Mike Clerk is a Scottish Singer-Songwriter and Keep Movin’ is his second release. Phenomenal. The best song you’ll hear all week. Piano chords appear on top of a fuzzy guitar riff. Understated vocals. A massive sound. Reflecting on a dizzying few months, Mike said “Since I put the first single out it all went a bit wild. I never expected it to be honest, as I’ve not even been able to gig yet - and especially during a time like this where most of the industry is really struggling. I mean, I have mates that do sound engineering and tour managing for some huge bands that are having to get jobs at Amazon to keep themselves afloat - it’s beyond brutal, so I never expected to end up in a position to be signing anything apart from mail deliveries. It’s the main reason why I’ve still never bothered approaching any record labels to work with on putting out the album. It’d just be bad manners to go knocking on anyone's door while they’ve got their own problems to deal with”.
Above Mike Clerk sounds as humble as ever but new single Keep Movin’ certainly doesn’t lack an edge or attitude. Stream our Single Of The Week here.
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