Corners of Sanctuary – Interview
Interview with Mick Michaels of Corners of Sanctuary and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Mick Michaels: I’m a simple artist. But that I mean I work with the tools I have and make the most of it. I don’t look to over complicate things…I look for the simple sophistication in what i am doing. This allows me to stay true to myself and what I am creating. That truth comes through in the songs I write. My focus is the music…that’s what matters most.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Mick Michaels: Music was all around me growing up. My grandfather and older brother both played instruments. There was a variety of music available to me…music from the 50s and 60s, the Beatles, Motown, Rock ‘n Roll, Pop music and Metal. It was diverse and so a real appreciation of music was forged. I started playing drums around seven years old. I realized early on I wanted to write songs and found it somewhat difficult to do that playing drums. My older brother played guitar, so I gravitated towards guitar and found that it enabled me to bridge the gap of what was in my head and what I wanted to write.
I have been in a number of bands over the years most notably Seeker, Corporate Mass and Corners of Sanctuary. Recently, I had the honor of writing and producing a song for the COVID group Hear ‘n Now that featured Steve Grimmett of Grim Reaper on vocals and Patrick Kennison of Lita Ford among others.
I have been very fortunate to be able to make music and share it with others. It’s an artist’s dream.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Mick Michaels: My family has always been a major influence…their love and support has been invaluable.
Musical influences have been Judas Priest, Kiss, Accept, Savatage…K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton, Jake E. Lee, George Lynch, Criss Oliva, Ace Frehley, John Sykes… the list goes on and on.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Mick Michaels: As a musician it would be to continue to have a forum to write, record and share my music with others.
As a person, it would be to be at peace with everyone and everything around me…no more conflict would be a Godsend.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Mick Michaels: I’ m the primary songwriter for Corners of Sanctuary. However, in the past two years, we have collaborated more as a band on some songs lyrically. At the end of the line, a song always has each individual member’s stamp on it…otherwise it would not be Corners of Sanctuary.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Mick Michaels: We do what everyone else does…we post on social media, keep things updated and current. We have an official website at www.cornersofsanctuary.com. We produce videos to accompany songs, we do interviews and we perform live among other things.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Mick Michaels: I am not a music downloader…I do appreciate the medium, however. It’s part of the modern world, so as an artist, it needs to be embraced otherwise you miss a large part of the market. Knowing that it is part of the musical landscape of today’s industry, we must make it accessible to the fans. It really is the easiest and fastest way for a band or artist to get their product out there…cost wise you can’t beat it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Mick Michaels: I love “Beyond the Realms of Death” by Judas Priest. It’s one of my all time favorite tunes. The lead alone is killer. The song embodies everything that’s great about Heavy Metal in my opinion.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Mick Michaels: I’m really easy going…but what bothers me most is when people say they are going to do something and don’t or do it in a way that has less than stellar results. It really is a test of character. Commitment to what we say and what we do, especially as artists, is often underrated and looked at as something that does really not matter. However, in my opinion, it is the contrary.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Mick Michaels: As a member of Corners of Sanctuary, one of the proudest moments for us was when we were called directly to open for UDO. It was an amazing feeling and an even more amazing time.
As an individual songwriter, writing and producing the song “No Road to Ruin” for the COVID group Hear ‘n Now was a really cool moment. The song featured a number of artists including Steve Grimmett of Grim Reaper, Chris Natalini of Blood Feast and Patrick Kennison of Lita Ford as well members from Corners of Sanctuary among others. The opportunity to work with other musicians and have your music embraced by them is an ultimate compliment for any artist.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Mick Michaels: We recently completed our next album, “Heroes Never Die,” and it will be releasing on October 30th and available on our new label, RFL Records. We signed with them in July.
We just released the album’s first single and lyric video, “We Never.”
A few more singles and a couple more videos from the album will also release before the album drops in October. The album is now available for pre order. Album Pre-Order: https://www.rflrecords.com/product-page/corners-of-sanctuary-heroes-never-die-cd
So we are real excited. In addition, we are working on a follow up EP that we look to release digitally sometime early next year.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Mick Michaels: Well at the moment, there are no shows to be had…but we are working towards putting some dates together for 2021 which should include a tour of the UK. We were in the UK when the pandemic hit in the US. Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel the rest of the tour and fly home. So we plan to get back out there and finish what we started.
If you want to hear what the modern sound of classic Heavy Metal sounds like…then come out to a show…and be sure to say hello!
Thanks so much for talking. Be safe and COSnROLL\m/\m/
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