Michael A. Galianos is a singer/songwriter from Bergenfield, NJ. He has recorded one EP and two albums since 1997, beginning with the EP “Feel”, under the moniker of M.A.G. (Mad Ass Greecians). In 2006, he released his first full length, “Cerebral Snapshots”. In 2011, he released his second album, “Beautiful Discovery”. His sound is melodious pop/rock, along the vein of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Big Star, with the occasional delve into the experimental. Over 745 stations around the US began playing tracks off of “Beautiful Discovery” in 2011, giving Galianos his first glimpse of national coverage. We’e interviewed Michael once before, so we checked in again to see what has changed since we last spoke!
Entertwine: Hi Michael, how have you been since we last spoke? What influenced the writing and recording of your new single ‘Wonder’? I’ve been doing pretty well, thanks for asking! “Wonder” is mainly about past relationships and observations of relationships in general.
What can you tell us about Bergenfield, New Jersey? Bergenfield is a pretty nice town . It has history good and bad , but mostly good. It was a part of a town called Schraalenburgh.
What is the music scene of your hometown and the surrounding area like? My hometown is mostly cover bands for the most part but the surrounding areas are alive with original music.
Do you (or have you) perform(ed) around New Jersey? Yes I have performed in and around New jersey quite a few times, including the Javits center.
What does your writing and recording process look and sound like? The writing process usually begins with me playing some random chords on the guitar or keyboard and then it just seems to happen, I’ll get a feeling and the emotions are played out on the guitar or keyboard. The lyrics are usually a story or experience and I just start to sing some ideas and it just all falls in place . Sometimes it’s your experience and some times you try to write it through someone else’s perspective.
How have you been able to remain so productive, creativity and musically-speaking, on such a consistent basis? I don’t know honestly, I feel very blessed that I have been able to but I can’t really tell you how. I’m just thankful I can.
What hobbies and activities do you enjoy outside of music? I really enjoy spending time with family and friends , watching sports and movies, going for a drive, seeing a live show, going to a cafe.
What do the remaining months of 2015 hold in store for Michael A. Galianos? Are you currently working on new material? Well , I hope to do some shows in the north east US for now…Absolutely there will be a second heavier version of Wonder followed by a calibration with Dan Exactly called My Heart Is Breaking.