Mitch Protheroe

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I'm obsessed with writing the best music possible. My music project Omni Optometrist is an ever-expanding library of digital and recorded works. I really want to see the world blossom as quickly as possible, as not all of us can, or would like to wait.

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

Music is a form of communication. It gives me fuel to feed my contentment and especially through my own music. It's an imaginative venture that is very exciting and also kinetic!

What is your music dream?

Knowing how to play many instruments and record a whole discography of songs featuring them. Finding some people who are a lot like me so when we play live we can improvise together and sound like we're meant to be together. Meet many new people and enjoy music with them. Be the best artist I can be for as long as I can be.

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

You can change the world, and I've already started. I've begun heavily using different forms of communication, mostly artistic or ideological in nature. I think the spread of the spirit of art sets things in motion to improve our world. Attitudes are better when there's more diverse communication and rejoicing.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I Miss You, by Blink-182 Only One by Yellowcard Blue by Eiffel 65 The video game music I experienced

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Dirty Three, Tortoise, Allan Holdsworth, Eric Moore, Animals As Leaders, HIM (the post rock band), Cougar, Dredg, Mew, Annuals, Pretend, Clever Girl, From Monument To Masses, Kaddisfly, Old Head, Moonstriker, The Mars Volta, After The Burial, The Sound of Animals Fighting, Do Make Say Think Too many to list, really

What inspires you to make music?

Music that I've either heard or already made, or am simply able to make. For me recently it's been clean guitar melodic prowess, percussive stuff, and creating a diverse atmosphere.

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

Make music, too! So much can be said in an instrumental song, also.

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

Excited.

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

I think people have tunnel vision these days. They don't want to think of music outside the box because it breaks too many rules which they hold sacred. So I think it would help if people would just record music and not spend so much time writing it. Free ball it. And show people what came of it.

What do you think of Drooble?

It's a very promising website that just needs a better system for helping people find music they are more inclined to like.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Expensive equipment, limited practice space, difficulty recording, feeling like what you did wasn't as good as you thought. And finding like-minded people who like the free nature of my approach.

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

Yes, I go to some shows of bands I like, and post about them on social media.

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

Relaxed, focused, confident, accepting of oneself, willing to put some effort into the promotions, kindness, patience

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

Been fiending over Dirty Three. Annuals has a great album "Such Fun". Tortoise is one of my all-time favs. Check out Eric Moore's drum playing. Allan Holdsworth was the sickest guitarist, and has a good discography. Flying Lotus is great. Animals As Leaders are the leaders in prog music today.