A productive songwriter inspired by the sounds of the 60s, Michael Mazochi’s music demands your attention
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Michael Mazochi’s track ‘Teenage Dream’ is the next song to bring to your attention. He’s already released three records as a solo artist and is about to launch a new band called The Von Furs, with Mazochi playing most of the instruments and producing it, with a full band for live shows.
Hi Michael, your music seems to have classic elements of both British and American folk and rock?
Yes, I would say my musical heroes are The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Kinks. I dig The Beatles for arrangement and song-craft, Dylan for lyrics and storytelling, and The Kinks for their sense of melody. I have always wanted to create a modern update of a mash-up of the three. It’s not exactly a small task, but why not shoot for the moon? At the moment, Deerhunter, The Walkmen, & Kurt Vile are all doing great stuff. Behind the scenes, I’d love to work with Nigel Godrich. I love what he brings to a song and the mix of artistic integrity and accessibility that feels unforced and thought out.
Tell us about the location you've chosen for your Placelist?
I’ve chosen the same location as the title of my 52 Songs Of Happiness - a special place called Bowdoin Park, near the home I grew up in downstate New York. I remember as a child how my brother and I would gather what seemed like the whole neighborhood at the first snowfall to go snow-tubing and sledding down this completely insane hill. We would build jumps to see just how crazy we could get! It was a far reach in the old memory banks for this song, so I decided to do the same with the treatment of the music. It recalls earlier Americana styling that I hadn’t touched in a while.
Family life seems an important factor in your music?
Yes, by far the greatest influence in my life (even beyond anything musical) is my mother Linda, who was (and will continue to be) a saint in my eyes. My most vivid musical memory was hearing her sing gospel songs in a church choir and around the house while she was going about her daily business as a teacher grading papers. She always did what she felt was right regardless of how much pain it caused her, and she taught me that the right decision isn’t always the easiest one. To this day, the love she left me has sustained me as a human, as a man, and as an artist.
What are you planning for the rest of 2013?
I am going to release some new material. At this point, it is looking like a full-length album of indie-rock/60s-inspired pop, along with two folk EPs. The first order of business would be figuring out how to get these songs out in the ever-changing modern music industry. There’s a major freedom to the game right now - it’s nice to see bands doing it for themselves and finding personal successes with that route.
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