BRIAN MACKEY

I usually don’t feature stuff that is way off for us here at BATTLE HELM but I do make exceptions. Like with BRIAN MACKEY. This is nowhere close to metal yet it is heavy enough emotional to appeal to me. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You are out on a Euro tour now but it is not your usual tour from what I understand. What is this tour all about and why did you agree to do it?
-Brian Mackey – This is a 10 city European tour in several different countries as opposed to being in only Germany and the UK. This tour includes: Stockholm – Sweden, Oslo – Norway, Copenhagen – Denmark, Amsterdam – The Netherlands, Hamburg + Koln + Munich – Germany, Leuven – Belgium, and London + Manchester – U.K. I’m out promoting my latest releases, “Underwater” and “Learn to Be”. It’s been an honor to be included and to play for everyone.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
BM – I would say letting go of baggage and leaving it behind is probably the most integral part of my sound. Letting go of things that hold you back and always seem to come around again is important because the world is heavy enough.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for an artist to develop or can they still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
BM – With the age of social media, the scene is only as far as your phone or any device you are looking at. You can change it instantaneously. Today, you could be out in the middle of the woods and create a scene. That is the beauty of music. I think scenes are overrated. A scene is just a sounding board like any other sounding board. Sometimes you can bounce a sound off the wall and that could be your scene if that make sense. The strongest scene Is the one that lives inside the heart and the one that is communicated from the mouth, and makes it to the ears of the listener. So you could have a scene inside a vacuum. There are fragmented scenes in where I live, many different styles.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you as a musician, that you are part of a movement sort of?
BM – I think when you’re in a position to reach many others you have a certain gravity that might not be present in other areas and occupations. But it’s not to say that the guy working on my car isn’t helping me in my life or helping the greater good. I think everyone has their part to play in getting someone else where they need to go. And if you’re not contributing in some way, then you have to start!

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
BM – If the birds and the bees were highly dysfunctional, and had anxiety disorders, and it showed that on the cover, than I’d say yes  My covers are usually representative of the collection of songs that lie within.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
BM – Digital is getting music out there to more people. There is no doubt about that. Do I like the sound of vinyl? Yes. Do I like having something physically to hold in my hands absolutely. Do I think it’s too late to turn back on digital yes. I think its like comparing having a conversation face to face versus being able to pick up the phone and call them instantaneously. Revenue is definitely affected by digital, but your outreach is larger…

What kind live scene is there for artists like you?
BM – Depends on the artist, the city, there is always a place for somebody somewhere…

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
BM – Depends on the crowd! If people want a party and there’s a lot of energy in the room plug into it. Don’t disconnect…

What would you like to see the future bring?
BM – World peace. More Food. Continue to get more music out there…
Thanks for the interview!

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