- Andrew Michelin a.k.a. The All Canadian Soundclash
Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. The All Canadian Soundclash loves to harness that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. Ever since a young age, Andrew Michelin has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process. They say that the music you first discover and fall in love with is the music that will stay with you for the rest of your life. That’s true in the case of Singer, Songwriter Andrew Michelin of the indie folk rock project The All Canadian Soundclash. He comes out of the early 90’s alternative grunge era of rock n’ roll and like any forty something from that generation, he can still remember the exact moment he first heard Nirvana’s anthem “Smells like teen spirit” or Pearl Jam’s “Alive”. You can definitely hear these influences in the music and vocal styles of The All Canadian Soundclash, in songs like “Romp” (Single) and “All My Life”. Romp is the single on this E.P. and the title of the song says it all, it definitely is an infectious romp of a track with its bouncy beat and melodic lyric. You will want to listen to it over and over. The All Canadian Soundclash is a musical recording project from Singer, Songwriter Andrew Michelin of Ottawa, Ontario Canada which spotlights the best in original indie folk and alternative rock n’ roll through well crafted song writing and live performance. Michelin tries to take a less is more philosophy when it comes to creating his music which is steeped in melodic traditions that can be traced directly back to The Beatles. This helps make the songs accessible and radio friendly and Andrew Michelin understands both the importance of structure and the desirability of pop hooks and repeatedly he delivers both. Songwriting runs deep in Michelin’s family. His Grandfather Stewart also wrote songs, but not for any notoriety or career path. It was for fun. It was a game. It was competition. Andrew Michelin’s Grandfather was one of the last generations of Trappers in northern Canada that still worked and traded with the Hudson’s Bay Company. While out in the wilderness for weeks at a time in isolation each trapper would write a song and when they all came home they would show off their songs to one another to see who wrote the best one. Andrew’s grandfather did write one of the best songs on one of his trips and that song “The Grand River song” has been recorded and performed by numerous musicians to this day in Canada. In the early 90’s while still in High School, Andrew was the lead singer of the alternative band Bufflehead which were very involved in the Ottawa music scene which eventually spread to their home town of Almonte, Ontario. Bufflehead and other local bands began organizing their own shows and booking bands to play on the bill with them. They brought in and played with bands such as The Gandharva’s, Furnaceface, The Doughboys, Illegal Jazz Poets and Black Triangle to name a few. After a long departure from the music scene because of seeking out other creative outlets throughout the years, Andrew is back with his first professional studio recording produced by Award winning Producer & Musician Dale Murray. Dale Murray comes from Canadian musical royalty as being the nephew of the iconic Canadian Singer Anne Murray and has also proven himself to be one of the most talented and versatile musicians on the Canadian music scene. After releasing his debut album Brighter Lives, Darker Side and spending seven years backing some of Canada’s greatest talents (Hayden, Cuff The Duke, Joel Plaskett, Buck 65, Christina Martin, Matt Mays) in the studio and on the road, Murray released his sophomore studio album Dream Mountain Dream. The album reflects Murray’s turn to developing his own musical talents as an acclaimed Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Audio Engineer and top-tier session musician in every genre. Dale Murray is one of those rare producers who’s developed his own signature ‘sound’ and with The All Canadian Soundclash he defines that sound with grace and soul.
- singing, branding, songwriting, music performance, music
- indie rock, alternative rock, americana, indie folk
- Arnprior, Ontario Canada
Another nice one. Good video, too. 1. Keep feeding your new fans new material as often as you can. You don't need me to say this, but you gotta fight for every inch when it comes to your career. You gotta cut through all the noise and competition. The first step is to communicate with your fans on a regular basis. Turn them into evangelists for everything you do. 2. Do you have a manager? If not, it's probably time. Same thing with an agent. At some point, COVID-19 will go away and you'll need to do gigs. 3. Keep writing and recording. All you need is one hit. But it not only has to excite your fanbase but draw new fans to you.
Another nice one. Hints of Tom Petty and Dire Straits. Your goal is now to rise above the noise and all the competition for attention. Can you marshall any of your fans on social media to become ambassadors for what you do? If you're interested in radio airplay, I'd start with college and community stations before hiring a plugger to push you at the CBC and commercial radio. And make sure you have a story to tell, too. Who are you? What makes you special? Why should anyone devote four minutes of their lives listening to you? Have you pitched any labels yet? This kind of rootsy sound seems to be making a bit of a comeback in Canada. Labels might be interested. Good luck again. And I'll share this on my networks.
I like this a lot. If you send a high-quality MP3 to firstname.lastname@example.org I'll get it a feature on The Edge/Toronto as well as with my Global News music picks. Oh, and if you could include a bio as well, that would be helpful.
Hey TACS - listened twice. Nice work here and I liked the indie meets Dylanish - vocal delivery vibe. Liked the vocal production coming in and evolving the song. Couple thoughts / critiques. "I Keep Coming Back" is the idea here - I often feel that especially if you are repeating something 4x in a chorus - it's important to maybe - have that as the concept - but how can that be said uniquely, in a metaphor, different, ear tilting? Think that that line as a song title - central concept could be beat. Also as this is especially in the rock lane...I'd really encourage you to think about the 2nd melody and riffs for your next songs. This is an overlooked epiphany (in my view) and here's a link to send on the way for more info of what I'm talking about. Hope it's helpful. https://www.benjamingroff.com/blog/2nd-melodies-aka-the-riff
On "Romp" by the All Canadian Soundclash, this self-described musical mosaic ensemble marries country, folk and rock into something edgy and dark, and without a doubt captivating. Socially, the song propels itself forward with a hypnotic repeating acoustic rhythm guitar and back-beat heavy rhythm section. Vocal harmonies abound, adding layers of depth to the lyrical narrative and bringing the song into full three-dimensional glory. Repetition is key to the success of "Romp," and the All Canadian Soundclash play to this strength extremely well.
This is good. I like it a lot. I've got nothing to say about songwriting, performance or production (although I can image a label asking for several different mixes until they find something they like. It's just what they do.) What's the next step for you? Recording? Touring and live performance? Radio? Licensing or sync? There's no silver bullet, but you need to consider the following. 1. A video. YouTube is still the biggest music discovery place on the planet. If the budget allows it, you should consider one, even if it's just a lyric video. 2. If you're happy with what you have, you need to be on all the streaming music services. A company like CD Baby will help you with that. 3. Create a social media strategy. You have to be able to use social media to turn early fans into evangelists. 4. It's a little early to go to commercial radio, you should think about campus radio. They tend to be very helpful. 5. Find some bloggers you really like. Target them. All of them want to say they discover The Next Big Thing. 6. Play live as often as you can. That's the fastest way to get better. Good luck and keep in touch. I'll share this on my social networks for further evaluation.
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