Exclusive Interview: Mutlu Michael Rand August 20, 2019 Interviews How would you classify your music? Acoustic Philly Soul Music Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Hall & Oates What do you want fans to take from your music? To hopefully be moved by the melodies and the compositions, and to be able find something meaningful within the lyrics whether that’s personal reflection or a broader perspective. How’s the music scene in your locale (Philly)? It’s a vibrant scene with an incredibly talented and diverse range of artists, songwriters and musicians. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live? Sade at what is now the BB & T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. My favorite part of performing is the incredible connection that can me made with the audience on the best nights. There is an energy exchange that can happen that is incomparable to anything else. Is there a song on your latest Good Trouble release that stands out as your personal favorite, and why? “Lifeline”. I wrote that song from a place of needing to connect to a feeling of some degree of hopefulness in a time where things often feel so bleak both politically and societally. Writing that song was a cathartic experience for me. It’s been incredibly rewarding to get so much feedback from my fans and friends that the song has resonated with them and provided a bit hopefulness. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year? I definitely feel that the songs on this album are some of the most purposeful and vulnerable that I’ve ever worked on. I feel like I made a progression in this past year where I was able to delve deeper in the creative process and channel my personal experiences and perspectives even more directly into the songs than I have at times in the past. I see you have a lot of tour dates in the near future, are there any cities in particular that you’re looking forward to playing the most? I’m excited for all of the shows coming up but, if I had to pick a few standouts, they’d be: opening for Hall & Oates in Little Rock, AR, getting back to Amsterdam as a headliner for the first time, and the hometown Philly show. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be? Stevie Wonder What’s next for you in 2020? To continue promoting “Good Trouble”, playing shows, and writing new songs End of Interview Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.