Anyone booking an Amplify session has caught a glimpse of JohnMichael in his zone. JohnMichael joined our team a few months ago to assist us with booking sessions, and he constantly goes above and beyond what his job requires. JohnMichael consistently demonstrates his love of music when he runs potential artists past us, and his excitement proves his passion in finding quality music to present through our platform. Working with JohnMichael is fun, hilarious, and really easy. We would love to introduce him to you in the best way we know how– with a playlist. We also got the chance to talk more with JohnMichael about his playlist and what he looks for in music.
MS: When you listen to music, what is the most important aspect of a song to you?
JM: I tend to be drawn to a good voice. That's probably the first thing. However, I really love it when a song starts off with one of two things: either vocals coming in, strong and ready, or a good 10-20 second intro to really set the pace and feel for the rest of the listening experience. Parson James' "Sinner Like You", and LIV's "Poison in the Blood" are great examples of these two ideas.
MS: How do you think you developed your musical taste?
JM: My brother and sister definitely helped me develop my taste early on in life. They are six and five years older than me, respectively, and I know like every 90s jam by heart. I also grew up in the theatre (hence my salute to Hamilton's "Cabinet Battle #1") so anything that makes me think and feel/emote is super worth it in my book. Amplify has actually helped me find some new, up-and-coming artists in the Nashville area, so thanks, y'all!
MS: Do any of these songs have any nostalgic value for you?
JM: James Bay's "A Case of You" is one that brings back some fun memories of both freshman year at Belmont University (that vocal run on the word "Canada," though) and Grey's Anatomy. Also my brother got me hooked on Queen at a young age and "Killer Queen" is literally insane in every possible way.
MS: Pick a couple of your favorite songs and tell me what you like about them.
JM: Already mentioned Parson James, but check him out y'all. I love Adele's "Right as Rain" cause like who wouldn't? That sass. That sex. Ugh. So good. Everyone should revisit classic Adele at least once a month. As far as another one, I am honestly not the biggest Ariana Grande fan, but "Best Mistake" is such an homage to classic R&B with, of course, a modern twist. Great hook. Solid vocals. Nice lead-in at the start. Mark Summers and Kevin "K.O." Olusola's "Julie-O" is crazy good and awesome for any type of mental breaks, or transition music between songs. Also Hamilton.
MS: What's your favorite way to listen to music? In the car? While you work?
JM: I listen to a lot of music while I drive, cook, or take a shower. Driving kills time and makes you look super cool to those strangers around you... No? Cooking just gives you a chance to multitask and not get bored or too overwhelmed with the fact that you have sharp objects in your hands. Be safe. As far as showers go, there's no new discovery here– showers are the best places to jam. You can also be super productive and use the shower to learn new songs, or at least expose yourself to a new genre. I mean, where are you gonna go? If you hate the song are you really going to remove any limb of yours from the safe confines of the shower to skip the song? Just breathe and take it in. Also, if you like happiness, you should check out Hamilton. Like damn, y'all. What a spirit.