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The Lockdown 2020 – Myke Gray

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Interview by Paul Monkhouse for MPM

Myke Gray is not a man who wastes words, always preferring the music to do the talking. In a career that has seen some extraordinary twists and turns as well as an equal number of highs and lows, his is the story of a survivor who stood at the abyss and not only managed to pull back from it but turned his life around totally.

From the extraordinary experiences of a career playing with UFO, leading Jagged Edge, Skin and Red White & Blues and onto his solo career you’d be hard pressed to find anyone so committed and focused. Along the way he’s shared stages and studios with some of the biggest names in rock and worked with the cream of the music business, winning the admiration of fans and peers alike.  

It’s not always been stretch limos and champagne, in fact quite the opposite as he’s made a few enemies along the way, defeated drug addiction and been screwed over several times but throughout his talent has shone and the respect he has in the industry is huge.

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A man of absolutes, his focus is razor sharp, whether that’s as a musician or in his other role as a personal trainer, his integrity unquestionable and honesty unswerving. With a number of projects on the go at the moment, including a hugely anticipated autobiography and the equally mouthwatering prospect of his second solo album, he took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to fill us in on what’s been happening in his world.    

 First off, and most importantly: How are you doing?  

I’m doing very well thank you 

 How have you been keeping yourself busy?  

Extremely. I’m a workaholic by nature so nothing has really changed. 24/7 I always have something I’m working on.  

 Have you been doing any online live shows or seen any good ones?  

I personally haven’t done any because primarily I’m working on the Shades of Gray album and I prefer to focus on one thing at a time rather than dilute my concentration.  

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 Have you had to change your way of writing material?  

No, it’s exactly the same as I write alone. I’m lucky to have my own studio so, from a creative point of view, the lockdown was a good thing for me. 

Do you keep in touch with your fellow bandmates / other musicians much?  

I’m fairly reclusive by nature and tend to speak when I have something to say or something to organize. I keep in contact with people closest to me and they know me well enough to know that I’m not the kind of guy to call up to ask how your day is going 

 What plans have you had to change this year?  

I usually spend a lot of time in the US but the travel ban has prevented that, hopefully that will change soon as that is where my girlfriend lives. The Shades of Gray album became the focus once it became apparent that all gigs were to stop.  

What do you think of the social distancing gigs (like the one that happened in Kansas recently – 229 people in a 1,100-seat venue) or the thought of drive-in gigs as has just been announced by Live Nation?  

Music consumes my every waking moment and I’m sure that many others are the same way, so any way that people get to hear music can only be a good thing in my humble opinion. 

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 How do you think the music industry will have changed after this period of lockdown?  

The music industry has always been tough and I dont think it will ever be any different. Only by being mentally strong and having an undying love of music will you possibly survive it. 

What plans have you got for when the isolation finishes and gigs start back up again?  

My immediate plan is to fly to the US and spend time with my girlfriend, I will also make videos for Shades of Gray and design the album artwork. There are plans afoot to create music in 2020 and we are trying to organize that at the moment. 

 How can people support you during this time?  

The best way to support any musician is to buy directly from them. By pre-ordering the new Shades of Gray album, it helps pay for its creation.  

Here are the links  

Album pre order – 

https://www.mykegray.rocks/…/prod_7123204-SHADES-OF-GRAY.ht… 

Donation page – 

PayPal.me/mykegray 

Interview by Paul Monkhouse for MPM

Photo by KS Photography

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