The Mike lead singer/songwriter for Blackdog Ballroom.
Where are you from?
We are from Toronto, Canada.
Name of band:
Who else is in your band?
The Mike (Lead vocals/guitar), Mike Spriggs (Lead guitar/Backing vocals), Ck Armstrong (Bass/ Backing Vocals) and Rob Desimone (Drums).
How would you describe yourselves?
Blackdog Ballroom satisfies the universal need to rock and roll. With an eclectic mix of influence ranging from pop to punk, mod to motown and rock to roll, Blackdog Ballroom have cultivated a distinct blend to create their unique sound.
This ain't no symphony; This is a Rock & Roll epiphany - This IS Blackdog Ballroom!
Who are your main influences musically?
We have been inspired by a wide range of influences but I primarily look to early Mod bands such as Small Faces, the Who and the Kinks as well as The Jam, Paul Weller, the Clash, Arctic Monkeys and of course the Beatles!
What do you hope to achieve in music?
Our goal is to be able to share our music with the world and achieve a level of success that enables us to fulfill our dreams.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
As a songwriter being named a winner in the "John Lennon Songwriting Contest" was certainly a personal highlight. Most recently we secured a slot at Canadian Music Week which is a great platform to expose our music.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I've forgotten!! but seriously all moments (good, bad, ugly) help to define who you are so there are no regrets!
If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
"Sounds Like Now" from our upcoming release is a song that showcases the energy that is Blackdog Ballroom!
Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?
You can find us, Like us, Follow us etc. here
Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
We will be releasing our new collection of songs in May 2013 and I will be performing a solo tour of England in July and early August 2013 so check our links for updates on all Blackdog Ballroom info!!