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As Newcastle songwriter MICHAEL and ALL ANGELS prepares to release his new EP Rise of The Novocastrian, we find out all we can about his music, inspirations and approach to songwriting…

Who are you and where are you from?

I am Michael Newman aka MICHAEL and ALL ANGELS from Newcastle upon Tyne.

What is it you do?

Singer/songwriter/musician creating acoustic driven original songs. I very occasionally still play bass with others and recently recorded with American country singer Austin Allsup from Texas alongside local rock ‘n’ rollers The Baldy Holly Band.

How long have you been doing it?

I have been involved on and off with playing and making music for over 30 years playing in a variety of local bands but have only been seriously writing and recording my own material for the last five years.

What inspires you?

My own inspiration is rooted in early punk with the philosophy of ‘doing it for yourself’ and very much the ‘learn three chords and form a band’ attitude. This has led me to not only write my own songs but also to record and produce my own music, something I have done with my latest EP.

Writing inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere, though recent writing focus has been recent political and social events as well as some more personal life changing happenings. Musically my influences would include: Bowie, Suede, Muse, Ron Sexsmith, Rufus Wainwright. Playing and writing music is inherent for me and is something I will always need to do.

Tell us about your music

I released an album of original songs titled I Am An Island which was recorded with Tony Davis at Cluny Studio. The songs were well constructed, very melodic and have been compared by others to bands such as Divine Comedy and Super Furry Animals, lyrically the songs cover themes including homelessness, political disaffection, love and loneliness.

My new music whilst still remaining melodic with strong choruses and recognisable verse/chorus/middle eighth structures, have a sharper edge to them and are more uptempo, lyrically the songs are more positive with distinct messages of hope and perseverance, my own hope being that the songs sounds uniquely like me.

What’s coming up in the future?

A new four track EP release is imminent, self written, mostly self recorded and produced with myself playing all instruments. New songs for late summer release are well into production, again by myself, and I hope to get out and be playing some live solo acoustic shows locally in the very near future. The new EP Rise of The Novocastrian will be available from 15th April on Spotify, Apple, Youtube, iTunes and all the usual streaming platforms.

Where can people find out more about you?

Facebook and YouTube



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