Song Swap: Micki Balder
Song Swap w/ Micki Balder

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INSTRUMENTS PLAYED:
Guitar, a little piano (but really just guitar)

HOMETOWN:
Boston

CURRENTLY RESIDE:
Denver

Micki Balder is a folksy singer-songwriter writing sad songs for happy people (and ever so occasionally, happy songs for sad people!). Her music is born from a live-long desire to be a character in a musical, unapologetically singing her feelings for the world through simple and poignant lyrics.

Though she’s been dabbling with music her whole life, it wasn’t until 2018 when a friendship’s moment of truth unveiled itself in the middle of a Denver coffee shop. She walked home, wrote a song, and has been writing ever since, now a regular at local music venues around her Colorado home. Micki writes from a place of vulnerable storytelling, with people and relationships at the core of her music.

She’s been compared to modern folk bands like The Weepies and Mipso, along with classic songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, but she draws inspiration from all over the spectrum — the swing and soul music of her lindy hop days, the earthy folk of Gregory Alan Isakov and Mandolin Orange, the candor and dry humor of John Craigie, or the heartbreak of Sara Bareilles, to name a few.

Bio excerpt from mickibalder.com

10 Questions

1. What comes first, music or lyrics?
Loose lyrical ideas, then music and real lyrics together

2. Who is one of your biggest influences yet your music sounds NOTHING like them?
Gregory Alan Isakov

3. Favorite band name
The Moldy Peaches

4. Go-to karaoke song
Fuck You by CeeLo Green or Valerie by Amy Winehouse

5. Most moving musical experience (not one of your own shows)
Before I moved to Denver, I went to see Joe Pug and Anais Mitchell play in Fort Collins, and for his last song Joe Pug came off the stage and everyone gathered around him and he sang Hymn #101 unplugged basically in the dark, and it was pure magic.

6. You’ve been asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a major sporting event. Accept or Decline?
Accept

7. Craziest or funniest thing that ever happened at a gig?
I got nothin. I’ll have to ponder this one.

8. What are you currently working on?
Fleshing out a pseudo band, and slowly chipping away at a song list for my next album.

9. Currently listening to?
Bella White

10. Your next gig is playing a one-song concert for a world wide audience. Which of your songs would you play and why?
“Lookin For You” It seems to be everyone’s favorite, and it’s mellow (which I like) but not sad. I don’t write a lot of love songs, but I like that one.

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