By Jack Barnes
Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
Mike Ogle: My name is Mike Ogle, I was raised in a small town outside of Oklahoma City. I spent most of my life there until just recently I moved to Denver.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Mike Ogle: I decided to make music my passion early in 2018, so almost a year now.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
Mike Ogle: After high school I had a hard time really knowing who I was. I would party like any other kid but as I got older I still smoked and used drugs daily, pushing me farther down a depressing state of mind. One day I was laying in bed listening to a Lil peep playlist on YouTube and a beat came on, and I just started free styling whatever was on my mind. I got so into it I restarted it and killed the whole beat like 3 times, i got up and was performing it in my mirror and shit. It lifted this heavy weight off of me. That’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do in life, make music. I’ve always been a writer, So writing lyrics almost came natural to me.
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?
Mike Ogle: I don’t know honestly. I make it sound like how I feel at the time of recording.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Mike Ogle: Without a doubt Lil Peep and Mac Miller, R.I.P. to those two legends,$uicide boy$ and ITSOKTOCRY. Those 4 artists made me realize that it is possible to make it in the music industry. But throughout my life I’d listen to Tech N9ne, Parkway Drive, Volumes, A7X, Bullet for my Valentine. I like some older shit too like Jefferson Airplane and Starship, Tool, a perfect circle, the Grateful Dead, the Doors, the Dead Kennedy’s.
Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?
Mike Ogle: When a idea pops in my head for a song, either a Kadence, melody, or lyrics, I’ll record/write it down, then I’ll go through the literal hundreds of lyrics I have and then See what works with it and Then edit it to make sure the lyrics are structured.
Getmybuzzup: What are you currently working on?
Mike Ogle: Absolutely everything lol. I only go out downtown when I hear about a show or something. So at least 5 days a week I wake up, work on music, go to my job, come home, and work on music until I pass out on my laptop. I’m not exaggerating either, I work at a restaurant so i almost always eat at work. If I get burned out on the music side of it I research the business side and when that becomes too much I’ll smoke a cigarette and listen to music I actually like and not my own lol.
Getmybuzzup: What’s it like producing, mixing and mastering your own material?
Mike Ogle: I’ve only had GarageBand for almost 6 months, so I got the basics but I still have so much to learn and It’s incredibly stressful and complicated. I like doing it myself because only I know exactly how I want it to sound. I only have one song out right now that I did 100% myself, I need to remaster it, but the feeling I had when I was finally finished was incredible. Nothing else can compare to it really.
Getmybuzzup: What are you currently working on?
Mike Ogle: Right now I’m focusing on my delivery and lyrical structure. I’m finding my voice and trying to sing, really I’m just getting to know how my voice sounds behind a Microphone and getting more comfortable with myself as an artist.
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?
Mike Ogle: Probably weed or food honestly lol.
Getmybuzzup: What are the must haves when you are in the studio working?
Mike Ogle: Definitely Blue Power-Aid or water.
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Mike Ogle: “Sing from your balls” -KNOX
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?
Mike Ogle: I really hope so. I currently have a couple with my homie Jae Stew, he’s a real one and helped me out when I first got here, he’s also an amazing engineer. But In the future I’m going to collab with My brothers Ceska Sky and Knox. I’d like to do work with another Artist and who I’d call a good friend Brett Deadly AKA Lil Seltrah. I met him in Denver and he helped close a huge gap in developing my music. Another huge milestone I’m trying to reach is doing work with ITSOKTOCRY. He’s very versatile like me and I feel like we could make some dope ass songs.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Mike Ogle: A majority of the people who have heard my music tell me they like my voice and lyrics. But personally my favorite is the beats.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)
Mike Ogle: I need to improve on absolutely everything. Like I said I’ve only been doing this for about a year and I’ve only performed once before. But as long as my next one sounds better than my last one I’ll achieve my dream.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Mike Ogle: I don’t really have one, all time favorite artist is Lil Peep.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Mike Ogle: In my own personal opinion, Lil peep would of been if a horrible incident was prevented. But XXXTENTACION took that throne for many different reasons, in my own personal option. In the course of maybe 2 years, maybe, this teenager took the world by storm. His following started out small, but every one of his supporters were ride or die’s without a doubt. I compare his fans dedication to the dedication of the Manson Family. He definitely helped pave the way for future Independent Artists in means of creating your own Genres.
Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?
Mike Ogle: I haven’t got to work with any Major Artists, YET.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Mike Ogle: I feel as though the current state of music, at least in the type of music I’m trying to get involved in, is oversaturated with artists focusing too much on themselves. Like when an artist is on IG or Snapchat flashing money or guns, listening to their own music, talking about how amazing they are. Basically you go online and see all these rappers “sucking their own d*cks” instead of Good artists making good music.
Getmybuzzup: Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?
Mike Ogle: I’m not sure, I want to perform at Redrock’s Amphitheater I know for sure and South by Southwest.
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Mike Ogle: To be so diverse that every person on earth likes at least one of my songs, and to buy my loved ones their dream car.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Mike Ogle: Anyone who’s been hurt or broken, anyone who’s loved or happy, anyone who’s lost or who’s found. Most importantly they have to understand and respect drugs and their drug use. Mainly because my lyrics can be misinterpreted.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
Mike Ogle: My lack of ego.
Getmybuzzup: When you are not in the studio, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Mike Ogle: I leave my room to go to work, smoke, or to get food. Other than sleep all my other time is dedicated too music.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your favorite book & movie?
Mike Ogle: I found this book called “Unwind” in high school and couldn’t put it down. That’s actually what inspired me to start writing again. My favorite movie is definitely “Blow” with Johnny Depp. I could watch it every night.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
Mike Ogle: Definitely Skrim from Suicide Boys.
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Mike Ogle: The biggest highlight honestly would be the fact I’m being taken serious as a artist.
Getmybuzzup: What is your dream venue to perform at?
Mike Ogle: Probably Red Rocks here in Denver.
Getmybuzzup: What artist music are you currently a fan of?
Mike Ogle: Lately I’ve been into ITSOKTOCRY heavy, also Travis Scott’s new album ASTROWORLD. Zillakami, My homie Lil Seltrah, and Doobie.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
Mike Ogle: I’ve only had one live performance, but since I’m so tall I would kneel down at the front of the stage and make eye contact, making it more like I’m telling a story to them other than rapping to everybody. I try to make it more personal to them.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live and the crowd is singing along; how does that energy make you feel?
Mike Ogle: My first performance was with my homie Jae Stew, we played at Cervantes and the Other side in Denver, I was super nervous just because like I’ve never been up in-front of a crowd, I didn’t even like talking about my music at that time. I remember being on stage and Jae Stew finished his piece, the beat to “we lit” started playing and it was like a do or die moment, and I hit the drop and just killed it. We had a 30 minute set, I did 3 of my own songs and 2 with Jae Stew, and this group of girls got really into it and they were cheering and dancing and the feeling was unlike one I ever felt before, the best way I can describe it is the feeling you right right before you fight, and the feeling right before you have sex, mixed together.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Mike Ogle: I recently got in touch with Clockwork Entertainment so for the next 6 months I’m going to be working on my Artist Development, Recording in professional studio, creating my EPK, and developing my sound. Also I’ll dropping singles along the way.
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you want to add?
Mike Ogle: I’ve always felt out of place growing up, everyone would be following the same path and criticizing those who didn’t. Like the typical grow up, get a job, get married have kids, retire, have grandchildren. I don’t want grandchildren, I want my friends to have kids. I don’t want a job or to retire, I want a career and passion for what I do until I die. I don’t want to get married I want to love my soulmate everyday and every night. I don’t want to grow up, I want to see my friends and family every weekend, throw a huge party, talk about bullshit or cry to each other. I want to smoke a fat blunt and drink beer and tell stories. Pass out cuddling the love of my life and wake up eat breakfast and do it all over again. Until that day comes, I will not stop working towards my dream.
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
Honestly if you just google Mountain Mike the Crimson Canine my Facebook comes up, I’m On YouTube, SoundCloud, about to be on Spotify. Here are some links https://soundcloud.com
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