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New Video ‘Survivors’ and ‘Runaway’ is out now!

August 31, 2018
New Video ‘Survivors’ and ‘Runaway’ is out now!

Hello everyone ! Hope you’re all having a great day ?! I am beyond excited to say that my new album RUNAWAY is now out and available to everyone everywhere 🙂 please head over to https://Passenger.lnk.to/RunawayWE for all of your streaming / download / cd / vinyl needs 🙂 I really am very proud of […]
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Ghost Town – Official Video

September 21, 2018

Hello everyone , hope you’re all really good !

Here is the seventh video from our “runaway” roadtrip series . This one was shot in Detroit and is called “GHOST TOWN” .

I have only ever played once in Detroit – a few years ago at a beautiful old venue called the filmore and it was definitely one of the stand out shows of the tour .

I have to be honest , before that evening I was quite unaware of what the city had been through . We had a few beers and a chat with some locals after the show and they gave me a brief history lesson ….

The birth place of Motown and once the thriving home to much of the American motor industry (General Motors , ford etc ) the city then fell on hard times as cars became cheaper to make over seas .

Many of the factories and plants closed down leaving thousands of workers unemployed and with few prospects .

Over the years more and more people left Detroit in search of opportunity and as a result houses and in some cases entire neighbourhoods were completely abandoned .

I remember this idea really sticking with me . The thought of a real life ghost town was so sad and bizarre .

A few years later I wrote this song .

We spent two days filming there on our trip and it was quite an overwhelming experience . Driving through silent streets that would have once been bustling neighbourhoods and walking in to abandoned houses still full of peoples discarded possessions and old lives . it was deeply sad and honestly quite a difficult couple of days .

I hope we’ve captured some of the mood and atmosphere with this video .

Massive thanks as always to jarrad seng for nearly freezing his fingers off during the making of this and also to stu larsen and chris vallejo.

Please share it around if you can .

Loads of love and many thanks .

Mike xx

Ps I need to say that this is only the situation in a few areas and Detroit for the most part seems like a really cool town . The last thing I want to do with this song is to paint an unfair picture of the place or offend anyone !!!

 

Survivors – Behind the Scenes

September 14, 2018

Hello and happy Friday everyone 

Seems like forever ago since we posted up the official video for SURVIVORS . Thanks a million for all of the lovely comments and sharing 

The video was a really challenging one to make …. It basically involved us trying to find the busiest and most obnoxious corners of New York and then filming in them . It also included a fairly traumatic 3:30am wake up call in an attempt to capture Times Square looking empty / appocalyptic …. Turns out there are always a few people milling about and quite interesting characters at that haha .

really looking forward to heading back to the states and Canada in a few weeks !! Quite a few of the shows are now sold out or getting close so head over to passengermusic.com/live to grab tickets 

Lots of love .

Mike xx

 

U.K. and Ireland Shows

September 12, 2018

UK and IRELAND – we’ve had an absolute blast over the last two weeks . i want to thank all of you for coming along and for making the shows so special . I am so so lucky to be able to play such lovely venues to such respectful and supportive crowds …. THANK YOU !!!!!!!xxx

On a slightly sadder note , due to unforeseen circumstances Lucy Rose is no longer able to be our opening act for the rest of the tour . Its been absolutely fantastic having her along and hopefully we can play more gigs together in the future ….

The wonderful Chris Simmons and Stephanie Grace will now be supporting in Europe and we will keep you posted on the North American , Aussie and New Zealand dates as soon as we have people locked in .

Sorry for the change of plans and thank you for your understanding .

Loads of love .

Mike x

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Survivors (Acoustic Live from Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park)

September 6, 2018

Hey guys ,

Thought we’d chuck this one at you a day early …. Its the acoustic version of “survivors” filmed amongst the majestic redwoods of Northern California .

This was one of my favourite moments of the road trip . We got up super early ( which is why I look a bit knackered ….) and when we arrived at this sensational location we had the whole place to ourselves .

The sun was rising and shining down through these gigantic and magnificent trees and there was an amazing stillness and calm about the place (apart from the incredibly loud woodpecker that wouldn’t be quiet during recording …. So inconsiderate )

It was a morning that I will never forget and I feel privileged to have been able to play one of my songs in such a magical place .

As always , a huge thank you to Jarrad Seng Photography, Chris Vallejo and Stu Larsen for making this project possible .

Please share it around if you like it .

Thank you .

Mike xx

Sound Check Live from Albert Hall, Manchester

September 4, 2018

Hey guys ,

just wanted to say huge thank you to everyone that has already bought / streamed the new album “RUNAWAY” !! If you haven’t had a chance to yet then head over to Passenger.lnk.to/RunawayFA

in the meantime here are a handful of the new songs streaming live from my sound check at Albert Hall Manchester!

thanks for watching and sharing 😉

Mike xx

To Be Free (Acoustic Live)

August 17, 2018

Hey guys !

Hope you’re all doing really well !

Can’t believe its only two weeks till my new album comes out !!! Starting to feel pretty nervous / excited about it ….

In the meantime , here is the acoustic version of “to be free” ….

We filmed it outside an old farm in Wyoming as the sun was going down … a pretty lovely spot and a perfect setting to sing this song .

As always do feel free to pass it around 😉

Loads of love .

Mike xx

To Be Free (Official Video)

August 10, 2018
Hey guys !

We have a really special song and video for you today – special for me at least …. For a number of reasons ….

The song is called “to be free” and it tells the story of my dad and his family .

Ziggy (my grandad) was German and Molly (my grandmother) was polish . 

They were both jewish and living in Germany when the second world war was about to begin . 

Luckily they managed to escape to a refugee camp in France where they spent the duration of the war . 

Once the war was over they , like so many other jewish refugees , left Europe for America . 

They ended up running a chicken farm in New Jersey in a town called Vineland which is where my dad and his siblings grew up . Needless to say with very little money and so much trauma it was an extremely difficult childhood for them .

My dad left Vineland as a teenager and went on to travel the world before finally ending up in England .

As I was growing up I heard snippets about their ordeal although understandably it wasn’t something that people wanted to talk about in any detail . Over the years I’ve pieced together a rough idea of what they went through and just how appalling and terribly sad the whole thing was .

Its something that I never thought I’d write a song about . Its such a delicate story that subconsciously I feel I’ve always steered clear of telling it . 

However , whilst on holiday towards the end of last year I picked up my guitar and started playing . These lyrics came to me and all of a sudden I realised what song I was writing . 

Im not ashamed to say that I wrote and sang and cried as the song tumbled out of me . I’ve never had an experience like it . It came from such a deep place and it was a bizarre feeling to be pulling it out and putting it in to a song . 

For the video , it felt only write that we go back to New Jersey to film it . 

We chose a little beach town called Avalon . Its a place that I went to many times as I was growing up as my aunt and uncle owned a little beach house there . I hadn’t been there in over ten years and honestly I didn’t have much of an idea of what the video should be – I just felt like it was the right place . 

A few days before filming it we were in New York and hanging out with Emily – a friend of Jarred Seng who happens to be a world class ballet dancer (as you will see) we told her our plans (or lack there of) and she unbelievably kindly offered to choreograph something . I can’t thank her enough . Not only did she give up her time , drive over to Avalon and dance on a freezing cold beach for hours but she managed to portray such beauty and somehow capture the essence of the song perfectly . An unbelievable talent and a kindness that I will never forget . Thank you Emily xxx 

I’d like to dedicate this song and video to anybody who has gone through or is going through a similar situation . For anyone that has been displaced . For anyone living in a new country , learning new customs and language . 

America , like so many other countries , was built on immigration . Never has it been so important to remember and celebrate this fact . 

Thank you for your time and I really hope you enjoy the video . 

Mike x
 

p.s a massive thanks as always to Jarrad Seng . What an incredible job to capture this in one take ….. unbelievable !! 

Heart to Love (Official Video)

July 21, 2018

Happy Saturday everyone !!

I am delighted to be able to share the 4th video from my new album “runaway” with you all !!

Its called “heart to love” and its so good to finally get this bad boy out in to the world …. Its a song that I wrote a few years ago and has been waiting in the wings for a long time . We’ve tried to record it several times but for one reason or another it just hadn’t felt right until now …..

The video was very interesting to make …. we shot it in Las Vegas and only had one evening / one chance to get it right .

Its a really simple performance video other than one major thing … we slowed the track down to half time speed so I basically had to walk along in a very crowded area performing the song to camera in slow mo ….its harder than it sounds ! We got some extremely weird looks but as it was Las Vegas there were thankfully a lot of people doing weird stuff everywhere so I think we blended in nicely 😉

As always , please feel free to share this around . The love and support for this project so far has been humbling . Thank you all so much xxx

Ps I can’t believe the album comes out in 6 weeks !!!!