>> Peter Michel, Seattle based artist, has come a long way from recording his first album in a walk-in closet! His dream-pop has evolved into a very therapeutic method of sharing his ongoing battle with anxiety and depersonalization. Depersonalization is a disorder identified by feeling disengaged from the mind and body, as if someone is an outsider viewing their own self. Music isn't the only thing that helps Peter cope, he is also a licensed mechanic! Check out our interview with him below!
So, thus far you’ve had two very different ways of recording your music, thus far which one do you think yields the “truest sound”?
I’m not sure about “truest sound”, as the way I think and write is constantly changing, they’re just different. But lyrically, on ‘Something Familiar’ I was being the most true to myself. I delved deeper and spent a lot of time focused on being honest with what I was saying.
Do you remember the first time you were working on a car and thought, “Oh yeah, this is the good stuff?”
I was in Colorado Springs and our van broke down. We took it to a mechanic we found on craigslist, and he ended up needing a bit of my help. That’s when I first remember feeling super stoked on it.
Do you find that the thought processes differ largely when working on a car or working on an album?
Absolutely. When I’m working on an album I’m almost 100% in my head. Worried about micro details and obsessing over the smallest things. Time moves very slowly. When working on cars time moves incredibly quickly, and my focus is undivided to fixing an issue that doesn’t reflect my anxiety.
In your new album you’re a lot more open and wil