Mitch Burger

Posted by Christopher Rudder

Mitch Burgers music reminds me of some sorta 80's rebellion activist. Talking Heads meets Public Enemy theme/score music to Will Smith in I Am Legend. Half singing, half preaching and occasional screaming to get his emotional point accross. There's a war going on outside no-one is safe from with songs like Lies, Fear, Hypocrisy Slit My Wrists and Road to Ruin makes you wonder if we are on the losing end of this battle...

Mitch Burger has finally released his debut album “Reactive” on High Rip Music. This album contains nine original songs entirely written, performed, and produced by Mitch Burger himself. Reactive contains a unique mix of alternative rock such as Nine Inch Nails and Tool with a more electronic sound reminiscent of Skinny Puppy and Autechre. Mitch Burger is a singer-songwriter from central New Jersey. Over the years he has played bass in a number of notable Jersey based bands such as Severed Hand, Eternity Void, and the Bob Burger Band. Now, Mitch Burger is ready to step out onto his own with what will surely be one of the most talked about releases in the coming year.

Listen to "Utter Hoplessness" by Mitch Burger

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CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and to RogueMag. How Are You?

Mitch Burger: I am doing great. Thanks for taking the time to interview me

CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

Mitch Burger: I am also the guitar player in a band called Endless Lament.

CR: As an artist, the musical journey is a long (trust me I know) and can not be done by oneself. Who are some of the people in your life who have supported you and continue to support you through you musical career.

Mitch Burger: I would definitely say my Dad. He’s always had a recording studio in the basement of my parents’ house and encouraged me to get into music. I’m pretty sure I was the only kid in my kindergarten class who knew how to work a 16 track tape deck.

CR: Who are the musical legends that influenced you growing up, and/or affected your musical career and who are the unsigned artists you respect and love

Mitch Burger: The Beatles and Pink Floyd were the first groups that really influenced me, I was really into the more psychedelic aspects of their music, there was so much to immerse into. Later on, I got more into bands such as Metallica, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, and Nine Inch Nails. The Fragile is what really initially inspired me to work on my own music, and do everything from the writing to the performance and production myself. As far as unsigned bands go, back when Roots of Rebellion were around, I had the most respect for them.

CR: With the emergence of Online Independent Music Labels such as iTunes that can market/promote music primarily through the internet medium via the assistance of the burgeoning online communication networks such as myspace.com, do you think that the major record labels in the world will eventually cease to be the gatekeepers to musicians seeking lucrative sales and worldwide acclaim.

Mitch Burger: Major labels I think will still be the gatekeepers, but on a smaller scale. Places like iTunes are great in sort of leveling the playing field, in that it is just as easy for someone to find my music on there, as say, Lil’ Wayne. However, more people would know to look for Lil’ Wayne than me, since the major labels have more money, and can therefore still more easily promote and publicize their artists. People have to know to come to your myspace page, and a lot of people are not interested in searching out for new music themselves, they will have the major labels shove whatever they’re selling down their throats. With that said, there is obviously a lot more opportunities for musicians to do quite well under the radar. I am pretty sure if this was fifteen years ago, I would not be able to release my record, and if I did, it would be way harder to promote it.

CR: I’m gonna say a few words...tell me the first thing that comes to mind...lets start with your name Mitch Burger...

Mitch Burger: Cheese

CR: Change

Mitch Burger: Spare

CR: Journey

Mitch Burger: Foreigner, Boston

CR: Destination

Mitch Burger: The final…

CR: Life

Mitch Burger: The game of…

CR: Favourite word to cuss with

Mitch Burger: Fuck

CR: Least favourite word

Mitch Burger: Interoperability

CR: Favourite word to cuss with

Mitch Burger: Fuck

CR: For all of our readers who will hear some of your songs, read the interview and become instant fans; tell them where they can learn more about you, your music, any upcoming projects, events or albums. Tell everyone your website addresses?

Mitch Burger: I would say the best, most up to date place would be my website, which is [url=http://www.mitchburger.com/]http://www.mitchburger.com/[/url], or they could also go to [url=http://www.myspace.com/mitchburgermusic]http://www.myspace.com/mitchburgermusic[/url] or [url=http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mitch-burger/id348525808?ign-mpt=uo%3D4]http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mitch-burger/id348525808?ign-mpt=uo%3D4[/url]

CR: Cool, on behalf of the PulpMag Familia I wanna personally thank you for taking the time out to chit-chat with me. Keep on pushing and we will work together again!!!

Mitch Burger: I look forward to it.