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Meet Randy Michael of InCrowd Recordings in Toco Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Randy Michael.

Randy Michael, creator, and owner of ©INCROWD, is a songwriter and producer who began his career as a bass player, touring and recording with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Public Enemy, at the age of 15. randy has fronted his own bands, The Booze (2006-2011) and Black Linen (2014-present), while penning hit singles and touring with artists as Butch Walker (2005-2009), Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong (2009), Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars (2010), Muddy Waters Jr. (2010), The Living Things (2012), The Pyyramids (2013), Curtis Harding (2014), and Mattiel (2015-present).

As a touring musician, Randy has made several television appearances including Ellen Degeneres (2009 Pink and Butch Walker), The Tonight Show (2013), Hell’s Kitchen (2013), and Revenge (2013). Randy’s charismatic appeal inspired David Bowie to include him in two 2013 music videos: The Next Day and Stars Are Out Tonight.

His original songs have been featured in popular television and commercials including HBO, CW, and Showtime. Most recently, Randy Michael co-wrote and produced Mattiel’s breakout LP, Mattiel, with hit singles playing on BBC6, support tours with Jack White, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Portugal. The Man sold out shows on her European tour and featured on Jools Holland.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing’s ever smooth, there’s always a pothole or two, but we soldier on.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with InCrowd Recordings – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
InCrowd is an Indie label, we work out of Toco Electric studios. Mostly vintage analog gear, tape machines, etc. It’s basically a production machine. I’ll write a song for an artist, with basically a rough skeleton. I’ll call the guys in, sometimes 12 guys in one room, playing together filling in the skeleton on the spot, with the singer usually in the room, and we cut three songs in 3 hours.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We’re going to release our first proper InCrowd LP in the summer. Rollingchild’s “Post Party Depression.”

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Photos by :Jackie Halcrow, Katerina S Belova, Eileen VanFleet

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