July 22, 2019
You may know recent alum Micah Lindley from behind the drums in chapel, or front and center at Bryan Talent Shows and student concerts. His first full-length album released just a few days ago on July 20, and we were excited to chat with him about the themes of the album, the recording process, and his own music influences.
1. You play a lot of instruments – when did you start, and how long have you been making your own music?
Well, I started playing drums when I was 13. My brother was actually the one interested in drums at the time, so my family found a little drum kit at the local music shop for us to mess around on. A great friend of mine and Bryan graduate, Caleb Doolittle, informed me at the time that he was starting a band and needed a drummer. It went from there, and I’ve been playing drums and writing music with Caleb ever since. I started playing guitar just a couple of years ago because I wanted to challenge myself with something new. I had done very little with songwriting at that point, until a little over a year ago when Chandler Prisk inspired me to write and record my own music. He released his first inspiring EP which was very inspirational and I was very inspired. I also play a little piano and sing, thanks to my mom and one of my best friends from high school who shoved me (almost literally) into choir. I also play a mean Otamatone.
2. What was the writing and recording process like?
Writing for this album actually started in August of 2018 and lasted until the day before we were in the studio, even making a couple changes the day of recording certain songs. As soon as the dust had settled a bit from the release of Stupid Feelings, I realized how much I wanted to keep writing, so I started immediately. I already knew I wanted the next album to have a more serious tone to it. I also knew I wanted to challenge myself and make a music video, but that was honestly just a hope at that point. Even so, I intentionally wrote Core to not only accurately describe the real-life feelings and circumstances I was in, but to also parallel with a story that I had started getting ideas for while writing Stupid Feelings. It all came together better than I ever thought it would. My mind was blown seeing the ways that God was showing Himself to me through studying the Word and the themes I wanted to focus on in this album. The album was recorded almost in full at Take22 Studio in Goodlettsville, TN, run by Caleb Doolittle. The little bit that we did not get finished I recorded at my home. We recorded in January of this year and both myself and Caleb have been mixing and mastering the tracks for the past several months. I also got to work again with Michael Jones, who is an extraordinary musician who contributed more than I could have asked for to this music.
3. What are some themes you’re exploring on this album?
The primary focus of this album comes from truths seen in scripture. We are all inherently evil and broken human beings, born into a world governed by invisible powers and forces fighting for possession of our souls. Even though we will struggle, we can ultimately find confidence and hope in Jesus Christ who gives us identity and purpose through His love. This sacrifice to make me pure, a gift to make my hope secure.
4. What’s your personal favorite track, and why?
To be honest, I love every track on this album. Every single song ended up being more than I imagined when writing, thanks to incredible creatives who helped bring it all together. I’m sitting here trying to think of a favorite but I really can’t. If I absolutely HAD to pick a SINGLE favorite, I guess it would be Center of Attention, but even as I say that I want to pick at least three others. The reason I like Center of Attention is because it’s very personal (I mean, they all are… but anyway). It’s basically my thought process that happens when something doesn’t go right or how I had planned. I begin to realize (but in fact overthink and potentially lie to myself about) how self-oriented I am. This bothers me because I’ve always been someone who has wanted to focus on others more than myself. The lyrics ended up portraying what I was feeling and wanting to say at the time very accurately. That normally doesn’t happen easily. I also like Truth Is. And Identity. I really do like all of them.
5. Which artists are some of your biggest influences?
The biggest influences in my own music and writing are twenty one pilots, RED, Brian Reith, Paramore, King’s Kaleidoscope, and Panic! at the Disco, to name a few. These are definitely my biggest inspirations though, and as diverse as they are in sound, you will find elements of inspiration from all of them on this album.
6. What are your plans for your music in the future?
This is entirely up to God. I’m not entirely sure what the future holds. It’s a little bit up in the air at this point, but I’m hoping to do some shows soon. I would LOVE to come back to Bryan to do a show. Maybe that will get worked out. Other than that, I’ve already begun some more writing…
7. Where can we find your music?
You can find my music basically anywhere you can find music. People prefer Spotify and Apple Music cause it’s free and you can find me there, but my music is also on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon available for purchase. (Which is probably the greatest feeling ever. Having someone buy your music. You don’t have to though. But you can.) I also have a YouTube channel where you can find the first music video of many to come from my music.
8. Anything else you’d like to add?
To anyone reading this or who listens to my music, thank you. You don’t know how much that means to me. You are a beautiful human being if you do. Really, it’s beyond a blessing and a half. Also, go check out Caleb Doolittle (CalebJames), Michael Jones, Chandler Prisk, Jordan Bates, and Lance (the Rapper). These guys are brilliant musicians and creatives and they’ve been with me and supported me since the start. They are all very talented and definitely worth your time. You can find most of them on Spotify right now, if not soon. (Lance is on SoundCloud.) Once again, thank you.
P.S. Thanks to Gary for writing the drums for the breakdown on Pressure. 😉
Thanks, Micah, for talking to us, and we can’t wait to have your album on repeat!