New York based singer songwriter / guitar virtuoso Mick Hayes just released a music video for his latest single “Hard 2 Explain” which premiered with Huffington Post.
– How is it going with Mick Hayes online and in the music world?
Things are looking up these days, I’m really looking forward to hearing some industry feedback on the new material. Online is a little tough. I’m one of the many musicians fighting through social media algorithms. It’s hard when you see a video of a cat running from a cucumber getting a couple million views and shares, but I just take a deep breath and put my faith back where it belongs.
– How was it filming the music video for “Hard 2 Explain” compared to making the music recording of it?
I did the video and the recording by myself for the most part, they are both a learning process. My wife has a film/video editing degree and she helped with some of the motion shots. When it came to the editing, she was equally as helpful in the tough-love department.
– Being premiered on Huffington Post with the music video “Hard 2 Explain” most be a good feeling how did come about?
That was all arranged for by my management team (Michael Entertainment Group) and publicist (High Road Publicity). It was a mad rush the day before I tell you, but it was all well worth it! I was awake for like 24 hours straight out of the 48 that it took to prepare it and then the release.
– What equipment do you use to get your guitar tone?
I endorse a number of great companies like Knaggs Guitars, Seymour Duncan Pickups, D’Addario Strings, Eminence Speakers and Hammond/Leslie Products. Then there are quite a few other things I use from time to time like the Drybell Vibe machine, Free The Tone and Catlinbread pedals. I’m not exclusive with an amplifier company at the moment, but hopefully soon.
– Do you have any tours coming up in the near future?
Not at the moment. I still have more writing, recording and arranging to do. We want to finish up the new CD and a follow up video. I’ve asked a few of my close friends to make some guest appearances on that body of work and leaving it all behind now would be like surrounding a job site with caution tape. I am still working regionally, locally and have a few fly dates.
– What would be some of your main musical influences today?
I’m glad you asked today, because some are different than my earlier influences. Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Chris Cornell, Chris Robinson and David Foster.
– In your opinion, which album would be essential to have if someone were stranded on a deserted island?
Toto IV. You will have a soundtrack for almost every emotion under those circumstances.
– Which notable bands have you played with throughout the years?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been on stage with a few of the greats like Stevie Wonder, Steve Vai, Vernon Reid and Joe Bonamassa. Those were some of my prouder moments. I’ve also opened up for some great acts like Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers.
– Any words of wisdom to share with aspiring artists?
If you know in your heart that you are destined to be great and can only see yourself on stage for the rest of your life, then make no compromises. I’ve heard NO more times in this industry than I’ve heard YES and none of us have “arrived”. Remember, we are one stupid tweet away from dividing our audience in half or worse so choose your words wisely, learn how to take a compliment, respect opposition and know the value of your work.
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