La prodigiosa voz de Mike Farris repasa el cancionero americano y su propio legado a golpe de soul, gospel y rock, y hemos hablado con él.
Mike, en su primera gira por España con la Roseland Rhythm Revue al completo desde 2010, con siete músicos en escena, vendrá a presentar su disco "Shine for all the people" (2015) y ganó un Grammy como Mejor Álbum de Raíces Gospel.
Éste marca el final de una era, ya que Mike se encuentra en proceso de composición de nuevo material que, como demostrará en estos conciertos, le devuelven a sonidos más cercanos al rock.
Shine for all the people (2015)
Presentará un show eléctrico bautizado como "An evening with Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Revue", donde interpretará junto a su banda dos sets diferentes de 70 minutos cada uno, con descanso de 20 minutos entre ellos, como los grandes espectáculos teatrales americanos, haciendo un repaso a su carrera incluyendo música de sus 3 discos en solitario, con temas en acústico, canciones de sus anteriores bandas, incluyendo el recuerdo a los inmortales Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, y algunas versiones pontentisimas de clásicos del Rhythm and Blues, donde Mike se meterá en los zapatos de titanes como Sam Cooke, Otis Redding o Joe Cocker, recorriendo el legado del soul, la música afroamericana y el rhythm & blues, de la Motown a Memphis pasando por Muscle Shoals.
Nada que su prodigiosa garganta no pueda llevar a un nivel de emoción infinito. Promete ser una velada histórica, inolvidable e irrepetible.
LA GIRA ESPAÑOLA
05/06. Sala Acapulco. Gijón
07/06. 16 Toneladas. Valencia
08/06. Teatro Villa de Molina. Molina de Segura (Murcia)
09/06. Sala Bikini, Barcelona
10/06. Teatro Barceló. Madrid
11/06. Kafe Antzokia. Bilbao.
The Mike Farris's songs sound like an elegant R&B, sophisticated Soul and Gospel, and also we can found a bit of Blues and Folk. A mix of styles that results on the personal sound of your music. But, what are really your musical influences?
Many different things grab my attention. I’m fascinated by ALL music, or should I say, all GOOD music :) Lately I have been listening to everything from african music, cubano, William Bell, and AC/DC so it’s all over the place.
Last year marked 25 years since you begin in 1990. What is the difference between the music of Mike Farris today and your music 25 years ago?
I kind of know what I am doing now. I had no idea how to properly sing then. When we started, I had just discovered that I had musical potential, so I was very unskilled, but I had other things to compensate- a strong will, determination and the belief that anything is possible, not just for me, but for all of us.
Wow! Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for “Shine For All the People”. Happy for that? What's your inspiration when making your songs?
I simply want to bring people joy.
Are you completed your expectations with Shine For All The People? When a new album?
We are currently working on the new album now and in the process of raising money to fund the album. Anyone can go to pledgemusic.com and contribute!
What do we will see and enjoy in your live concerts?
My goal when we play live is to have everyone leave the show feeling better about themselves and life than when they first arrived. That’s it.
This is not your first time in Spain. What do you think about the Spanish crowd? What do expect from them?
The best music fans in the world, so I expect them to do what spaniards do- ROCK!
What are your plans for this current year 2016 and next 2017? We assume that you will touring around clubs and festivals. Can you advance anything to us? Any important event? When new songs?
Yes, more playing live and soon we will be back in Nashville recording the new album.
Do you think the digital world will end with music as we know it today? What do you think is the future of music?
I fear for music in a lot of ways,because I hear my son, who is in music, and the young kids coming up expressing how bad they feel it is and even to the point to where college music professors telling kids that they can not make a living in music anymore. On the other hand, I know that the good music will always rise to the top and it will always find its place. And of course, as with anything, when we are good servants to people, we are always cared for.
What is your best memory about music?
The GRAMMY was a big one!
How is a normal day in the life of Mike Farris?
Very uneventful. Just like anyone else’s day- Wake up, trousers on, walk out the door, check to make sure my fly is zipped, get in car, drive, get out of car, check zipper again, go to car, drive back home, look for my wallet, get back in car, more driving, repeat….
What do you think about the current economic and social situation in Spain, Europe and in the World in general?
REVOLUTION. I am a political atheist. All politicians have tricked the people into thinking that their respective party is the best, but they are all corrupt. Even the people who understand this still insist that their party is best, while despising anyone who stands with the other party. Ignorance. We are all being led over the cliff…
Soul of América (2014)
Could you tell us about...
... A book?:
Falling Upward- Richard Rohr
... A movie?:
... A song?:
Shake, Rattle and Roll- Big Joe Turner
... An album?:
... A group or soloist?:
Malcolm Young- rhythm guitar-AC/DC
... A hobby?:
Golf- lots of golf