that of change, denial and acceptance. “A lot of the songs are written in second, third person, though it’s me just kicking my own ass about issues I have with myself,” Mikal laughs. Television audiences got a preview of the track when it made its debut on the new ABC show October Road on April 26th (immediately following Grey’s Anatomy).

One of the most topical tracks is “Change Tomorrow,” which was actually written a decade ago. “It works pretty well for today with (the documentary film) An Inconvenient Truth and so on,” Mikal says. “’Today’s the day to change tomorrow.’ That’s such a simple little phrase and while it’s more a commentary on me, it delves a little bit into what we’ve done to the environment.”

TRACK LISTING:

1. Gold
2. Heaven
3. Never Gonna Say
4. Magazine
5. Adeline’s Store
6. Delusional
7. Already Lost You
8. Change Tomorrow
9. Pepper
10. Break The Skin
11. Paige

 
 
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