Daniel Warren Hill
I’ve been a fan of Raven Tree’s personal brand of rock music since the band started. I think front man Mike McCann and I have always been similarly influenced by some of the more melancholy lyrics and minor key melodies from bands and songwriters in our circle of influence.
That may be why McCann handed the production reigns of “Swing Me” to Raven Tree bassist and recording engineer Phoenix Johnson for this re-imagining of the Big Band Swing Jazz era, which Raven Tree says and a “embodies the soul of rock n roll.” It’s a completely different feel from November 2020 release “Dying All Alone,” and highlights the versatility Raven Tree offers listeners through their crafting of original songs which each embody the various spirits of rock and roll. With rhythm playing such a pivotal role in doing just that, drummer Tony Lotierz is authentic to the feel of the big band sound without sacrificing that hard hitting edge Raven Tree has become known for.
McCann says, “[Phoenix’s final mix brought the track to life and we feel it represents us just as we do LIVE.” So have a listen for yourself, and live a little until you can get back out to see bands like Raven Tree in-person again.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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What first got you into music?
A: I think originally we were just middle school kids looking for identities and we found one with music. I remember thinking as a kid “ok, if I practice really hard for like a year then I’ll probably be like the best guitarist at school and then I’ll be cool.” Pat had a similar high school experience thinking that playing in a band would increase his “cool” factor. I think he still does. I’ve always been slightly competitive with music, for better or for worse. Usually for better I think. It’s all for the sake of the art at the end of the day.