Michael Kranicke








What is music to you? What does it give you?

Well music is what makes the world go round for me. It has always been a part of my life and hopefully always will be.

What is your music dream?

To be able to be financially and artistically satisfied through music. Those two things are not mutually disagreeable. To be able o make a living with one's passion is rare and to be able to accomplish that would be quite nice.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would start with education and bringing people and different cultures together through education . It is the key to a positive world view

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Well.. I don't think there is just one. I remember listening to the 1812 Overture down on the lake front in Chicago with live cannons and timed fireworks and it was awesome. I remember listening to Muddy Waters on records and my sister making me learn all the Beatles songs when our parents went out. I remember discovering Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones and saying this is what I want to do... this speaks to me.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Miles, Monk and Coltrane for jazz. Prince, James Brown, and Maceo Parker for funk, Muddy Waters for all that is blues and soul. the Rolling Stones for shear power and rock n roll. The Clash for taking the reigns of rock n roll and running with them like no other band when music needed it most. Soundgarden and Chris Cornell for bring back loud guitars. Appreciating Heavy Metal as I got older and wondering why it didn't catch my ear earlier, so many great players there.

What inspires you to make music?

everyday things make me inspired. Maybe its just the way someone catches your eye. certainly always a feeling can bring something to light but the whole world around you is just eating to be seen through notes....

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I think that the message is personal for everyone. If there is something about a song that makes me feel something that might be different for someone else listening to the exact same song.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Performing is the reason you put up with all the other BS about the business. There is nothing like being on stage. It is the one place where I don't think about anything else in my life.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

well i can't speak to other peoples reality, its an odd question. Money could be improved. I have been playing professionally since 1989 and the only hasn't changed since 1969.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Dealing with other musicians who think that there is just the instrument and nothing else. There is a lot that goes into this business. Pay attention and bring whatever skills you have outside of your instrument to the table. Lots of musicians I have come across hate sports but that team mentality and helping your teammates along is the exact type of relationship you should have with the musicians you work with.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I try and hit as many shows as possible, hit open mics I know people are hosting and share in the social media playbook.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

persistence and perseverance , don't let someone out work you. Keep working and working and working this is a marathon not a sprint.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Well I like Gidgets Gaga out of Chicago, Dave Tamkin, Blackberry Smoke. Two guitars bass and drums what more do you need?