RGM Introducing, here is our interview with Michael Lumby

Hiya Michael thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start to become a soloist?

I decided to become a soloist after my brother, who I used to play a lot of music with, moved down south to pursue a career in acting, which left me to focus on my own writing. 

Introduce us all to yourself and your musical history?

I am a solo Scottish singer/songwriter and self-employed sound engineer. I write, record and produce from my home recording studio based in Perth, Scotland. I’ve been writing music since the age of about 8 years old. I have been heavily influenced by the rock music scene, as well several other genres. So far in my career, I have released several singles, 5 EP’s and a debut album. I’ve been lucky enough to play at a few open mic gigs, within some of my local venues, but I hope to play many more gigs in the future across the UK and beyond. 

How much are you looking forward to playing live?

I am very much looking forward to playing again in front of real people, especially after a year or so of only being able to do a few online streaming gigs. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

This is one of my first times being interviewed, so I haven’t come across one yet!

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?

My favourite song at the moment from the Perth music scene is probably “Heading Back (To Miss You)” by country rock band “Longstay”.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

No, I don’t 

What support is out there for new artists in Perth?

The Perth music scene has some great support from its local college to local recording studios. Both of which have great rehearsal spaces and support for up and coming musicians.  

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Perth unsigned scene?

I’m very much feeling inspired by Perth country band “Longstay”, especially because I managed to get one of their lead singers, “Callum Campbell”, to feature on my debut album, singing track 5 on the album, (Maybe I’ll See You Tonight).

What useless party trick /talent do you have? 

I don’t think I have one to be honest. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

About three years ago I played at a local open mic gig in Perth, with a great musical friend of mine and the small pub was packed with local musicians, who were spreading the love of music around the room. The two of us played an amazing rendition of one of his songs and I remember getting a real music buzz from that night. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

I haven’t played many gigs so far in my career, so I don’t have any bad experiences yet. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

Some people might be surprised to hear that I am originally a drummer and that I am a self-taught guitarist. 

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

Sadly, I haven’t yet played any big venues, to have created any backstage stories to tell

If you had to describe your sound to an alien how would you describe to them

In my opinion, music is best described through what we hear. Allowing those who perceive music, to use their own thoughts and opinions, to describe what they hear. But if I could describe my music to aliens, I’d say my music is easy listening, very catchy, and has great storytelling lyrics.  

Name a four-piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

If I had the chance to piece together my own legendary four piece band, it would have to be Ronnie Wood on Lead Guitar, Roger Taylor on drums, Geddy Lee on Bass and Freddie Mercury on Lead Vocals.

If you could play any music festival which would it be?

Being Scottish I would have to say, “Transmit”. 

What’s your biggest achievement as an Artist?

My biggest achieve so far as an artist has got to be my debut album. Not just writing and producing this album, but also researching local artists, who help made the collaborative part of this project possible. 

What makes you stand out as an Artist?

I like to think that the variety of music I write sets me aside from others artists. As seen throughout my debut album, I love to collaborate with other artist/musicians. 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus )

I have to say, I’m quite a positive person and very little gets me annoyed. But I do feel that the amount of money earnt per streaming these days, is quite poor, considering the price of CD’s and Vinyl. This is something that does get me annoyed. 

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

The new single is set to hit the stores on Friday the 3rd of September. The song is called “Now I Run (No Longer Will I Crawl)” and is my 2nd isolation single, following the successful of my lockdown anthem, “Stay At Home”, which was released on YouTube last May. 

What are your plans for the year ahead? 

I’d quite like to doing some touring with my debut album before I start to think of releasing any new music next year. But I still need to make some plans for this. I plan to do an online streaming release gig for my new single on the 3rd of September. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I would like to thank everyone who got involved in making my debut album possible. My four guest singers Fiona Reid, Lola O’Dorel, Callum Campbell and Christopher McDougall and Michael Galloway my right hand man, who provided his amazing piano/keyboard skills and helped bring this project together. 

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