Byron Bay Bluesfest

Take 5 with Michael League from Snarky Puppy. Discover The Soundtrack To His Life!

16 September 2016

Take 5 with Michael League from Snarky Puppy. Discover the soundtrack to his life and biggest musical influences.

Snarky Puppy's bandleader Michael League takes 5 minutes to share with us some of the artists and songs that have shaped his life.

What is the one song that reminds you of growing up and why?

‘Rocky Racoon’ by The Beatles. It was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar. It was also the song my best friend and I used to sing at every high school party.

What is the song that gets you up on the dance floor everytime?

‘No Diggity’ by Blackstreet. My guilty pleasure.

What is the song that’s always busted out when no one is around - why?

There aren’t a lot of songs I’m ashamed to listen to, but maybe ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears. I love that song.

What is the song on high rotation in your car at the moment?

I don’t have a car, but the song I’m listening to the most right now at home is a song called ‘Dying Star’ from Maz’s ‘Idealist’ record. He’s actually a member in Snarky Puppy, but he has a vocal project as well and a beautiful record out October 14th.

What was your wedding song (or what would it be)?

I definitely haven’t thought about a wedding song, or a wedding for that matter, but ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’. ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ is an amazing song, by Paul McCartney of course.

Your favourite song to cover at the moment?

We don’t really do cover songs, but we did just play ‘Phenomenal Women’ with Laura Mvula in Italy and it was so much fun.

Laura Mvula is also appearing at Bluesfest 2017.

If you could sing a duet with anyone dead or alive who would it be and what would be the song?

If I could sing a duet with anyone it has to be Tom Petty, and I would want to sing ‘It’s Good To Be King’.

Your all time Blues hero is….why?

My all time blues hero would have to be Albert King. He was the first blues guy that I’ve ever heard, and I learned so many of his solos when I was just learning to play the guitar in high school. It was an education in expression and communication with so little. No frills, just straight soul. Amazing, definitely my favourite.

Snarky Puppy perform at Bluesfest in 2017 for the first time on opening night ( 13th April) and Good Friday ( 14th April) and are also touring, playing 2 shows at Melbourne Recital Centre and The Enmore Theatre. Tickets and info here


Michael League. Soundtrack To His Life: Spotify Playlist


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