Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hard 2 Explain”?

It was a song that I had basically forgotten about. We were playing it at our shows as an “unreleased song” around 2010, but the strains within that lineup eventually caused a fracture. When I rebuilt again for the next set of shows it just didn’t end up in the rotation. So, I can’t wait to play it live again now that it has been reimagined and released!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes, I was stuck in this vicious cycle of bad relationships. It just seemed that I was attracting the same scenarios over and over. Eventually the last one got the better of me and I had to write about it. If I had to put it into different words, I guess you could say it’s about that lingering “other person” in someone’s life that remains a mystery until you eventually have to confront them about it.

How was the film experience?

I did the video and the recording by myself for the most part, they are both a learning process. My wife has a film/video editing degree and she helped with some of the motion shots. Then when it came to the editing, she was equally as helpful in the tough-love department.

How was the recording and writing process?

I really remember enjoying the recording/production process this time around. I’ve just recently built a home studio and I’m loving the “no limits” feeling that it gives me. For instance, when I wanted to run my backup vocals through a Leslie speaker cabinet there was no limitations and it was like that for a number of other things.

What role does NYC plays in your music?

You know what? I haven’t played there much over the last few years. There was a time but, NY is a big state and I live further away than one might think. I find that people in thesmaller cities and towns of Central NY are just as happy to have live music traveling to them. Both Ney York and Pennsylvania have been essential in the development of my live show over the years of living and working from here.

I know you have been recognized by your work on the R&B genre – do you try to blend this with rock music or you treat each genre individually?

I’ve tried to lock myself into a genre a bunch of times,I have called it GUITAR&B for a few years now. Some folks say it’s not entirely accurate, but for me it worked better than rattling off a bunch of similar artists. I’m not entirely genre specific and I don’t think that music or art should be, but call yourself an artist these days and watch people roll their eyes. LOL! But it’s kind of true, I feel that there’s more to music than fast songs and ballads. And where are all the ballads these days for that matter?

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, I have a significant amount of material started and finished to choose from.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m comfortable with an early September/October release. There’s something about the autumn season in NY that really brings it all together for me.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment but soon. I still have more writing, recording and arranging to do. We want to finish up the new CD and a follow up video. I’ve asked a few of my close friends to make some guest appearances on that body of work and leaving it all behind now would be like surrounding a job site with caution tape. I am still working regionally, locally and have a few fly dates.

What else is happening next in Mick Hayes’ world?

There’s quite a bit going on behind the scenes that are currently being negotiated in one way of another. Some things are better left to mystery in the event that we can’t make them work so keep an eye on me. There could be some fabulous special guests on the new music. FABULOUS!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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