Dust & Bone, the debut album from Anglo-French singer/songwriter, Michael Baker, will be released on October 7th. A regular busker, not only on the streets of London, but all over Europe including the French Alps where Michael’s mother is from, Michael is no stranger to hard graft. Living in a van, he’s been travelling the world playing his music to anyone and everyone who will listen. Meeting hundreds of people over the years, Dust & Bone features collaborations with the highly talented friends he’s met, making it something extremely special and personal.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years?
Grew up in the country side in Sussex as a child, the last two and a half years i have been here there and everywhere living in my van and making my debut album.
How would you describe your music?
I find it impossible to describe, it’s the hardest question I get asked. I’d love your readers to let me know what they think.
Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
So So Many... Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Bon Iver & Nathaniel Rateliff to name a few.
What are you currently promoting?
My Debut Album Dust & Bone which is coming out on October 7th
Have you got a particular song you've done that you're particularly proud of, one that might define you?
I think ‘Dust &Bone’ the title track of the album i'm particularly proud of from a songwriting perspective. It was a big turning point for me as an Artist. But on the record i think 'Revolving Doors' will always be the one i am closest to.
What are you currently listening to?
James Blake - The colour in Anything. Fantastic Album!
And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn't do without?
I think there are a few that are all up there & switch places to top depending on where you are... at the moment; Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
What are your hopes for your future career?
Just to keep writing, performing, meeting new people, seeing new places & to keep enjoying it.
If money were no object what would be your dream project?
I want to go down to the French Alps with the musical family of friends i have made to create & document my next record in the chalet that my grandad built. Its a really special place & to make a record there has been something i have wanted to do for years and years.
What's the best thing about being a musician?
The gigs when everything just clicks. I'd say i feel more at home in those moments than any other times
And the worst?
Service stations in England at 2am.
Finally, have you anything you'd like to say to the readers of Americana UK?
Thanks for reading & hope you like the record!
- Artist Website http://www.michaelbakerofficial.com/