“I was raised in a musical household with musical parents, said Indie musician Mick Hayes. “I was constantly encouraged musically. [I was] raised on Classic Rock, Blues and whatever I could get my hands on. I play all the rhythm instruments, bass, drums, piano, also which gives me a strong sense of what I want from my musicians.”
Hayes, based in Buffalo, NY has several well-known musicians that he admires. “Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and Jimmie Vaughan from The Fabulous Thunderbirds are probably my two biggest influences. When it comes to singing I really love Soul and R&B singers like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Prince. I have always admired these artists because they were true to where they were from. Whether it be Texas, Minnesota, or Macon, GA, they were home grown in their music. I’m trying to convey that in my new writing. I listen to Hammond B3 organ a lot so those players are in my live sounds and approach.”
“My lyrics are all about my life and my past. Once and a while I’ll write spiritually but that’s when the spirit leads me to. I think someone can read my song titles and know where the song is coming from. The hard part is with the diversity in my listening tastes, [it] influences the music I write too much.”
The award winning Rock/Blues/Soul musician has a few endorsements he is proud of. “I play Knaggs guitars for electric work live. Joe Knaggs and Peter Wolf are great friends and everyone should go to their site and check it out. I also play Heliarc guitars for slide guitar stuff. They are awesome sounding steel and wood construction with a tone that is indescribable. I exclusively play Fuchs amplifiers, I use the ODS model which is their flagship amp. They have awesome customer/artist care. My Rep is a very dear friend today. I play the instruments and gear that speak for me, much like worn out jeans and tattered boots they feel comfortable when I use them and it makes me play with confidence.”
As far as his fans, Hayes said, “I want people to really walk away with an impression that music still holds the key to our lives. We can still self soothe and escape if you will. I spent too many years trying to convey that to stop now. Also that we are constantly going to grow throughout our relationship with them as my listener.”
Hayes weighs in on whether Indie bands/musicians are in competition with each other or should be supportive of each other, “I think you will see that most musicians will say that it’s both. I’ve had great friends in the business that have helped and I’ve met some ‘step on you to get above you’ types. Truth has always been [that] the kindest players are the ones who have been where you want to be and they are the players you strive to be.”
The Indie musician is planning some extensive touring coming up. “We are traveling a little bit this year. I just recently got married and I’m really enjoying my new life with my wife. I will be doing some North-East regional traveling and a few trips back to the coast that are still in contract negotiation but who knows what God has in store for us. I’m always ready and excited!”
Indie music fans can hear songs and purchase Mick Hayes’ solo CD, Recovery, on the band’s official site, where they can also buy copies of the band’s other CDs. Aside from their official site, the band has a Facebook page and Twitter feed for fans to follow.