The Local 303: Colorado Artists We’re Featuring for December 2020 – Colorado Public Radio
Hometown(s): Denver, CO – Santa Fe, NM
Latest Release: “One of Many Ends…” EP, Cloud Command Sound, Sep. 25 2020
About: During his first few years of recording and performing, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Marchant was described as “one of Denver’s most admired songwriters and performers” by the Denver Post and “one of Denver’s most celebrated songwriters” by Westword. The AV Club wrote that Marchant’s early projects “demonstrated a lackadaisical mastery of dreamy, druggy indie folk.” In 2018, Marchant returned from a long hiatus with an atmospheric indie rock project called Lightning Cult. Steady Circuits—”space-pop made with hardware electronics, tube amps, and human hands,” says Marchant—is his first post-hiatus solo project.
What’s it like being a musician in 2020: It feels like business as usual, in that I usually work alone in my own studio and don’t really tour or perform anymore. During the pandemic, I’ve been more focused and productive than ever. My goal as an artist has always been to create worlds for people to get lost in, and that feels particularly important right now. I know that there’s a lot happening that’s much more important than my songs, so sometimes they feel insignificant, but I continue to hear from listeners who are finding relief in the exploration of my weird little worlds. That’s fuel to me.