Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I have been in many bands but I wanted a way to create all genres. 3Mind Blight was created in 2018 as a solo project for that purpose. It has afforded me the luxury to branch out unrestricted in all areas of music.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Michael B / 3Mind Blight. I began my love for music at around two years old when I started playing piano and my love for music and the many instruments grew from that. I went on to form many bands and production companies. At 17 I was playing live shows and receiving record deal offers. I decided to stay independent and with that, I have two bands out in the world. My all Metal /Rock project D.E.C.H ( DeadEyeChokeHold ) and 3Mind Blight – As well as my own music label and Publishing business, 3MIND BLIGHT MUSIC.
So hows the good Old USA dealing with Covid in your area?
In my area of Tulsa, Oklahoma it has had a vast impact on daily living. It has made communication with others harder and trips to the store / seeing shows etc. has become a chore in itself.
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
I have put on my producer hat and have thrown myself into full-on musical mania. Creating music for others, collaborating and releasing new music worldwide.
How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
I am still unsure of how things will go in the future but I always try to see the positive side of things and have held on to hope that we can all go back to whatever our normal is soon.
How has 2020 effected your mental health?
Like any year before it. It has had it’s ups and downs.
How do you feel you willl appeal to a UK audience?
I actually pushed my music in the UK before releasing it in the states. My first music fans were out of the UK and I am pleased to say it was well-received.
What would you say is the difference between an American and UK audience?
To be honest, Music is music, and fans of music are in all regions of the world. As a multi-genre artist, I am afforded the luxury of hitting all realms and niche markets so I can’t say I see a difference in the audience profiles.
As a collective, drawing on your experiences, how does the industry feel today compared to 5 or 10 years ago?
It seems that it is going into more of a digital stance. A lot of attention is on streaming sites and social instead of the personal shows and records of the past. I miss being able to meet and greet your fans and actually see who is playing your music.
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?
BaYaT – Madness and Ray Roehrborn’s -Save Me from Myself
What support is out there for new artists in Oklahoma ?
In Oklahoma, there is not a huge music scene like their is in far larger cities but the fans of musc are true fans 100 percent. From shows to radio’s it is amazing.
Who is inspiring you at the minute?
I take inspiration from many aspects in life. What inspires me at the moment is true fans of independent music.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
That I create music based upon a feeling or emotion from real world situations and each song has a message housed within the story that it tells.
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
Not all of the time but sometimes I can speak fluently in reverse.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
One time at a show, I decided to make the whole show impromptu and freestyle songs based on what words the audience shouted out. It was a full hour of songs and lyrics created on the fly. The response from the audience and the pairing of the music with them all together at once felt monumental. True fan interaction at its best that I will never forget.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Once at a show a huge fight broke out at a venue and beer bottles and other items were being thrown around and at the time ( I had a full band ) my band members and I were hit with a few of them.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I think people would be surprised to learn that all instruments and all songs from both of my bands are all created and played by me.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
Most backstage stories should stay backstage…:).
Who would you like to work with on the circuit right now?
There are so many awesome artists out at the moment, to just pick one would be impossible.
Whats your biggest achievement as a band?
Winning Artist of the Year and Cross over band of the year in the independent blogs, magazines and social platforms – as well as international awards ( Best of ) in three different genres/catagories for three of my songs.
What makes you stand out as a band?
I am a multi genre artist that makes music in all styles. I always blend genres and add a touch of rock into everything I create whether it is Hip-Hop, Rap, Pop or even Orchestral music.
Right now, whats pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂
The fact that a lot of people are not individuals. They go with the heard or change to fit into what is popular at the time. I say be your self always.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It is called Reflections. It is a collaboration song with Sophie Dorsten. It hit the U.S.A on Jan 16th
and it’s Worldwide Radio Impact date is Feb.12th. It can be streamed on all streaming platforms right now and purchased in stores. https://song.link/vr0qpK8xZxzr0
Here is a small explanation of the song from one of the press releases.
On “Reflections” the duo deliver a somber and dramatic examination of failed relationships. The Dark Pop duet pairs 3Mind Blight’s gruff and gritty delivery with Dorsten’s soulful voice as they take turns, “Reflecting on what’s gone.”
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the USA has been under of late?
Files had to be sent back and fourth through Drop box and emails and then paired together in the studio. Sophie would record vocals and send and I would do the same. It was interesting building a song this way.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world? Stay tuned
Metal / Rock
Finally and perhaps optimistically, what are your plans for the year ahead
I plan to release two Ep’s one full album and five singles as well as two collaboration songs.
I will be doing Live acoustic sets for many of my previous songs and releasing an album of that as well.
I have a book called The Man Behind The Light releasing soon. As well as a Poetry book. I want to expand into all areas this year and turn my label into a full on media house.