Quit soccer and picked up guitar at the age of 12. Learned some classical guitar. Then skipped to pop & jazz and eventually skipped music school and learned by myself. I have never actually sang in a band as a lead singer.
My stage has usually been on the street. I'm usually on my own when I perform but some occasional stand in musicians have jammed together with me around Europe in cities like, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Amsterdam etc.
The songs themselves are mostly recorded through the inbuilt laptop microphones. I guess my own money has gone to supporting other bands. Concerts, records, merch, you name it. Anyway, I haven’t bought any good recording equipment and I guess everyone can hear that, sorry.
Every once in awhile, but way back my sister Lotta lent me a hand and let me borrow her equipment. She even sang on a couple of tunes of which "Deamon of Greed" is my absolute fab. Other participants under recording sessions are random people who happened to be at the same music stores as I was when I asked to "try out some instruments".
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Alternative seems to fit pretty well. Although you can find hints of electro, soul, funk, prog, jazz, classical, metal, hip hop, singer songwriter and funk in the mix as well. I have a very open mind when it comes to music too, so I guess it shines through. My biggest influence is probably Frank Zappa
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name is Mikael Green. So, basically I just used my surname and added Mind in the end. When I was attending high school I had another project called Green Branch. That is a wordplay of mixing both Swedish and English. Branch is gren in Swedish. (Swedish is my mother tongue) And in Finland where I live we pronounce my surname "gren". So that too was just taking my surname and adding one word. That time the Branch, so it basically was my surname two times in two variations. Oh, this came out long and boring huh?
I much prefer Green Mind
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My biggest musical influence is Frank Zappa. I guess you can find something that reminds you of him in my music.
Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Ben Harper, Kula Shaker and alot of 1970:ies prog bands like King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Yes, Caravan, Camel and so on. I'm not nearly as talented as anyone in the bands Iv'e mentioned but maybe you can hear some hints of my influence from them somewhere.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm currently re-recording some of my own songs. The songs that has little better sound quality were recorded in various music shops around in Europe, when I was between jobs, on a busking tour. I just asked to try some instruments and plugged them in. Most of it is in one take and the lyrics improvised. I've written down the lyrics afterwards. So now with proper gear at home I do a rework of some of these in my own time. These days I also have a beautiful two year old daughter, Julia, so the recording from home part can have a pretty slow progress.
I asked my fans to listen to my songs and tell me which one deserves a re-recording with proper gear. The response was overwhelming. In one day I saw a spike of 3K plays and I had to turn off the sound off my phone because of all the messages on messenger.
Among some crazy (well, they are my songs after all ) suggestions Free came out on top. On that track I'll get to collaborate with Indigo Fenix, the drummer from Soulsplitter. That's going to be amazing I tell you. There are some other, yet unconfirmed collaborations possible on the song as well, so stay tuned for that. ;)
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to be heard, to get out there and play live in front of big audiences. Of course I also would love to be properly produced, get a manager, and record full albums properly in a real studio. Of course I have perfect versions of my songs in my head all the time. Sometimes with even orchestral arrangements. Yes, I'm pretty ambitious, I guess. I have about +70 songs composed, so what I really would need is just a team around me, some awesome musicians I could work with and then to take on the world basically. Isn't that every artists dream?
Right now I do everything myself. Everything you hear in my music is played by me. So guitars, bass, baritone guitar, drums, xylophone, keys and so on. There are some feautures where mentioned. And if you hear saxophone and cello. Those are played by fellow musicians who happened to be in the same music store I was recording in.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite song to perform live is probably Nine to Five. Because it always gets strong reactions either you hate it or you love it. Let's say people hated it in Stockholm, Sweden and loved it in Amsterdam, Holland.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
To get exposure basically. It's probably the hardest part for any musician these days. To get people to listen to your music. I'm really thankful for you guys to reach out, because of this.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Songwriting? Ok, this might seem a bit unorthodox, but hear me out. Basically it goes like this. I have a strong feeling that something needs to come out. Then I hit the rec button and let it out by basically improvising everything. One instrument at a time. I also have this routine of writing down the lyrics afterwards, not before. But it works for me and it seems to be a pretty effective way of songwriting.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
A great deal I must say. Only last month, (February) I tried to pay for some Facebook ads and saw a spike of maybe 500 likes on my Facebook page. I've got some active fans as well.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Frank Zappa, Soulsplitter, Mr. Fastfinger, Opeth, Miles Davis, Ravi Shankar, Squarepusher, King Crimson, Tool, Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Gentle Giant, Kingston Wall, Uzva, John Coltrane, Steely Dan, Meshuggah, Necrophagist, Muse, Tame Impala, Final Coil, Joni Mitchell, Scott Walker, Fela Kuti, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Emesron Lake & Palmer, Nick Drake, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Riverside, Porcupine Tree, Hiromi Uheda, Guru, Spiral Orchestra, Aphex Twin, Björk, Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Kenta Shimakawa, Frederic Chopin, Gleb Kolyadin, Marvin Gaye, Lauri Porra, Fleet Foxes, Öz Ürügülü, Mopo, Herbie Hancock, Syd Arthur, Armonite, Air, Semiramis, Premiata Forenia Marconi, Cervello, Kamasi Washington, Devin Townsend and Karmic Juggernaut. I could go on, but this is probably already an exhausting read. ;) I hope you and your readers check out some of these bands if they don't know them yet. All good.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Well, I was a kid. So I went to school, like you do. And I played soccer. I played soccer until I was 12. Then my mother bought a cheap Landola guitar for me and there was no turning back.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Just focus on your own material. Don't waste time on trying to please anyone by doing the covers they want to hear and so on. Let yourself out, basically.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would redistribute how the money goes whenever someone streams or buys your music, so the struggling artists would get a fair share. These days playing live has been the main income. Now with this COVID-19 thing going on no-one can perform live so bands are really struggling. This is what I recommend for music fans. If you want that the bands you love survive this pandemic. Go on bandcamp.com and by the albums and merchandise directly from the bands. Sometimes you even get to know some of the musicians by doing this. I know I have.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I guess what I do is pretty original. I mean I do a lot of different music, but I guess that when you hear my music, you can recognize that it's me most of the time. If that isn't original..
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I really want to work with music. I just need a proper chance. I'm 35 mow so I guess it's not too late.