Who Is…

Ian Mykel

I want to address something. With this new approach to this blog I am intentionally delving into the world of Capitalism by writing for SEO. I’m not posting ads so it’s not click-bait but it still feels kind of crummy. Making money from my music has never been a goal for me. I stopped playing live in my twenties because for me to make money in music meant giving up the artistic part of me, the wanderer, the seeker of truth, all that sort of stuff, and I didn’t want to do that. Making money isn’t as interesting to me as having someone listen.

I write songs in exploration of different genres as a way to better understand different emotions, as a quest to understand humanity. I write songs in any style I’m capable of, from simple parlor tunes for piano, to adventurous approaches to rock, jazz, blues, and maybe a little country thrown in. I guess I would have to classify myself as Americana.

I’ve played a variety of instruments and styles with different bands performing Folk, Punk, Noise, Carnival, Rock, Bluegrass, and Jam / Rave. I have spent many years as a stay-at-home dad. When I wasn’t picking up the house, or spending time with my kids (now older), I would duck into my home studio to write, record, and improve my skills.

I received a B.S. at Ohio University in Audio Production and have had a home studio ever since. My passion has always been in creating what I consider to be music that shows emotion, approaching lyrics as a necessary yet unpleasant part of songwriting, usually meant to emphasis the emotions of the music. At times I simply build songs so that I can write guitar solos for them (I’m a little bit proud of some of my solos).

My father bought me a cheap guitar when I was fifteen. During my later teens (and beyond) I learned many instruments and performed with a number of instruments heard on my recordings over the years. I mostly limit myself to the guitar, bass, drums, and piano, each in my own untrained way. Most of my music is done completely using real instruments, unless encouraged otherwise by style or practicality.

I live in Columbus OH, where I occasionally perform at an open mic, and where I currently am in a separate project drumming for the Easy Least. You can listen to my music at https://ianmykel.bandcamp.com

Thanks for visiting.