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Art & Life with Gene Micofsky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gene Micofsky.

Gene, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
From the beginning, I have always managed a dual personality between writer and performer. Although I’ve since become a competent performer on a multitude of instruments, the guitar was my first love, and still remains top billing. All through high school, I would create my own layered arrangements on a four-track tape machine, performing all the parts myself. I would later naively discover in college when I switched my major from art to music, that all along what I was doing composing and arranging. I had no idea composing was a real profession, but I was quickly enthralled by the process of writing for live players, as well as composing scores for animation.

This continued into my professional adult life and ever since have worked as a composer for film and tv, as well as a stage performer for a number of acts based out of the east coast. Eventually, I moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to raise the bar and seek greater opportunities, as many musicians do. The change leads to some really amazing experiences as well as the genesis of a solo artist career. I am currently putting the final touches on my solo debut LP entitled “Amusia,” release details coming soon!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I tend to write in a very personal style. Quite often the narrative is rooted in something I actually thought, felt or experienced. I am most engaged when a singer-songwriter takes the audience to that personal level to some degree.

Strong melodic hooks are essential to me as well. It’s what grabs people, pulls them closer, and gives them the opportunity to truly listen to the lyrics. Even when I write a song that isn’t autobiographical, I attempt to inject something authentic either from own my life or a person I know. Kind of how of a screenwriter or novelist operates. Many of the topics on the record are pretty global: death and mortality, acceptance of one’s self and their past.

The constant need for improving both as an individual and on a global scale, etc. The beauty of music is it is always subjective. Even when a song is written about something very specific, it can take on different meanings for different people. I’m always in hearing how someone interprets a song of mine without any prior knowledge. I can only hope someone comes away from listening to the music or seeing a show feeling both entertained and inspired.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
The best advice I can give newer artists is to keep creating, keep practicing and refining. Just keep doing whatever it is that’s important to you, and never let the roadblocks in life prevent you from growing. It takes a long time to hone the craft and be a competent musician, but it takes a serious commitment and many years to discover yourself, and finding the aspects that really speak to who you are. This is the place of your career when you elevate from a competent imitator to an original voice. It took me a long time to get that far!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
A great place to start would be my website. There’s audio, video, as well as a mailing list to keep up with the latest news!

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Main photo: Lucy Dyer
Jason Cohn and Angel Origgi

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