Michael Aaron thrives in the studio collaborating with his favorite artists and bands - either running sessions, featured as a player himself, or working as a producer.
He's never necessarily considered himself a solo artist, but he looks forward to releasing some of his own material in the near future.
Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
Melodic, wonky and richly textured Americana
Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process
Yes. It depends on what project I'm writing for. Usually I'll start with guitar, and I'll create a track adding drums, bass, and any other instruments I feel will suit the song. Once that's in a solid place and I'm feeling good and inspired by it, I'll write the melody and lyrics on top.
Besides music, what are some other passions or hobbies you enjoy?
I love traveling, tennis and spending time with family and friends.
If you were to cover another band's album, which would you pick and why?
That's so hard! The Beatle's Rubber Soul
What are five songs you guys are listening to right now?
Andy Shauf - The Magician
Madlib - Slim's Return
Margaret Glaspy - You and I
Blake Mills - If I'm Unworthy
Dr. Dog - The Breeze
What has been the best part of 2016 for you? What was the low point?
The best part of 2016 for me musically, was being able to collaborate with and produce some great records with wonderful people and artists. The low point perhaps has been not putting enough time as I would have liked on my own music & recordings.
I personally love the studio. There's nothing like spending days or weeks working with awesome musicians and creating something beautiful together. A recording also lasts forever, which I think is really special.
Before a session starts, I like to have a cup of coffee and come up with a game plan for the day, clear my head and get pumped up.
What is the most-likely compliment from fans after a show?
Hearing that your music touched someone in a special way is always a cool feeling.
I'm working with my girlfriend on a new project featuring original music from us. I'm also eager to put out my own EP in the coming months.
What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
I love that strangers around the world get to hear my music. It's a unique platform to learn what people like about my music and to receive feedback.