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Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring Mike from The Midway

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Individually, we all have similar, yet different musical influences. Mike is heavily influenced by Jimmy Eat World, Yellowcard, and The Goo Goo Dolls. Matt brings some Blink 182 and New Found Glory into his drumming, and Archie is heavily inspired by Brand New and Copeland. Basically, any good Rock music with great hooks and catchy lyrics!

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

First, I think we would have to go with Chris Farley, because we need someone to make us laugh, and he would be so fun to party with. Second, probably Paul McCartney, that way we can sit and listen to him tell amazing stories for hours. Last, probably Peter Griffin from Family Guy. I couldn’t imagine the fun we would have having him tag along. 

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Waffle Crisp, Honey Comb, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are our favorites individually.

4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

Different posters of various shows I have been to. They include the Blink -182 “Self Titled” 10 Year Anniversary show, a Goo Goo Dolls show, Musink art work, etc. 

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

The smell of Michael Jordan cologne reminds me of my middle school times. I am pretty sure they still make it too. I used to wear it to my school dances. This could explain why the girls didn’t want to dance with me haha. I think that smell is forever burned into my nostrils.

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6. Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Gotta stay awake!

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

Every time we read a comment on social media, whether positive or negative, we feel motivated to keep playing. Whether it’s “You guys are awesome, I listen to you everyday”, or “You guys suck, stop playing”, we find motivation in it all.

8. Three words that describe you?

Random, Focused, and Motivated.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Probably Jasmine from Aladdin.

10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

“23” by Jimmy Eat World. Epic way to go out!

23 :: Jimmy Eat World

Editor’s Note: Great song choice, especially the cinematic intro to the song. Have you guys ever covered this song?

I recently discovered The Midway, a local Los Angeles Pop-Punk-Rock band who reminded me quite a bit of Jimmy Eat World and Brand New, with a little Alkaline Trio, thrown in. I encourage everyone to seek out their music and give it a listen. The Midway currently has a 3-song album teaser up on Spotify that will have you itching for Summertime because it is that kind of catchy, movement inducing tunes that seem ready and waiting to be part of your next best Summer playlist.

Stay Tonight 

You can listen to more music from The Midway, and add some of their songs to your new favorite playlist here at Spotifyand watch and listen at YouTube here. You can buy The Midway songs here on iTunes, too.

You can go and get social by “friending” them at Facebook here. Follow their Tweets, and Tweet back at Twitter here.

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I want to thank The Midway, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

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