Mike Carver keeps busy as a player, producer and promoter
Mike Carver seems to be a man of half a million hats. He’s in: Milks & Rectangles (although, they’re on hiatus while Christian is in England, working together mostly via e-mail); The drummer for North Lakes, who will be going to NxNE and also S.C.E.N.E Festival in St. Catherines; Fox & the Hound with Emilee Sorrey (which is currently being re-imagined).
He just finished up a year and a half at Music PEI where he produced the gala show for Music PEI 2013. This gave him the opportunity to dive into producing on a bigger scale. He was heavily influenced by Jules Holland and having 6ish bands on stage at once, took the idea down a few notches and did 2 bands on stage, Paper Lions and Two Hours Traffic as headliners, with a focus on the stories behind the songs. It was filmed, so that should be released online this summer.
Oh, but wait, there’s more! He produced Night Danger Stage during the ECMAs for the past 3 years with support from CBC Radio 3. The most recent (sold out) Night Danger show was held at The Marquee in Halifax which brought in roughly 550 attendees. He also recently started a new festival for Charlottetown called Charlottetown POP (pop as in popular). It’s going to be held in September and will be span 3 days. Submissions should be open now.
But that clearly wasn’t enough to keep him busy. The big thing that’s happening right now is the start of Fountain Pop Records, a label he is starting with Paper Lions. It’s going to revolve around Paper Lions and their upcoming album (name forthcoming), but down the road will be welcoming other artists.
Mike seems to be pretty well immersed in music. I think that’s a pretty nice place to be, so got the scoop on finding some sweet new tunes. He reads Exclaim, Pitchfork every now and then, checks out the openers at festivals, AUX TV, Spin, Q (qthemusic.com, from the UK) who features U2 a lot which is a band that seems to be close to Mike’s heart, CBC Radio 3/Grant Lawrence, Q (Jian Ghomeshi), CBC 2.
Mike has been to a lot of shows, played a lot of shows, and produced a lot of shows. I had to ask: What was his favourite? “For playing, the funnest one was the rooftop of Timothy’s and Green Man last May the day we were releasing our record. We didn’t tell any media so we didn’t promote it at all. Moments before, I picked a couple of key social media freaks and said ‘Can you tweet that?’”
“I’m terrified of heights, though. We had a scissor lift to get up, and just getting me up on the roof was an event itself.”
TL;DR: North Lakes are currently writing their next album which is due out hopefully in the fall, Fountain Pop Records is gearing up to release Paper Lions’ next album, Charlottetown POP currently taking submissions for the fall festival. Between now and then keep an eye on random shows popping up from Mike and also the North Lakes.
I leave you with some sage advice from Mr. Carver: “Keep going to shows!”