Michael Rault Interview

Michael Rault

Michael Rault is my new favorite addiction. His music harkens back to an earlier time while also fusing musical elements from today to create a unique, fun, danceable sound. His song, Let me go, was recently featured in a Muller commercial (you can check out the post here) and I was ecstatic he agreed to an interview. Let it also be said that his response was the quickest in my writing history which makes me adore him even more.

First, you say your music draws inspiration from the retro, what about that era appeals to you?

These days I haven’t been intentionally drawing from retro influences.  I find myself interested more and more in what’s going on in music these days, rather than what happened in the past.  That being said, I have spent so much time listening to music from the 50′s and 60′s and even further back that those influences tend to surface in my music still.  And they’re definitely there in the songs off of Whirlpool and Ma-Me-O.

Coming from such a musically inclined family, was there every anything else you thought you would be doing or was music always your passion?

I was interested in writing at a very young age, and kind of thought maybe I’d keep doing that, but by the time I was 13 I was pretty much set on playing music.

You sing with your sister and collaborated with your cousin on your new EP, Living Daylight, how has it been creating music with your family?

It’s alright.  Emily and I went through a period there after I put out my last full length that we were on tour a lot together for a year or two.  We hadn’t really played much music together before that, but it was fun to get to do that with her.  Rene and I only found out we were cousins once we met through playing in bands in Edmonton when we were teenagers.  So, even though we are family we sort of are more like friends.  But we’re really close.  We argue like family.

So far, what would you say has been the most interesting or craziest thing to happen to you during your musical experiences?

I don’t know.  Probably something that happened in France.  I’ve been there three times to play shows now, and every time I feel like I’m in a different world.  Those smoking rooms they have in clubs there are super weird.  If you run out of smokes and you want to get your fix you can pretty much just go in there and soak up all the second hand smoke and it does the trick.  France has been pretty cool.

If you could have your song featured in any commercial for any product, what would it be and why?

I don’t know, really.  I don’t think about it too much.  Although, we do have a song on the new album that sounds like it should be in a beer commercial, and we drank a lot of Budweiser while recording the album, so maybe that would be cool.  We also have one that would be good in a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em hockey fight montage.

 Now that Living Daylight, has been mixed what’s next for you?

 The album is being mastered right now, and we’re looking to release in October.  We might even drop a couple tracks on the internet before then, and we’re going to be doing some touring in the fall.

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