June 3, 2016
hey everyone !
hope you’ve all had a good week and have a lovely weekend ahead of you ?!
i don’t tend to write big emotive posts on here but something pretty special has happened and i’d love to share it with you all ….
its not everyday that one of my songs reaches a billion views on youtube …. in fact its never happened before and its extremely unlikely that it will ever happen again .
just a handful of songs have ever made it to this number and honestly its a wonderful and ridiculous feeling to think that one of them is mine .
i remember writing it backstage at a tiny gig in australia in 2011 ….i think …
it only took about 45 minutes to write from start to finish which i think is often a good sign with a song . if it comes out quickly it generally means that it hasn’t been overthought and there is often a natural quality to it .
i remember being proud and thinking there was something special about it but at the time i was a busker and i’d never had any of my songs played on the radio or do well in any commercial sense ….. it wasn’t even something that i thought about as it felt like such an impossibility . how could someone in that position , playing to just a few people in a pub or a street corner with no financial backing and no record label ever dream of such a remarkable outcome for a song …. and so i didn’t think about it because honestly it made me feel sad ….
what happened after that is kind of a blur . through a combination of luck , timing , working with amazing people and it being a catchy song 😉 it managed to somehow wriggle its way on to mainstream radio and from there it went on to top charts around the world . my entire life had changed over night . i suddenly went from playing these tiny pub gigs to humongous festival stages and tv shows …
the song was everywhere . when i’d get in to a cab or at an airport or sometimes i’d hear a busker sing it which always filled my heart with pride . it even turned up at halftime of the flipping Super Bowl on a Budweiser advert …. it truly was the kind of thing that a ten year old would dream about .
the most amazing thing about it by far though were the messages that i started receiving .
messages from people all over the world telling me about what the song meant to them . i’d hear the most incredible stories about how it had helped them through tough times or break-ups or even divorces . people would tell me about it being played at weddings and birthdays and even funerals across the globe . people falling in and out of love with my song as their soundtrack .
as a songwriter and in fact as a human being this is the most incredibly humbling feeling and something that i will never forget .
i hope i’m not rambling , its just that its only at moments like this that i actually realise the insanity of the situation and although i’ve told this story a lot in interviews or on stage , its only now and then that i really get my head around it and understand what has happened and today is one of those times .
none of this would have been remotely possible without you guys so really what i am trying to say is thank you . a genuine and heartfelt thank you . to all of you . wherever you may be in the world and whether it was “let her go” that got you on to my music or not .
thank you for helping this unbelievable fairytale become a reality .
so here it is ….. a song that was written in 45 minutes with a video that cost $3000 dollars to make ….. x
December 23, 2014
hello everyone , hope you’re all good wherever you may be !!
i’m about to disappear off in to a land without internet for a week or two but before i do i just wanted to wish you all a really happy christmas / festive season
this year has been beyond amazing . definitely the best ever . i don’t want to get all dramatic and emotional about it haha but i do want to say a genuine thank you to all of you for your continued support .
i also want to leave you with this – its a little montage video of the last few months touring through europe . I’m blessed to be travelling with some wonderful people through some of the most beautiful parts of the world !!
can’t wait to carry on the adventure through australia , new zealand and south africa in the new year !!
massive thanks to the ridiculously talented Bryan Dos Reis (bdosreis.com) for shooting this and for all of his amazing work documenting this year .
hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share it around if you do .
have an amazing christmas and new year .
so much love and thanks .
November 30, 2014
3 million passengers on face book !!!!
this is getting beyond ridiculous . i remember a few years ago when i had 2000 and most days it would go up by three or four people …. sometimes it would stay the same or even go down by one or two .
when it got to 1 million this time last year i was ecstatic and pretty sure that it had got as big as it could .at the beginning of this year i had honestly prepared myself for a lot of people to start unliking this page as i knew that i wouldn’t have a huge hit single on “whispers” like i did with on the previous record and i thought it would make sense that i would start playing smaller venues again and that the social media numbers would drop .
as i suspected – the radio single didn’t happen – I’m not surprised nor upset by this – i don’t really make the kind of music that fits on mainstream radio . its not produced in that specific way and I’m too much of a grizzled old road dog to be a pop star haha .
what has been a massive and wonderful surprise to me though is that not only has it not dropped off but the numbers on here have tripled and i’m playing bigger and better gigs than ever before .
what i’m really trying to say is that I’m enormously proud of what we have achieved together and will be forever grateful to all of you for letting me do this . it fills me with such encouragement and hope that through the support of passionate music fans alone this thing can keep on growing and growing .
thank you to everyone who has liked , commented and shared my status’s , pictures and videos . to all of you who have come to gigs and busking sessions and to those of you who live in cities and countries i’m yet to visit . i hope i can get everywhere eventually
this time last year i was sure it couldn’t get any bigger . now , in the best possible way , I’m really not sure of anything .
love and thanks to you all . mike xxxxx
September 29, 2014
it is – the final video from our north american tour series .
ridiculously it is another paul simon song – i don’t feel too bad about it though as i think if i had to choose my favourite song writer of all time it would be this guy .
this particular gem conjurs such strong imagery and seems to be the perfect way to end this set of videos and also our time in north america .
i can say with out doubt that this has been the most amazing passenger tour to date . warning …. this shit is about to get gushy so look away now if thats not your thing 🙂
firstly – the shows ,venues and crowds have been absolutely phenomenal . i think all but three gigs were sold out and every single one was fantastic in its own way .
i never dreamed that my music would allow me to get on a tour bus and travel around america for the best part of two months , playing concerts . let alone big ones . id like to say an enormous and genuine thank you to everybody who came to a show . none of this would be possible without you and i will never forget that . i owe you so much !
secondly – i am so so grateful to the team of people around me and my music
(some of whom you will see being total idiots in this video ….)
stu larsen and the once –
its a dream to make music with such talented and lovely people . i hope we can continue to do so for a long time to come !
thomas , simon , russ , james and alex – i couldn’t ask for a more committed , hard working and hilarious team . thank you for caring so much and for working your tails off !!
dan , hannah ,rebekah and everybody at i.e. music – you are unsung hero’s . thank you for putting in so many hours of hard work and planning and for making it all so easy .
bryan dos reis – thank you for your vision and amazing work ethic . i can’t believe that you were able to shoot and edit these video’s to such a high standard in such limited time . beyond that you are a fantastic human . thank you !!!
to paradigm for booking these wonderful gigs and nettwerk records for being one of , if not the best record labels that we’ve ever worked with . and to terry for driving the bus and keeping us safe ….
and finally – thank you all for watching , listening , liking , commenting , sharing and getting behind this idea in such a big way . your support means the world to me .
as always (and this is the last time i will bully you about this ;-)) if you’ve enjoyed this series of videos and want to help us out then please share this as much as you can . some of the other ones are up to 3 or 400,000 views on youtube now which is just insane and all down to you lot .
thats all from me for now 🙂 i’m gonna have a few days off in brighton before it all gets crazy again . for those of you in europe there are still a few tickets left for the october / november shows but they are starting to go pretty quickly …. head over to passengermusic.com
for details and tickets and i look forward to seeing you all very soon .
so much love and thanks .