Artist: Mike Contoni
New Release: She Always
Genre: Country/Southern Rock
Located in: Jomtien Thailand
How did you get your start in music?
I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs since I was 14. After 35 years working for the U.S. Navy I retired in Dec 2015 and have been solely working on my music since. My stepfather and Mother got me connected with a Nashville producer and I started cutting my songs with studio professionals. After my first single I got the bug and have not looked back.
This song is...
I wrote this Country and Southern Rock style for the Beautiful Woman in my life! She is awesome and She Always supports me and understands me like no one else and I thank my lucky stars! I almost titled the song Lucky Stars. The music that influenced me growing up was Country, Southern Rock and classical rock! Love it all.
The music we are creating is..
I love writing music. I do still play live but smaller venues and a lot less these days as I'm enjoying retirement and living in the country. But I play almost every day and I'm still writing new songs. I'll do that until I die.
My first album comprised of mostly old songs that I wrote in the late 80’s early 90’s. This new album coming out titled ‘Here Comes the Weekend’ is all music that I wrote in the first 6 months of 2016. After I retired in Dec 2015, I moved to Thailand in Jan 2016 and have been enjoying life, retirement and my music. I am learning every day and with every new song. This new album is so much better than my first album. The sound and groove is just down home. I set out to develop a truly unique attitude: My music is all about connecting with listeners through uplifting melodies, and thought-provoking lyricism, not unlike influential performers such as Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Alabama, Bob Segar and Tom Petty, just to mention a few.
I live in Jomtien Thailand.
The weather is tropical all year round and I love it. The music scene here is actually pretty cool because there are a lot of foreigners living here and a number of local bands. I enjoy going out to several venues listening to live Jazz, R&B and Blues and Rock. My favorite hobby and one reason I moved here was to play golf. I love it, but back problems have caused me to play a lot less and concentrate more on music as my favorite past time now.
My favorite musical quote or inspirational quote:
‘Come on Mike, if you don't get it right this time, your gonna give me 50 pushups!’ hahahaha from my new vocal coach and studio producer/ owner of Ocean Wave Studio Werner Theunissen
Social media plays a big roll in music today…
I believe social media has definitely changed the way we hear new music, but even that can be a challenge in trying to figure out the best advertising strategies. So I have actually concentrated more on my writing lately until I get this second album out and then I will work to get it promoted. I thank you for helping me with this.