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a bit about Michael
What are you working on these days?
A personal “journal” of music attempting to document the trajectory and evolution of a relationship, but in a very vague and conceptual way. Even stranger is that there are no words, just music. It might be the most honest work i’ve ever done. I can’t seem to finish it though. I think i’m waiting for that final spark.
What drives you mad these days?
The presidential election. It all seems so dire and hopeless.
What makes you happy?
Walking or biking around Brooklyn in the summertime.
When was the last time you cried?
I was watching a documentary about autistic adults in love relationships. There was a really moving scene at one point that featured a marriage proposal. I immediately started balling my eyes out, but they were tears of joy.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
The album Piano Nights by Bohren & Der Club of Gore. Perfect music to chill to on a hot summer night. Lately, i’ve also been into this artist named Ian William Craig, who is a classically trained opera singer, but he utilizes his voice in unique and interesting ways to create music that is both deeply emotive yet experimental.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos. The movie was brilliant and very strange, but it was also an absurd love story, which is always the best kind.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
My go-to is the J.Crew Men’s Shop on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. They have a well curated selection from their catalog at this location, and I also take a bit of enjoyment from having to ride an elevator to get to the shop. Makes me feel like a sophisticated businessman.
What’s your go-to café in New-York City?
I would have to say my favorite cafe in the city is Fortunato Brothers in Williamsburg. It is an old-school Italian cafe & bakery that has the best cannoli, strongest espresso, and a cat named Rocco, who if you are lucky, will jump in your lap and let you pet him.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in New-York City but never actually do?
I wish I attended more local music shows like I used to when I first arrived in New York.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
Brian Eno. I would love to sit and have a chat with him about music, philosophy, New York in the 70’s and 80’s, everything really. I’d just love to pick his brain. I’d probably take him to Fortunato Brothers as i’ve been known to spend hours there talking with friends over coffee and pastries.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
If I had to leave the house but wanted shelter from the rain, I would probably catch a film at any of the many great cinemas the city has to offer.
What’s that place in New-York City you feel like only you know about?
A place that I feel is a bit of a secret or at least not very well-known is the Dream House. It is an unassuming space located in a floor of a high-rise in Manhattan. Upon entering, you are bombarded by neon pink hues of light and constant ambient drones percolating from various speakers situated throughout the space. It is a special place to me because the environment and resultant headspace that I enter into when i’m there is such a drastic dichotomy from the bustle of the city just outside its windows.
If tomorrow was your last day in New-York City before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
I’d spend the day wandering around Brooklyn, trying to revisit all my old neighborhoods. Then at night, my friends and I would congregate on a stoop, drinking 40s until morning.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Bed-Stuy. I’m about to move to this neighborhood, and to me, it has the total feel of my home borough, Brooklyn.
What’s the spot in New-York City you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
I’d gather up my friends and hit up a nice dive bar and possibly do some karaoke.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Biking around Brooklyn, working on music, seeing a film, or checking out a new bar or restaurant that I haven’t been to. I’ve been living in New York for almost ten years, and i’m still discovering new things all the time.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
It really depends on the occasion. On a typical night, or if I want to unwind from my workday, I like to enjoy a good cocktail, so I may go to Leyenda or Clover Club in Carroll Gardens, where i’ve had some of the best cocktails.