Name: Radio Nowhere (Mike Baker)
Location: California, USA
Generic Genre Labeling: Pop-Rock
Forced Comparison: Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Tom Petty, REM (not James Taylor!)
Official Website: http://www.radionowhere.net/
Bandcamp Site: https://radionowhere.bandcamp.com/
Assigned Rock and Goal position: Central Defender (Drummer)
Radio Nowhere sounds like:
I was thrilled to have Californian based singer/songwriter* Radio Nowhere (aka Mike Baker) as my first guest on the podcast. He was one of the first artists I discovered when I first came across bandcamp.com in around 2009/2010, so it seemed fitting that he kick the show off.
Over the course of the interview, I found out about his childhood musical awakening, that pretending to be a cow can be quite rewarding, that being held up at gunpoint in Mexico can make for a great song and that wives can be your harshest critic (actually, I already knew that one!).
Singer/songwriter: for most people, the term still brings to mind the sound of one voice and a fingerpicked guitar, or a quiet piano, sketching a monochromatic study of one individual’s emotional landscape. Mike Baker, who performs and records as the Northern California alternative pop/rock act Radio Nowhere, is not that kind of singer/songwriter.
Possessed by kaleidoscopic musical visions and a tendency to spend more time singing about hostage crises than inner pain, Baker plays a whole pawnshop’s worth of different instruments and handles all of the engineering and production chores in solo pursuit of his own brand of panoramic sound.
It’s an amalgam of loud guitars, mistreated beatboxes, catchy choruses and a reverence for classic pop song form that marks Radio Nowhere as something like the missing link between Tom Petty and Duran Duran. Fans who’ve always loved these artists, plus Neil Finn, Aimee Mann, Counting Crows and Elvis Costello, but wished that they’d turn their guitars up a little bit, will definitely notice a kindred spirit at work in Radio Nowhere.