Micah Erenberg finds the humour in the everyday and the superlatives in the best experiences of life, never glossing over the ridiculous details. Between quirky Americana and slinky indie-rock arrangements, Micah calls back to Job Brion and the elephant six collective, introducing a charming a twee sensibility that overwrites the negatives of his vividly drawn narratives.
In Micah’s music, what’s cheesey is just true, what’s frustrating is amusing, and love is what’s most powerful. Micah Erenberg is nominated for a WCMA for Roots Solo Artist of the year. His new album Love is Gonna Find You is out October 4th on Sleepless Records.
1. What is the coolest show you have ever played?
A mysterious barn in Saskatchewan. All of the coolest people were there. The sound was incredible. The audience was magic. There was art everywhere. Still is.
2. How do you keep yourself healthy and happy working in music?
The real answer is that I don't always. Its not always a happy job.
The best things for keeping happy are: 1) Quality time with friends, family, lover, people, etc. Don't put relationships on the back burner. Make a point of spending quality time together when you're home and staying in touch while on tour. 2) Little to no intake of cigarettes and alcohol. Its hard to do but it really does help. 3) Eat good food. Eating the best looking food at the venue is not always best, even if its free. Opt for salads. Junk food sometimes can't be avoided and that's when you'll get it. 4) Exercise when you can, even if its just stretching. It's really hard if you're always on the move, but it helps a lot.
3. What is the biggest challenge you've experienced in getting to where you are?
Believing in myself! Big challenge. Sometimes all my songs and recordings are terrible to me. Sometimes it feels like I haven't written a better song in forever. Quitting is definitely on my mind all the time.
4. What is the best part of your life that isn't music related?
My partner, my family, my friends.
5. What is the best advice you have been given in the music business?
There has been so much good advice. Some is more on the business side and some is more on the creative side. I guess I'll go with this: As long as you are making art, you are a successful artist. Don't get hung up on all the other stuff. Just keep creating.