Micah P. Hinson

Micah P. Hinson

interview by Fabio Ferrara
We had the opportunity to interview Abilene musician Micah P. Hinson  who is currently involved with the winter tour. It was an opportunity to talk about the special vinyl edition of "I Lie To You" released by Ponderosa Music Records with two rearrangements of already released songs. But we also talked about the roots of his music, many anecdotes from the past and his feelings about his life now.

Let's start by talking about your latest release in which you present two songs (“Oh No!” and “People”) in a rearranged version. Do you want to tell us something more about these 2 songs in particular?

I’d completely forgotten about it, but that song was actually released on a little Spanish EP I did years and years ago. It's certainly worth going back and listening to that because I think the spirit of the song is there. I tried to record that song several times because I've had it with me for a long time, but it never came out properly. It was supposed to be on “I Lie To You” and it still wasn't coming out properly, and eventually it worked and I'm really happy with this song. I wanted something that progressed beyond the sound of “I Lie To You”, I suppose. And I think we accomplished that as well as with “People” and I guess that's just nothing to expound on other than I think that this song could be seen in a few different ways. It’s very pop, probably one of the simplest and poppiest things I've done, and so it's always good to do. Those words are really heavy, and so I think they can be seen in a few different ways.

 You have decided to record your latest album with an Italian label and start your European tour in our country. Where does this feeling of closeness come from?

Regarding touring Italy and having Ponderosa as a record label I'm not sure I could really speak on like some sort of closeness with the country and particularly it just happened when I didn't have a record label and I wasn't sure what was going to happen with the music moving forward. I knew Alessandro “Asso” Stefana and he helped me making I Lie To Youand through that connection I came in contact with people at Ponderosa. It's like happenstance, I suppose, because I was working, they were working and we just happened to cross paths, but it's a pleasure to work with them and they're easily by far hands down the most compassionate record label I've worked for. I think that the feeling that can be created with the people in some ways it's more important than the work. Care and and and kindness behind it. And that's it's an incredible thing.

 I Lie To You” is your first album composed after the period in which you had decided to retire from the scene. How did you experience this period of quietness and what was the most valuable thing you learned?

I'm going to assume by the word quietness that you mean why I might not have been releasing anything. I think that is a bit of a different situation than that feeling that it was time to possibly quit. Like I mentioned in my last answer about the record label at that time, and before that, I was on a little record label on an island country somewhere in Europe. They lacked compassion and any sort of support that I guess I needed. When I left that label I had nothing on the horizon. I guess at the time it seemed more important just to make that whole situation go away and then see what life would have brought me.

Another thing is that the plague was happening I felt everybody was releasing records and doing like online shows and stuff. And that just made me really nervous because we're in a situation now for being a musician because of the whole world of Internet, clicks and the streaming thing. Maybe for some people I just can't see it equating to a whole lot. For me to release a record it's come to a point, it's important to tour and it's important to get out and attempt to acquire a living from that and so that quietness that I had, the world wasn't moving the same way it was moving and I had no ability to do those things. And so it made sense not to do anything at all. I didn't feel like it was a quiet time in my life. Maybe like hourly, maybe in my physical body, I wasn't speaking, maybe I was quiet, but with the things I was thinking in my mind and the things that I was going through with the music, and of course the music is directly connected with my life. But what did I learn from all that? That's an interesting question. In almost every way I can think. I keep telling my girlfriend that I'm turning into a real human boy and I’m changing the way I feel about my life and my music.

 Listening to the previous album "When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You" I felt a sense of grandeur but also of anguish and excruciating gloom. However, in your latest work, it seems that the darkness has dissolved and a sense of newfound serenity shines through. Do you share these sensations?

I would say that I would agree with what you said. I mean, it's definitely a pretty gloomy record I listened back to and I find it truly fascinating because I wasn't following any of the rules or guidelines that I'd set up for myself recording records. I listen to that album and I hear a lot of space, whereas before I would have felt like I would have filled up those voids. But also at that time, when I was recording that, there were very specific things happening with the recording of that and so I feel I was more obsessed about whatever the science of the technicality of the sounds and less about the amount of instruments that were there. I think that's also true for the Holy Strangers. But even those things, I might sit here and look back and try to imagine I did it for this reason or that. Maybe I just wasn't all that interested and maybe I was going through some sort of motions. I did not really like the musician's record when I finished it, I thought it was something else I suppose. But listening back now, I feel that it was. For me personally, I feel like it was a really important album, and I was speaking some very interesting things to myself that I wasn't aware I was really speaking about at the time. When we started recording “I lied to you” like I said, I didn't have a label, and I just had these songs and a few new ones, and it was just a matter of recording an album, I guess. Then, of course, the plague kicked off, and again, there wasn't the ability to travel and so, at that point, it really ended up in the hands of Alessandro “Asso”m Stefana and we spent a lot of time working on it, but I feel it was more time trying to figure out what not to put in as opposed to things to put in.

We wanted a very straightforward album of songs with not a lot of glitter and stuff like that. In the last part of your question you talk about a newfound sense of serenity or something with the album? No, I don't think it's that. I mean, you can definitely hear it sounds more collected and serene or something like that, but no, I don't think songs really speak like that. Serenity is an interesting concept, and I think the things that I write songs about, I'm not sure Serenity is something that fits into that.

 The songs of "I Lie To You" are linear with a duration that never exceeds four minutes, while in your previous works you had also composed songs with more long and complex structure. Does the choice reflect your desire to experiment with a new way of making music more focused on simplicity?

No, I guess what you're saying, like the shortness of the songs and the succinctness of it. That wasn't me experimenting with any ideas or anything like that. I mean, we were working with Alessandro “Asso” Stefana and we were very limited in what we could do. I guess that's an experiment in some was or maybe it was a necessity. I don't know. Experiment might not be the right word, but I guess I was experimenting with the idea of using a lot less instruments and making things a bit finer. You'll also notice I didn't put on this record, like my name and any other and the Gospel of progress or the opera circuit and that type of stuff. I wanted it to be succinct and not confusing, because for somebody that has known me for as long as I've been releasing it, having different names could have been confusing. That's just what this human decided to do but I'm 42 years old, and I'm attempting to do this for a bit more years. And so I think to be clearer for humanity is going to benefit me.

 I noticed that on the cover of your latest album you have gone back to inserting a black and white photo with details of female figures, like in the iconic artwork of the first albums. Did the unusual and dark abstract painting of the previous album have a special meaning for you?

I think you're referring to the artwork on the “Holy Strangers”. I didn't do it in the fashion way that you mentioned that I generally do because of the story of that record, and what I was trying to say and what I was trying to do. That artwork using the same style that I'd done, it wasn't appropriate. It wasn't going to work. The musicians of the Apocalypse, that's actually a painting by my brother, Joshua Henson. He's a brilliant Chickasaw artist and has his hand massively, and the Chickasaw language I'm teaching and opening up schools. He's very high up in the Chickasaw government, the Native American people, I come from that. We're in Oklahoma now, or Indian Territory, and I'd had a dream where it was black. And I saw these arrows, and the arrows were all facing one way up, and then I began to see them all turning into this Square and I told my brother about it, and we talked, and he painted that painting for the COVID which is an incredible painting, but it was really difficult to find. I recall now it was really difficult to find people that could scan it, people that could take really good pictures of it. I ended up finding somebody in the middle of God knows where in Dallas, Texas. It.

And also, I don't think, for the musicians, I don't think my style of covers would have, I guess those things just needed to be a little bit different. They called for something different, and.

 In the album there is a tribute to the American folk tradition with the cover of "Please Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas" by John Denver. What are your feelings with the great American folk tradition?

It's interesting, I've never thought about John Denver being part of the great American folk tradition, as you put mean. I suppose in the NDI, he was playing in Greenwich Village around a lot of those people that were doing the whole folk movement. But I feel that he really went on and did something very, very different, especially in those early. Whatever, maybe like ten years or something, maybe a little bit less. Once you get especially the 90s, things were very different. I believe how I feel about his music. But those first years he was writing on such a personal and a different level, and the things he talked about were like sad and lovely, and he was compassionate. And that was just so much different than all the other stuff that I guess I would try to put into that idea of the American folk tradition. I think a lot of folk music is very disconnected. Does that make sense? Yes, because you have people like the Carter family that played a huge hand in American folk, and they were singing folk songs, but they were singing songs that they bought from other people. So when I listen to their music, they're amazing songs, but it really lacks a sense of emotionality or something because clearly they were playing other people's songs. And so not all of them, but the majority of them and when they were singing those, of course, it's much easier not to have the same emotion than the person that wrote the song. So, yeah, I see. It might be kind of strange. I've never thought about it, but, yeah, and the American folk stuff, I really feel it's not a highly personal form of songwriting. And John Denver probably was the biggest influence on my songwriting and the way that I want to write. He was an incredible person to listen to. And I guess the reason why I always play as many of his songs as I can or put his songs on records is I feel that he's very forgotten. I think all the hippie dippy stuff he was doing and everything in the think that really veered his path away from maybe a greater amount of people listening to him or taking him seriously or something.

 The roots of your music are evidently American; nevertheless you have always received enormous approval, especially on the old continent. How do you explain it?

I don't think I agree with you because how are you putting that? The roots of your music are evidently American. I don't. When I was starting to write songs and had this interest in doing I mean it was okay. Like we talked about I was listening to John Denver, of course, but no. I mean I was listening to, like I've said so many times, like the Cure, My bloody Valentine, Curve, New order, and then even beyond that, the stuff that I was listening to, as far as that maybe had come from the States, it didn't follow that. Things like Nine Inch Nails or like Canadians, like Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Thrill kill kult. Like, these types of things weren't. Yeah, they weren't in that American. In the United States folk United States tradition of music, of course, I think to put that blanket statement of American to describe a style of music from a very particular place on a very particular place of that whole continent, I think it's pretty unfair. So with the United States folk stuff or the tradition of that, I think a lot of what you hear, that would be the tradition. I mean, it's really inescapable.

I was born in Memphis, and then I was raised in Texas, and so it makes sense that I play an acoustic guitar. It makes sense that I write folk music or country music or what we want to say. But, yeah, I certainly wasn't raised on. He might think, like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Of course I heard those things around. I mean, it was inescapable, but it's not something that I listened to at home or something that I went and found the CDs for and stuff like that.

 What can your fans expect from your next tour? Will it be mainly focused on your latest work or you are going to play also songs of your previous albums?

So this part of the hopefully ongoing, extensive “I Lie To You” tour this time it is. Well, it's always me and Paolo, my drummer and fucking guru. And then Alessandro “Asso” Stefana, of course, he plays banjo and piano and baritone and harmonica. Did I say banjo? Yeah, the guy plays Lapsdale. Yeah, he plays all sorts of stuff. He's on tour with Vinicio Capossela this month. And so he's only joining us on four of the shows. Like tonight, we're in Belgium. And he also was at Italian show earlier this week. But yeah, the majority of the tour is me and Paolo. We've done a few shows by ourselves and it's really interesting to. He's an interesting human being and he's fantastic at the drums. More than playing the drums, I believe he fucking embodies them or something. He becomes a drum. He's a special human. But, yeah, we're still learning what we're doing and we're playing. Yet a lot of the stuff is going to be from the new record. And then we play songs from the Gospel or the opera circuit, sometimes the pioneer, sometimes the Red Empire Orchestra. And so, yeah, we discover a lot of stuff and I think it really fits in. I don't feel like the songs that are older, I don't think they sound like antiquated or strange up against the new songs. Yeah, it's all is one. Thank you.

 Is there a concert from the past that you remember fondly?

Yeah, sure. I remember fondly. This was probably, like, 2008, and I was living in Abilene, Texas, and I was working at a comic book store. And I heard from one of my coworkers at the comic book store that he was putting on a concert at a place called the Paramount Theater, which was the only in a beautiful 1930s theater in downtown Abilene. And he was bringing Iron & Wine, Mr. Sam Beam and I had toured with Sam Beam in England. I guess it was like my second something support tour and so I knew him. And so I ended up getting on the show. And to play back in Abilene, especially at the Paramount. It felt like a really monumental thing for me because I had left, like, I did not live Abilene like a very good, responsible human. And to come back, I guess like, whatever, however silly, is like being fucking, I've done something with myself and some sort of victory. But, yeah, I went on stage and I played, and for some reason, I felt that night that I played all the songs correctly. I said all the right things. I said all the right jokes, and it was a fucking incredible gig. And then Mr. Sam Beam came on stage and made some, a terribly ludicrous joke about one of our most famous barbecue places. And so I lost faith in him forever after that.


The torment of beauty

by Alessandra Trirè

Dense, dark, tormented, emotional. The music of Texan songwriter Micah P. Hinson, one of the most interesting artists in the U.S. folk scene, is a fire of obscure passion that overwhelms souls and burns hearts up. Modest, shy, but also frank and friendly: in this interview the Abilene songwriter talks about his music projects, his relationship with popularity, his love for photography and his collection of typewriters.

You definitely are one of the most promising songwriters of the independent music scene. So, a good way for starting this interview could be to talk about the process of song writing itself. How does Micah P. Hinson make a song “come to life”?
Why thank you kindly. I'm not sure I believe you, but it's awfully nice of you.
I think the process of making a song is reasonably easy. I think it comes down to just a few things: a set of chords, a set of melodies, a set of words, some sense of emotion. And not in that particular order. But, for me, the music always, always comes first. Music cannot form around words. only words around music.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
These tiny little bullshit things that make up life. All the damn broken little parts that occasionally come together and somehow end up being worth a damn.

What are your influences?
People that have written, created, and self-destructed.

It’s remarkable you’re music is really popular in latin European countries like Spain and Italy  especially if you compare it with the popularity you have your home country. Has it something to do with emotions and the way these people in these countries live feelings?
I remember growing up in school and the teacher looking down at me and saying: "Music is the one universal language". I had no idea what she was talking about. But the more and more I head over to those strange and interesting lands, I find her words more and more truthful. I imagine some of my biggest listeners have no idea what I am talking about. It's an interesting thing to try to wrap the mind around.

A painful tension towards an ideal of absolute beauty seems to obsessively cross your music: in your opinion can beauty without pain exist?
Yes, it can. But humans are obsessed with pain, whether it is their own, or others.

The atmospheres in your latest album “And The Red Empire Orchestra” seem to be “less dark” than in your past production. Does it also reflect a different mood (related to changes in your life?) or is it just a matter of stylistic choices?
I couldn't say it is either. With “The Red Empire”, I didn't set out to make any particular kind of record. All I knew is that I wanted to be clear as the day the day is long and more stringent than my previous attempts. As an example, in the past, I would record 10 guitar parts for one song, hell, maybe even 15. with “The Red Empire” I wanted to leave it at 1. Therefore that 1 guitar part had to be good. It couldn't hide behind 9 other sons-of-bitches. There would be no place to hide for any instrument. I thought this to be an interesting concept. And there it was, “The Red Empire”. I worked damn hard on that record and sat in many a small, sweaty room trying to get the bastard just right. Who knows if I accomplished it or not... we can see when the sales come in... ha...

Gaining an increasing critical as well as public acclaim also means to be in the centre of attention not only when promoting an album or when playing at concerts but also in everyday’s life. You are becoming more and more popular, release after release. How does this fit your personality? In other words: how do you relate with popularity?
I don't relate very well to it. It is something I don't really want to think of. I have a feeling that the acknowledgement of one's popularity can only lead to an over-analyzation of one's self and give one a false sense of worth in the world. And I wouldn't want that, now would I? Value in the world is not based, in my eyes, on how many people know your name, or how many people bring you up in everyday conversation. That is ridiculous, and foolish. The thing that gives us worth in this world is how well we fought off the demons and what we learned from it, how well we treated others....so many things carry more weight than the concept, or accomplishment, of popularity.

In your albums you have always shown to be a notably talented musician, playing a wide range of instruments. In “The Red Empire Orchestra” you even tried your hand with an amazing number of keyboard instruments: Hammond organ, melodica, grand and upright piano, Wurlitzer student piano, Rhodes piano, Casio keyboard and even a Jaymar children’s piano. What is so far the instrument you played that you had more fun with?
The piano. The keys are all just laying out there for you to play. You don't particularly have to know chords, or anything involving music theory, for that matter. I've never had actual piano lessons. I signed up for them in university, but failed miserably, as I refused to practice, hell, I could write songs... what more did I need? Growing up, my grandmother had a piano, which now sits here at my house, that I play on a daily basis. I remember playing that thing year after year. I always wanted to create something. I wanted to move things with my hands.

Is there any instrument you would like to experience but you have not yet had the opportunity to?
The sitar.

And what is the instrument that moves/touches you most?
The cello. It is the only instrument, I believe, that can actually convey true human emotion.
I'm not sure how it does it, but it must be the vibration of the strings, or the way the wood is bent and shaped, I'm not sure, but in my eyes,  it is truly the most stunning and moving instrument man has ever made.

You have worked and still work with many musicians, when recording as well as when performing live. What are the qualities you appreciate most in your music-mates?
Honesty. Compassion. Empathy. Passion. Without these things, more people would die out on the road.

Do you mainly have a soloist approach or do the other musicians you work with have any influence on the final recording choices?
I listen to people. I don't close my ears to people ideas or opinions, but when it really comes down to it, I try to do it all myself. With my first record, the Earlies had a big hand in helping me with that. They provided most all the backing instruments, other than guitar, some piano, organ and drums. They were damned amazing and I think we made something to be proud of, but as far as all the songwriting, the backbone of the bastards, I had those already worked out in my mind or on tape. With “The Opera Circuit”, I recorded and wrote all that at home here in Abilene, and a friend, Eric Bachmann, wrote the string and horn arrangements. Then, with this last “Red Empire” record, I got the assistance of my pal, T. Nicholas Phelps, and a few other choice people. With “The Red Empire”, I think I gave up the most amount of power I had ever given up before, as far as how the songs physically sounded, not the arrangements or the structure of the songs. I recorded it with John Congleton of the Paper Chase and he was a different breed of fella than I had worked with before. But yeah, long story short, I call the shots. Ha....

The musicians who took part in the realization of your albums are grouped within music ensembles  with curious names: “The Gospel Of Progress”, “The Opera Circuit”, “The Red Empire Orchestra”. How did you get this idea? And where do the three mentioned above names come from?
The idea to name records in this fashion came to me a damn long time before I ever had the luck of being signed up to a record label. I was in University at the time and was playing with a drummer friend of mine. I had called our little outfit "MPH and The Opera Circuit". I thought it was a new and interesting way to approach a title and band name. It covered two things: the title of the record and the title of the band. Clearly people in the past had titled their band, "Blahblah and The Blahblah's" but never had I seen that name change, and with every record. I feel it gives a different feeling to each record and is able to separate itself from all the other recordings. It also gives each band a separate identity.

On your last European tour you were with a smaller band (just Nick and your wife). To what extent was it possible to recreate the atmosphere of your music as it usually is when your band is at its full?
I haven't had a proper full band since I was touring with the Earlies years back, when they used to back me up every night. After that, it's just been a different set of 3 or 4 people out on the road at one given time, and even sometimes, I've been known to go out on the road on my lonesome. I know that sounds ridiculous in this day in age, with all these massive bands and loud sounds. I'm not gonna lie, but this is mainly due to finance. With this music thing being my full-time job, I have to somehow be able to make money through it, and touring, clearly, is the best way of doing that. I find it better to keep a small band and pay them well and have them well-fed, than have a huge band and everyone is paid under-par for what they are worth. Also, I think a small tight-knit group helps with the general sanity of being out on the road. It's hard to keep one's sanity out on the road, so it's important to surround yourself with good people. I'm sure people come out to the gigs and expect some enormous 15 piece band to be able to pull off these recordings I've made, but that isn't what they are gonna get. I find it important to mix things up. Give people something different. If the recording was a 10 piece band, I'll play it by myself. If the song was recorded by myself, we'll put a huge drum part behind it and some distorted hammond organ and all is well with the world.

What are the different  emotions you want to trigger in your audience when playing the songs live?
In the end, I guess i aim to hit all the triggers, cause there are a lot of them to hit. If you get them all you will get a mix of all things: the ups and downs, the goods and the bads, the gorgeous and the ugly. I find that to be a beautiful thing.

During your tours it  sometimes happens that you play for small audiences of about 50 (anyway enthusiastic) people. Is it worth doing it, knowing that critics are very positive but people stay away?
It's all worth doing. hell, I’ve played for less people than 50. I find incredible that 50 people in a country I have rarely been to, to a town I have never heard of, is a sight to see. It's this kind of stuff that warms my insides. It's these kinds of things that make it all worth it. Playing this music I hold dear to those souls who will listen. Incredible.

Sometimes, when on stage, you look like another Micah, a more aggressive one…
It is easy to be confined inside a microphone, or a recording. There is only a certain amount of space. live, I find there to be more elbow room, more space to knock around, more energy to create, more atoms vibrating in the air, more everything. I suppose what I do live is just a bit more explosive than my recordings.

How do you live the relationship with your audience, when you are on stage?
I find the audience to be a strange thing. I don't find it it to be individual faces staring back, I find it to be one heaving mass. One organism. And sometimes it can be happy with you, and sometimes it can be angry with you. And it's when it's angry with you... that can be the best of times.

It’s obvious that your real life reflects in your songs. Looking at your songs from a historic perspective, do you think that they reflect different episodes of your life?
Not every song on every record was written under the album titles. some songs come from as far back as when i was 16 or 15 years old.... and then some were written weeks before the records were completed. Life tends to move in circles, so things that were true 10 years ago, can still ring true today. Though the words change meanings. Though the songs change here and there. But, in the end, I can look at any of my record covers and i can get a certain feeling, a certain energy, off of each, so yes, i suppose they do represent all those chapters.

What are your (music) plans for the near future?
I've just finished a covers record for my UK label, Full Time Hobby Records. It's mainly older songs. Folks such as Patsy Cline, Leadbelly, John Denver, Santo & Johnny, Roy Orbison, the Lovin' Spoonful, etc. I recorded with an old friend of mine in Dallas, Texas, at a place called Tomcast Studios. It should be out right before this summer hits us in the face. I've also been working on a side project with my pal, T. Nicholas Phelps, under the name "Broken Arrows". We've been working pretty heavily on that and will hopefully convince someone to release it in the near future; fingers crossed. So far it's the loudest, strangest thing i've done to date. I guess I'm just exercising some demons. I've also been releasing a set of three EP’s with my spanish label, Houston Party Records. I've released 2 so far, and have recently finished the 3rd with the help of T. Nicholas Phelps; all one-take, live-studio recordings with vocals, acoustic guitar, and banjo. Not exactly sure when this will be out, but once all 3 are out, i'm gonna re-record the bastards all over again, mash the bastards all together, push the bastards around, and then release a full-length world-wide of the finished product. After that, I suppose I will begin work on a new full length, and will shoot to have that out for winter of 2010. But yeah, that's it....

Let’s talk about your artworks. The portraits of women in your albums are all taken with Micah P. Hinson’s camera. How and when did your passion for photography start?
I suppose I've always found photographs fascinating: the idea of life being stolen onto a piece of paper with the help of some strange machine. I took a class in high school for photography and would leave the campus in my car, taking photos of things I ran across, smoking low-grade grass and cigarettes... That's when I started.

As concerns the writings on your album, you always use the same “typewriter” font, which together with the dark tones on the digipack and the black & white pictures of female figures represents a leitmotif in the today Micah P. Hinson production, giving the artwork a dark sensuality and an “old-fashioned-style” elegance. Is there a(n intended) link between the graphic choices and the atmospheres in your albums?

I find it necessary for things to run together and have a theme, or an idea pushing behind it all, as far as cover art goes. I wouldn't say there is a link between the songs themselves and the covers, clearly, as not all my songs are about women, or black and white scenes. I just wanted something as strangely dark as I felt in my songs. Also, the typewriter "font" I use is no "font" at all. Each individual album used a different typewriter I found here in the thrift stores of Abilene. The first was on a old 1930's Royal typewriter, the next was a 1950's Remmington typewriter, etc, etc... I still have them all, taking up space and getting dusty in my garage. I still write daily on my Remmington, though. I swear the ribbon must be over 40 years old, but it never seems to dry up. It was given to me by my late grandfather, L.J. Nichols, rest his soul. Hopefully it will live forever. It's a beautiful machine, made back when people still cared.

How would you evaluate “The Baby & The Satellite” in this regard?
This record, and the 3 spanish EP's, don't fall into the category, for me, as proper full length releases. They are things on the side. Things that I want to be heard, but don't fit into my ideas for the LP's. They are a way for me to express and show a different side of myself. The black and white woman noir is saved only for my proper full-length records and the singles off those records.

The famous American photographer Paul Strand, talking about his work once said: “Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees”. Do you agree? Would you feel like to extend this statement to music and to all art as well?
I think anything a person does is a record of their life, whether they take photos, or lay bricks, or add numbers, or take calls, or write songs, or drive trucks, or deliver food.... We just live seem to live in a world society that doesn't uphold to everyday human, the everyday man, woman, and child. We all take a select few and hold them in the highest regard, failing to realize that each and every once of us has traits far superior to the ones we carry above.

The last question is a “open question”. Is there something we haven’t asked that you would like to share with us?
I have two dogs. Bandini and Totiana. They look like small bears and fight as such.


The above interview is also published on the Dutch site Stilllife.
A special thanks goes to Patrick Kuiper, without whom making this interview would not have been possible.


Micah P. Hinson And The Gospel Of Progress (Sketchbook, 2004)


 The Baby And The Satellite (Sketchbook, 2005)


 Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit (Sketchbook, 2006)


 A Dream Of Her (Ep, Houston Party, 2007)


 The Surrendering (Ep, Houston Party, 2008)


Micah P. Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra (Full Time Hobby, 2008)


 All Dressed Up And Smelling Of Strangers (Full Time Hobby, 2009)


 Micah P. Hinson And The Pioneer Saboteurs (Full Time Hobby, 2010)


 Micah P. Hinson And The Junior Arts Collective (Sindedin, 2012)


 Wishing For A Christmas Miracle With The Micah P. Hinson Family (Ep, Yellow Bird, 2013)


 Micah P. Hinson And The Nothing (Talitres, 2014)


 Micah P. Hinson Presents The Holy Strangers (Full Time Hobby, 2017)


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