Music under Embargo
“The strongest opinions are always in the news and social media. They shout the loudest. But we believe that being uncertain of things has something to stand for too.”
During Dutch most famous underground electro parties called Rauw and Dum Dum early 2000, Roger and Mike met when they both performed there as a DJ. It was a raw and energetic scene. After a while they noticed they both had a similar dream; to start a live act inspired by the acts they grew up with when going to festivals.
As Mike and Roger were both producers, it took some releases to find out they needed a singer to develop a signature sound. They found one in Micha, who was on par to become a big voice in the indie world. When the three started making music together, their creativity reached a higher level.
Their debut album combines analog with digital. Retro with the modern. As they explore the roots of their inspiration as music fans and combine that with their music writing and production skills they have developed over the years. This approach is not only found in the music but also in the message of the record. Why do people always have to choose between black and white? You don’t have to choose between extremes. You can be modest in your opinions but still Live Out Loud!
This is what Mike Rogers is sharing with you. Go out there and live in the moment. You don’t always have to choose sides. The music represents this throughout. All styles from opposite sides are mixed to create a perfect balance in the middle or leave the listener with an ambiguous feeling.
Do You Wanna Get High: Mister tambourine man (a dealer) is speaking to you during this track. He is convincing you to trust him, to take his drugs and experience how it will all unfold. It will be an adventure worthwhile.
Live Out Loud: This is the pinnacle song of the album and cuts two ways: The song was written during a period where, we felt, far sides of the political spectrum were very present. We also wanted to seek overlap in standing up for your opinion and being outgoing whilst losing oneself in the moment. We all have to Live Out Loud to make sense of it all. Or else ‘you’ll never know what it’s all about’. And if you know what it’s all about, you have to fight for it.
Mixing: Matt Bishop (Two Door Cinema Club, Editors, Bob Moses, U2, Snow Patrol)
Master: Jerboa Mastering / Frederik de Jongh (Balthazar, Douglas Firs, Millionaire)
3S Music Management