Michael Schatte - Turn Back The Vikings

Met het album ' Turn Back The Vikings ' heeft Michael Schatte alweer zijn vijfde album gemaakt. De Canadese zanger, gitarist en songwriter maakt heerlijke muziek.

De muziek van de zanger is een combinatie van rock, blues rockabilly, bluegrass en americana. Op het album horen we Michael Schatte zowel vocaal als op de gitaar overtuigen.

Dat Michael Schatte ook wel eens het best bewaarde geheim van de Canadese muziekindustrie wordt genoemd is goed te begrijpen na beluistering van het album. Vijftien nummers lang horen we Michael Schatte het beste van zichzelf geven. Deze energie en overtuiging maakt ' Turn Back The Vikings' een voortreffelijk album. Mijn favoriete nummers zijn ' Honey Doll ',

titelnummer ' Turn Back The Vikings' en ' All For Me ' .

Michael Schatte verdient het gehoord te worden door een groot publiek.



If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?

Contemporary Roots Rock.

What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Up on Cripple Creek, by The Band (age 8).

When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences? 

I started writing songs almost immediately upon taking up the instrument at age 8, but as you might expect, they were garbage.  Serious songwriting began in my twenties; I was and remain influenced by Lennon/McCartney, Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, Peter Green, Mark Knopfler, and more.

Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

Favourite musicians (and CDs): Richard Thompson (Hand of Kindness), Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac: Mr. Wonderful), The Beatles (Revolver), Dire Straits (Dire Straits), Van Morrison (Irish Heartbeat, Van Morrison and The Chieftains), Colin James (Bad Habits)

Do you get nervous before a performance ?

Yes, but not to the point of discomfort.

How do you promote your shows?

Any way I can: online, in person, shouting from rooftops, etc.

What's your outlook on the record industry today?

Outlook on the record business: dismal; outlook on the music business: cautiously optimistic.

What's your claim to fame?

I have none, but I look forward to the possibility.

What inspires you to do what you do?

Sheer love of music and everything that surrounds it.  Fascination with the artistic process, and the notion that many things worth doing are extremely difficult.

What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player? 

Step by Step, New Kids on the Block.  Also the theme song from Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? by Rockapella.

Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?

One woman, upon hearing a recording of mine, stated that it made her want to "strip and get satisfied."  I'll take it!

How would you describe your perfect day?

Music, coffee, a good book and a brisk walk.

Best song you ever written and why?

If I Find Love and Leave It Be from my Turn Back the Vikings album.  I think it's a fairly fresh take on the subject of love, in a field absolutely saturated with them.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

I often repeat them in an attempt to make them look intentional.  Either that, or I apply various means of quick escape artistry while avoiding the making of angry faces on stage.

Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

There are many, but three immediately come to mind:

Dazzling Blue by Paul Simon. 

Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta (My Match It Is Made) by Van Morrison and The Chieftains.  

Missie How You Let me Down by Richard Thompson.

If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?

Teaching history.

Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?


Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

On tour, in comfortable and profitable fashion!