We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mike, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has played a major part in my life. I dropped out of college and had no plan B. I knew i wanted to be a touring musician and have music be my full time job. So in my mind i decided to put all my effort into making that happen. I feel that if you prepare to fail and put 50 percent into your dream and the other 50 into a back up plan, then you’re just setting yourself up to fail. I kind of used the fact of not having a back up plan or a safety net as motivation to make sure i succeeded. In a nut shell i feel that life is too short to not take chances. I would much rather try and fail then not try and wish i had.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are a very DIY centered band. We do all our own music videos, mixing and mastering, booking, design work, etc. We learned how to do a lot of this stuff out of necessity. We never had all the money in the world to spend on this stuff so we started doing it ourselves. It wasn’t easy and it still isn’t. We’re working our tails off everyday and even though its a lot of work, we love it and wouldn’t change it for anything. The main thing we’ve learned is never give up no matter how tough it gets.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Plaza Midwood in Charlotte, NC is probably our go to spot. A lot of venues we play at are there and its a very fun artsy part of town.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents were very supportive and still are. I owe them for supporting my decision in dropping out and perusing music. I also owe my best friend and band mate, Atticus Lane, for pushing me to keep going.

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