Mike Brown


My first guitar came out of the garage attic space when I was just 12 years old, a battered and bruised Fender Stratocaster that had been gigged all over the UK and Europe in the late 80's. I could play the piano and sing, but I knew nothing of real musical theory, or how to play other instruments. The next 10 years moved quickly, as I jumped between my teachers for many different instruments. I was ravenous for musical knowledge and I devoured any and all music I could. The language of music was exciting, and I wanted to create stories with it. At 20 I started gigging, and by 26 I was performing at festivals and actually making money with my music. I had an audience who wanted to listen, and a band that wanted to make a career out of this. The band was my family and we making music we were proud of. In 2015 I broke my spine, and I was no longer able to play or perform at the same level. This injury gave me motor control issues in my left arm, and my once nimble fingers were now uncoordinated and unruly. I've been re-learning music ever since, but now I have a determination and focus that I have felt since my first guitar came out the attic all those years ago.







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

Is the expressive power that we all have, some of us channel this into playing, others use this for emotive listening. No matter who you are, music is a part of you and it's a language you use everyday.

What is your music dream?

To play to an audience. (just because you've realised you dream, doesn't mean you dont still want it)

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

Music as a key part of ALL education systems. The more that people know and understand music, the richer and more creative our music will become.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Mike and the Mechanics - the living years I found this song after the passing of family member, and it meant a great deal to me.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Lamb of God, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Polyphia, Intervals.

What inspires you to make music?

Emotion. Always Emotion.

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

Relax. The world will keep turning, and you can afford to spend a minute taking a breath.

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

Alive. Performance is just as cathartic for the performer as it is the audience.

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

The conversations may be different, but the underlying language of music is just as relevant today as it was yesterday and as it will be tomorrow.

What do you think of Drooble?

it's a platform.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Musical stagnation and the acceptance of musical monotony in place of real musical expression. The audience has been trained to accept simple music, and there's so much more to music than "four chords".

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

By taking part. Be the performer, be the audience, be the biggest fan, be there.

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

Don't play your music for others, play your music for you! If you like the music you make, then someone out there will like it as well.

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

Bealzug - destroyer of silence Poppin'Kandees David