Working his debut album expected to be out in 2020, Mike Dignam is a singer and musician based in Manchester who recently dropped a new single “Under The Influence”. The release is a big deal statement for Mike‘s career as a great come back after a long hiatus.
About to release more songs and keep his journey performing more live gigs, Mike wrote his first song when he was 13, inspired by bands like City and Colour and musicians like John Mayer. Developing his skills as a songwriter seeking authenticity in his speech, he thinks the music industry standard would be better without the next hype thing.
Debuting as a music producer, Mike‘s soulful approach is merging with a gritty pop sound that comes through the slick, self-production and further portrays the musician flexing a raw vulnerability and stellar vocal. Motivated by his life experiences the British songwriter talks about his song “Under The Influence” creative process after a heart breaker leading his fans to get control of their lives.
Being recognized by his good work Mike says: “Under The Influence” was entirely self-produced so I’m unbelievably proud of it. It’s the first record I’ve ever produced and I’ve since gone on to produce my entire album, which will be out early 2020. Having been away for nearly 3 years now, it feels more important to me than anything I’ve put out so far, and definitely, my best works to date. The song is about the idea of heartbreak having control over you, like alcohol or substance abuse, a drug and asking to be excused for out of character actions because this feeling has completely taken over.”
Now you can find out more about Mike Dignam in the interview below:
When did you figure out the music was your deal?
Early on, I remember my music teacher in high school saying ‘you’re going to do music’ that gave all the persuading I needed to stop listening in maths class.
When did you create your first song?
I think my first song was probably age 13 or 14, it was terrible. Probably about a girl.
Who inspired you to pursue a music career?
There have been many influences along the way but I remember finding John Mayer and City and Colour around age 16. Those two artists definitely made me want to write honest songs.
What challenges did you face as a youth in pursuit of your music dream?
Honestly, growing up it was amazing being in bands, playing gigs with my friends and stuff. We had a really good bunch of people who loved the scene so we used to be able to do proper shows at age 15 / 16! I think it just gets harder as you get older, everyone moves on and you end up missing out on stuff because you’re away on tour or whatever. But still, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Describe your feelings when you’re recording music in the studio?
I go into a bit of a trance, I just follow my instinct… my thoughts are if it makes me feel something then that’s all that matters.
What is the message behind your music?
Honesty comes first. I don’t write a song if I’ve got nothing to say.
What do you fear the most in this business?
That’s a good question. I think this industry is very focused on the ‘next hype’ you can easily be pushed to the side because they’ve already heard your name. They want the next kid who’s come straight from the pop star factory. Being young and up and coming is great and I’ll always support that, but there’s something to be said for experience in life which makes you able to write real songs.
What is next for Mike Dignam?
I’m about to head on tour tomorrow, just a little warm-up run to play the new record to the fans! Then I’ll be dropping a new single on Nov 22nd. All to build towards more music coming out in 2020!
That is it, for now – check “Under The Influence” above, follow Mike on socials and stay tuned for more.