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Michael Gallagher

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW  MICHAEL GALLAGHER WHAT HAPPENED?

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

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I don’t really know, I just remember being obsessed with it from a canny young age. Then when I started going to gigs in my teens I decided that’s what I wanted to do.  I like telling stories of things I have seen and experienced growing up in a ‘salt of the earth’ town and I find music is my best way of expressing that.

Introduce us to all the members and your musical history.

Hello, my name is Michael Gallagher, proudly from Hartlepool which is a small town in the North East of England but now based in Manchester. I also have my band who are Matty Nicholson on the lead guitar, Luke Percy on the bass and Zac Hemming on the pots and pans.

Over recent years, I have performed at festivals including Isle of Wight, Truck Festival and YNot ?, along with sold out headline dates in Newcastle, Manchester, London, Sunderland and Hartlepool Town Hall and supported artists such as Bastille, Pigeon Detectives, Reverand and the Makers, Black Grape and the Sherlocks to name but a few.

In my short career so far I have been lucky enough to have had my releases supported and acclaimed by Radio X, BBC Introducing, 6 Music, Amazing Radio, XS Manchester & CLASH.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

I can’t remember a particular song as such, however I always remember when I was young my Nana giving me a box of Rolling Stones & Bowie records which seemed to steer me to where I am today.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Right at the very bottom! With all the other dreamers…

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

No not really. Think people struggle to understand what I say because of my accent so I think I’m pretty safe from that.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

No. The worlds already a weird enough place without bringing any conspiracies to the table. Or is it?

What was the worst experience on stage?

I once had a bloke shadow box in-front of me when I was playing a pub gig years ago. That was a little bit strange, but I think I took it in my stride and rolled with the punches..

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

My surname! Just not enough Gallagher’s about making indie music.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Well what are the chances it so happens I do! On Friday 23rd February I will be releasing my first single of the year called ‘Rum & Raisin’. It’s a bit of a more sombre song for me but one I felt was important to write about. I wanted to write about the feeling of struggle I have witnessed from people (be it with mental health, additions etc.) and yet how more often than not these people are usually treated with some kind of contempt or looked down on. When in reality, a bit compassion would be a lot more helpful.

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the track with Alex Quinn (producer behind Lottery Winners #1 album and Royston Clubs top #20) at Kempston Street Studios (formerly Parr Street). For ‘Rum & Raisin’ I really wanted to create a vintage sounding record so we used dampening techniques to create the drum sound and used a lot of vintage instruments such as a Fender Rhodes. Basically, just tried to make it sound as much like the Beatles as possible.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Not so much when writing them, but when recording in the studio with Alex, we spent a lot of time writing new parts and playing with structures to ensure we were getting the most out of each tune and I like to think we have really created something good here.

Would you change anything now its finished?

Not at all! It’s probably the most proud I have been of a piece of work that I have created and can’t wait for people to hear it and let me know what they think.

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

Thank you for reading this far if you made it, if you would be so kind to drop me a follow across my social platforms (@mickyygall across all) and follow me on Spotify.

If you like what you read and hear then me come check us out at one of our upcoming shows, headlining KU in Stockton on Saturday 9th March and playing Chris Hawkins’ 6 Music showcase at Night & Day in Manchester alongside Dirty Laces on Friday 16th April.  You can get tickets for both at https://michaelgallaghermusic.co.uk/ 

It’s a very busy year for me and the boys on both the live performance and release front as we have a LOT planned for 2024…

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