Friday, March 16, 2018

Michigander Releases his first EP "Midland" Today!

Some people think that Michigander is the word to describe a person that was born in Michigan and history buffs will tell you that its actually an insult word created by Abraham Lincoln during the election of 1860 to insult his Michigan born opponent by comparing him to a goose (shout out to Travis Wright for teaching us that one on our podcast). But, if your hip to up and coming music here in Detroit, you know that Michigander is a talented young up and coming Detroit artist.

The multi talented artist has already has recorded sessions with Audiotree, Daytrotter, and Sofar and is celebrating the release of his EP Midland today. You can check it out and listen to it in full here. It is the first EP that he has ever released and he will be celebrating with a formal release party at the Magic Stick in a few weeks. But before the big party, we reached out to ask him a little bit about his new EP and what he plans to do this summer. Take a second and get hip to Michigander and then mark your calenders for the EP release party on March 24th, also featuring another great up and coming act called Brother Son!

HID- Why did you choose the Magic Stick for your album release party?
Michigander- "I’ve wanted to play the stick ever since I was about 13 years old. My friends and I used to watch this old VHS tape of the White Stripes playing there. It was one of my early exposures to rock and roll in general."

HID- Is there a special meaning behind the EP title "Midland"? If so can you share?
Michigander- "Yeah, Midland is the name of the town I grew up in and currently live in. It’s about two hours north of Detroit, up 75. It’s a very typical small Midwestern town. Lots of chain restaurants. But, I think recently I realized it’s not about where you are, but who you’re with and I'm with a lot of great people up there."

HID- Sometimes your voice makes me tear up, have you ever looked out and seen someone tearing up at one of your shows?
Michigander- "I’ve never seen anyone crying. I have heard sniffles once or twice. I have seen people making out during the songs. Not sure if that counts for anything."

HID- Why did you decide to put out a physical copy of the EP?
Michigander- "I really wanted to make this a special first release. I’ve never had any physical copies of my music before so I thought this would be the time. I’m really happy with how well they turned out. Adam Podboy did the design and I’m hoping he wins some sort of award for it. Adam is my best friend, he does almost all of my design work and photos and I think we work really well together.:

HID- What song off your current set list are you the most excited to perform in front of everyone on the 24th?
Michigander- "I’ve been working out the set list for the show and trying to figure out the best order of things. I think playing East Chicago, which is the last track will be my favorite. It’s my most favorite song that I’ve ever written and I can’t wait for people to hear it."

HID- What do you have planned for this summer?
Michigander- "We are playing a few fests around the Midwest and working out some other things. It’ll be hard to top last summer."

HID- What's been inspiring you lately?
Michigander- "There is a band called Lo Moon from LA. I have not stopped listening to their record. I hope everyone checks them out."

HID- Will there be any surprises on the 24th?
Michigander- "There will be a lot of friends joining me on stage. Especially the last chunk of the set. I wanted to do confetti. But I don’t think that's gonna happen. All in all it will be a very special evening."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Michigander- "Mi Pueblo has the best tacos in Detroit. *drops mic*"

Michigander will be performing live at The Magic Stick on March 24th. You can get advanced tickets to attend the show here.  We are looking forward to this one!


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