Where in the world is Mike Baretz right now? Probably mixing his next track in his East Village apartment where there are more compressors and preamps than hoodies in the closet. Mike Baretz is a singer, songwriter and producer who blends r&b/groove-infused production, pop-conscious melodies, and high-level musicianship that emanates through his versatile catalog. His diversified style comes from his range of influences, with artists from John Mayer to D’angelo to Charlie Puth. Mike has studied with 2x Grammy award-winning composer Herschel Garfein, and is mentored by artist developer and pianist Vera Tisheff (Leonard Bernstein, Earl “Fatha” Hines). When he is not honing his pianistic technique or arranging a string quartet to be performed at Juilliard, he is selling out shows at Muchmore’s, Cornelia Street Cafe, and other venues in the NYC/Brooklyn area with just him, a guitar or piano, and a computer. His latest single, “Foolish to Try” recently released in mid November, and there is no way that you’ll be able to get it out of your head.
Rarenorm: “Why did you make this song? What do you want to achieve in your music career? When did you start loving music and what are you creating next?”
I made this song after a heartbreak experience and originally had it in more of a jazz-oriented style, and then rewrote a lot of in when producing it to give it that vibe but maintain that emotional connection and vulnerability it had.
In my music career, I want to be an artist, but as well write and produce for other people. Going on tour and playing my songs for other people is a dream that I hope to accomplish.
I started playing guitar when I was 11 and since (I’m 20 now) then it been nonstop playing whether its guitar, piano, bass or working on production and mixing. After that door opened in my life I haven’t looked back for a second. This is my second single and am currently record and mixing my next batch of songs to come in early 2020.