To ever truly reach musical success an artist must reach a point where he decides that music is his full time work and dive in fully to focus on only that leaving all other things on the side of the road. This is not a journey to be taken lightly. We recently found an artist that has taken this leap. Let us introduce you to Signal-to-Noise.
The project is the brainchild of Chicago native Michael Downing. He alone acts as the songwriter, musician, and producer for Signal-to-Noise. Back in December 2014 he took the leap of faith and every bit of savings he had and jumped into becoming a full-time musician. The fears of everything will still be there but the joy of living the experience of life doing what he truly wants will overpower that. As Michael puts it “Signal-to-Noise is a reminder to live in the present, look inwards, turn down the noise, and find your signal.”
In January Downing locked himself in his Chicago apartment to write, record and produce a full length debut from Signal-to-Noise. The result came quickly and I Won’t Let The World Become A Prison has been released to the world. The 11 track record has an indie electro rock feel that is hard to pin down. Right from the opener “Firebox” and its minimalistic atmospheric sounds mixed with a dark lyrical delivery you know you are in for something different. There are many influences heard throughout such as a seemingly electro-country vibe in “Rivals”. Each song keeps the listener guessing where the Signal-to-Noise will go next. On “Night Owl” he manages to create a futuristic landscape of sound that he tells a deep story over. Beautifully eerie. By the time you get to the closer “Presque Vu” the sounds seem to come at you from everywhere and you have a true relationship with the singer and his way of sharing his deepest thoughts and feelings with you. This is a very powerful listen that should be heard start to finish. Dive into the Signal-to-Noise world at: http://findyoursignal.com/