In this interview spotlight, we chat with singer/songwriter John Michael Hersey about his latest project, influences, challenges and more.
Full Q&A along with links and a stream of Personal Belongings can be found below.
Where are you from and what style of music do you create? (In your own words, not necessarily in marketing terms or by popular genre classifications.)
I grew up in New Jersey but have spent most of my life in the New York City area. My style? What a question! Pop through the filters of rock, folk, blues, etc.
What led you down this path of music and what motivates you to stay the course?
I heard the Beatles when I was a kid and ever since then John Lennon has been my guiding angel.
How is your new release different than previous ones? Did you set out to accomplish anything specific?
I think my voice, vocally and artistically, is stronger now, more natural. I’m always looking for that sweet spot in the way a recording sounds and flows. Perfection is always unattainable but it’s the journey not the destination, baby!
Do you face challenges as an indie musician in a digital age? How has technology helped you (assuming it helps)?
it’s certainly easier to record and distribute a record, but promotion and marketing is tougher than ever. With millions of records on the internet, how do you make yours stand out? You still need help from somewhere.
Where can we connect with you online and discover more music?
Anything else before we sign off?
Thank you for your interest and support! Keep loving the music!