Ep #34 – Click the DANG button an Interview with Mike Atkins
September 23, 2019
When passion meets commerce you can make a living forever in the music industry!
If you are an artist who wants to pick the brain of a full-timer who has been making his living in music for 34 years this is the podcast for you. Soul singer, songwriter and dueling piano player Mike Atkins from Austin, Texas, sat down with me and discussed how he makes his living in music and some of the challenges he came across while getting his latest album “Rivers” released.
Mike’s goal: To play until he’s 90 and die sitting at this piano! THAT my friends is total commitment to your purpose and your passion. Mike got his first gig paycheck when he was 13 years old and he’s been figuring it all out and paying his bills on music ever since.
Mike would have to be the most humble, talented and gritty musician I’ve talked to in a long time. By gritty I mean, that Mike shows up and even when personal challenges have slowed his roll, he still got back to it, got his album released and kept putting one foot, one song and one performance in front of another. When you have a goal like Mike’s you never stop creating and playing, that’s just not an option.