Mike Mains has released the new music video for his latest single “My Way” and we are pleased to team up for the exclusive premiere!
As the face of indie alt rock outfit Mike Mains & The Branches, Mains and crew made a name for themselves as established touring musicians, playing alongside Relient K, Hellogoodbye, and William Beckett— a reputation that earned the group 44k monthly Spotify listeners and over 3 million streams on the platform alone. Now, the former frontman aims to transform his namesake into a more streamlined affair.
“I started The Branches when I was twenty and we were all living in our parents’ basements. People get older and find wives, get jobs, and have two and a half kids. That wasn’t for me,” Mains confesses. “So I continued writing and realized that it’s always really been a solo thing. Now, I just want to embrace it. Convincing four people to struggle as much as I have for nearly ten years didn’t work out, but I’m a fan of what Buddhist’s call ‘Beginners Mind.’ I want to do things that scare the hell out of me. Going solo felt like skating on thin ice, and living on the edge is what keeps me awake.”
“My Way” is available now via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and Google Play.
Mike Mains is on tour this fall with special guest Brett Newski. For tickets and more information, click here.
In addition, Mike sit down with us to talk about the new single and more!
Hi welcome to vents how have you been?
Mike: I have been a little under the gun wrapping up my new LP, but I’m excited to share my new record with the world next year!
Can you talk to us more about the latest single “My Way” –
Mike: “My Way” is like a dream to me now. The song was written with a couple good friends (YATCH MONEY) and it came together so fast it’s laughable. It’s a bright and happy song, which is counter to my normal daily nature, but if felt so good to sing something that positive. I needed that.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write the song?
Mike: Red wine at 11:00am on a Tuesday morning.
How was the recording & writing process?
Mike: The recording process was simple. Soli (Solomon Olds of YATCH MONEY) had a beat when I arrived and we started throwing some chords together. Once the track felt solid enough, I scratched down the lyrics and we all fine tuned them together. Then, I just sang the vocals. We wrote the song in 45 minutes, and then we grabbed some BBQ for lunch. We came back and finished the song in an hour. It was a perfect day.
Does your directing background influence the way you write music and the other way around?
Mike: Honestly, that’s a great question and not something I’ve spent a lot of time pondering. On the Eneagram, I a 4, which is a “romantic.” Another way to put it is I’m always stuck inside my head. Some people hike mountains, but I’ve always been more inclined to dive inside myself and search for answers. I’m driven by this constant need to get better and I’m always feeling like I’m fall short. Ultimately, most of what I write is my attempt to document or make sense of what is happening in my life. Writing a song doesn’t always snap everything back into it’s proper place, but it does open a release valve and give me a little shot of peace.
Any Tentative Release Date or title in Mind?
Mike: Spring 2018. The new album is called “Renegades.”
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