Welcome to VENTS! We are chatting today with Michael B. Whit. Tell us more about yourself and how you got into music?
First of all, thanks for tapping in with me, VENTS; I appreciate y’all taking up the time to hear from me. Well, I’m a coal miner’s son & a P.K (for those that don’t know, that stands for Preachers Kid). I grew up (Mom, Dad, and five sisters) in a small town near St. Louis, MO, close enough to catch the occasional big city influence but still far enough to not be “totally” included. That town is now called Cahokia Heights, Like the Cahokia Mounds Region, you read about in history. I’d say I grew up in a pretty normal all-American lifestyle where (outside of our strict religious background) we all played sports, fished, hunted, and, most importantly, “Had Church.”
All my life, we would wake to praying, praising, and singing. Because my family was into ministry (From Grandma to the youngest capable), most of us had to play our role of singing and playing instruments, and in my case, before I was out of diapers. So for as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved music. So I don’t think I “Got Into Music” I feel like I was born into Music.
We hear you have a new release on the way, ‘Taking the Dog’ What can you tell us about the new release – we want the scoop!
Awe, man, it’s a gutbucket, Country Jam! The storyline is about two buddies that return home from a wild night to find that they’ve both been kicked out of the house and left with nothing, so they take the most precious thing in the place, the Dog. I teamed up with my bro Asher Cataldo down in Wartrace, Tennessee, as a country duet.
Did you write ‘Taking the Dog’? What is your writing process like?
Yes, as co-write with Asher and Multi-Platinum producer Joe Capo Kent. My writing process changes depending on my mood. Sometimes it’s traditional, where I grab my guitar or sit at the piano, play some chords and write out the lyrics. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the freedom of turning the mic on and just freestyling each bar until the song is complete. I’ve found that the sporadic thoughts seem more honest & relatable as to getting the pen and pad and trying to force something profound out. I’m having fun with it.
What do you hope fans feel or take away after hearing your music?
I’m a coal miner’s son; I hope that my music reminds people that we are all accountable for one another and that none of us are exempt from life sending us toward deep, dark portals. I’m also a P.K; I hope that my life and music show the light at the end of those tunnels. So we’re going to laugh, cry, get mad, and be glad all before my E.P “Before September” plays the last song.
Share with us which artist has had the greatest impact on your sound and why?
Hunter Hayes, I just saw so much of myself in him. The quirky, cool, nerdy child prodigy vibes added with the ability to sing with passion and soul are all the things I can Identify also in my sound. I might just be a little darker both in complexion and subject matter sometimes, lol.
Thank you for your time. Where can we find you on socials and check out more of your music?
It’s EASY; I’m Michael B. Whit on every platform. Thank you so much for having me.