Q&A Scene: Mikelangelo

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

I’m touring CAVE-WAITS-COHEN, a solo show in which I sing a great collection of songs by these heavyweights. Nick, Tom and Leonard helped me find own songwriting voice in my late teens. It’s a pleasure to return to their songs and sing them in my own way – once you hear the Ship Song as a sea shanty played on accordion, you won’t look back…

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

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Dark chocolate and red wine – organic of course, most likely a Merlot, though veering towards Pinot Noir at times

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

While I love playing my original tunes with the various bands I work with, I’ve also learnt alot touring this show. My acapella gospel version of Waits’ Hang On St. Christopher goes down a treat, with me stomping and the audience clapping along. I was apprehensive to take on Hallelujah, as its been so covered. But then I relaxed and found my own truth in the song and its a treat for the audience and for me. As well as the poetry of the song, there’s some very funny and sexy lines in there.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Beware buying quality NZ wines on tour and flying with them lest you end up with a suitcase full of wine soaked clothes and broken glass.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

[pullquote]At the moment, I get a great deal of inspiration walking through the hills around my new home in the Monaro high country, near the Snowy Mountains.[/pullquote] Well in the case of this show, its pretty obvious, but it doesn’t stop there…when it comes to rock’n’roll I go for The Stooges, The Ramones, Elvis and Johnny Cash. Plus my friends, there are so many super talented Australian artists that populate my top ten, from King Curly to Konrad Lenz, to Jane Hendry and Kelly Day from Broads and many many more. I also get alot of ideas from film and from visual arts, I just saw the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, she’s such an amazing creative force, still so vibrant today, over 60 years after her death. At the moment, I get a great deal of inspiration walking through the hills around my new home in the Monaro high country, near the Snowy Mountains.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I’m going to say Cohen’s Tower of Song, such a great way to reflect on his own place the great continuum of art throughout the ages, recasting the tower of babel, as something more compelling and ultimately more creative, rather than destructive. And Leonard kicks the truth in the teeth as only he only can: “I tell you one thing, of this you can be sure, the rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor, and there’s a mighty judgement comin’, but I may be wrong”

What’s next for you?

I’ve just started a new band called the Spectres Of Love, very excited to be working on some rock songs again. I love performing in acoustic mode in CAVE-WAITS-COHEN and with my other band The Black Sea Gentlemen, but there’s nothing like plugging in the electric guitar and feeling the mysterious  power of the drums and electric bass kick in. I just recorded some demos with the Spectres Of Love, so look out for some live shows before end of the year.

What’s your scene?

These days I’m a country boy. I love walking the fields and hills and breathing in the clean air, makes me feel alive!

About Mikelangelo

On the back of a hugely successful national tour, Melbourne’s favourite Croatian-Australian crooner Mikelangelo comes to the Satellite Lounge on Sat 22nd October and The Flying Saucer Club on Sun 23rd October with CAVE-WAITS-COHEN, his triumphant one-man show that takes on three of the great poets of popular music – Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.

Only a powerhouse like Mikelangelo could pull off this iconic trifecta. Nick, Tom and Leonard stole his heart and soul as a young man, and now he delivers a stirring homage to these men who set him on his own musical path.

A highly entertaining and engaging personality on stage and off, Mikelangelo brings together a brilliant collection of songs, stripping them back to reveal the genius of the words and melodies, and delivering them in his own inimitable style.

Mikelangelo is renowned for putting his all in during his live gigs and it is an experience punters don’t forget in a hurry. Beat Magazine aptly describes him as “Traversing genres and decades, the dapper crooner went from the serious to the sublime with Cave’s hymn-like Into My Arms, Cohen’s Hallelujah and a foot-stamping, acapella version of Tom Waits’ Hang on St Christopher. Mikelangelo is something of a superhero…”. Mikelangelo’s shows are a must see experience.

Having toured the world to great acclaim from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End, Mikelangelo is one of Australia’s rising stars. He has appeared on our TV screens on

ABCTV’s RocKwiz and The Project (Channel 10)and has featured on ABC Radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler and Philip Adams Late Night Live on the Radio National airwaves.

In 2014 he released his live album of Cave, Waits and Co-hen songs entitled, Some Velvet Evening, which is available at the shows as well as his website www.mikelangelo.net.au

Don’t miss Mikelangelo entertain the crowd with his mesmerizing charm, swagger, and talent as he hits the stage to deliver his very spe-
cial show Mikelangelo Sings Cave-Waits-Cohen at Satellite Lounge in Wheelers Hill for an evening performance at 8.40pm. Tickets are $22 + booking fee via the venue website, or $25 on the door if avail-
able. He also performs on Sunday 23rd October at Flying Saucer Club in Elsternwick for a 3.30pm matinee show. Tickets are $23 + booking free via the venue website or $25 on the door if available.

“A dream scenario, with the velvet-voiced Mikelangelo taking the reins it was like a gig divinely arranged.” THE BRAG

Mikelangelo Sings Cave-Waits-Cohen

Saturday 22nd October
Satellite Lounge
Cnr Ferntree Gully & Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill
Pre-sales : $22 + BF via venue website
or $25 on door if available
Doors: 7pm, show 8.40pm

Sunday 23rd October
Flying Saucer Club
4 St Georges Rd, Elsternwick
Pre-sales : $23 + BF via venue website or $25 on door if available
Doors : 2.30pm, show 3.30pm

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