Mike Freund started his music career with a string of bad luck. His first gig landed him up in the hospital after being in a car accident. After this, Mike's equipment was stolen at the recording studio. Despite theses unfortunate events and bad luck, Mike Freund was able to pick himself up and reach new heights. He has been nominated for numerous local awards in Charleston and was able to release a full -length solo album which was a hit in the music industry. The blues rocker was able to find his niche with hard work which has now resulted in him performing with "Munger N. Florence" and "Pimp Hat". His latest work includes his second full length album which was released in 2018 titled, “...And now you know”.
In Mike Freund's latest single "Wait" we are introduced with a kicking beat along with added riffs. A unique take on blues rock. Throughout "Wait", a lot of percussion is heard, which is a major focus in the song alongside Mike Freund's vocals. Mike has a unique twang to his voice, with the build up to the guitar solo gets the listener on their reels. A cool blend of upbeat rock that shows a new side of blues. The syncopated rests with added squeal of the amplifier shows a cool unique effect that will make you remember his unique voice and music. This is a brilliant taste of who Mike is as a musician and artist, listen to "Wait" here.
We had a chance to talk with Mike Freund about his new single "Wait" and the emotional meaning and story about the song.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My first name is actually William, but I go by Michael, Mike or to those who know me best, it's still Mikey. My last name is pronounced "Friend". It's a German name. Funny thing about it is, I'm not actually German. What I am is, a husband, a father, a songwriter, a musician, a narcissist, a fighter, and a hopeless dreamer. I've been married for a long time, and my daughter is in her teens. I'm grateful to have this immediate family that I do because it grounds me and reminds me to focus on only what matters. This is important to a person like me who lives a rock and roll lifestyle because it's very easy to get caught up in the late night debauchery and fast pace of it all. I have written songs all of my life and have played guitar seriously since I was 12. Writing songs and recording albums tends to feed my narcissism, but I try real hard to us it in a therapeutic way. There is no "Kanyna" in my ego. I like to meet things head on. If I want it, I fight / work for it. I still hold tight to the dreams I had as a kid. I still hopelessly believe that I'll have dinner with Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
As a Jersey kid, it was mostly cover band gig stuff, with the acational under age bar gig. When I was 20, on my way to one of these gigs, I had a car wreck. I never made it to the gig. I made it to the ER, and left with stitches in my head. Later that same year, my equipment was stolen. I borrowed money from my wife, (she was my girlfriend then) and bought new equipment. I landed a stint in a local recording studio as their guitar player for hire. I traded my service for free recording time. Nothing I recorded there ever saw the light of day but it was a good learning experience. I jumped around with a few bands, but it wasn't until I moved to Charleston, SC that my original music took life. My first album " Toe The Line" made its way to the local radio station, which in turn led to a opening slot for KALEO. The album was received well, so I made another record. Currently, I'm promoting the new album "And Now You Know"
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yes, I write my own music. I write,I edit, I re-write. When writing, at first, I welcome solitude. That and a pot of coffee. Afterwards, when I feel comfortable with the song, I'll test it out at an open mic around town. I'll record a demo of it and present it to the band.
Can you tell us a bit about your new song "Wait"?
A couple of years ago I buried someone close to me, and during one of the many stages of grief we all go through, at times like those, I wrote this song. I was angry I couldn't stop death. WAIT.... on the surface, to the novel listener, sounds like a love song... and I suppose, in a way it is, but it's actually about dying. The song has been reviewed a couple times and fans seem to like it but they all seem to think it's about me saying to a lover ,,,Wait, let me get this right.....When in actuality I'm saying,..... Wait, don't leave me... Wait, don't die yet. At the end of the 2nd verse, the lyrics are: ......" holding onto something you know is easier than letting go!" .....This was meant figuratively and metaphorically.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Did you face any challenges in the creation process of the song? How did you overcome these?
This song was emotionally challenging. Writing it was fairly easy, but I held onto it for a long while before presenting it to the band. I was and still am emotionally attached to it. Recording it was a bit difficult. I wanted the tempo and drum beats to match the anger and grief I felt when I wrote it. But I didn't want to come off aggressive. It was tough to capture. I am happy with how brisk it came out.
What’s next for you?
I'd like to record another video, but money is tight. If time, money and all the planets line up just right, I'll have a video out for this song soon. Until then, I will continue to write, record and perform. I've already began recording demos for my 3rd album. I've got applications in for spring festivals. I'll be performing at the Coastal Carolina fair on Nov. 2nd, and in between all this, I'll be walking my dogs!
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