ALPENA – If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the current music scene, locally and beyond, you have a new resource in “Michigan Music Venture.”
Join host Chaz Anthony as he interviews local musicians about their music, inspiration, journey and more in this new series filmed and produced by Irving Entertainment Studios at Alpena.
Executive Producer Zach Irving is excited about the collaboration and effort that has gone into this show, as a platform to shed light on talented musicians in the underground music scene. Irving is producing the show with the help of cameraman Bryant Zitlau.
To see the show, head to Michigan Music Venture on YouTube and Facebook, where you can find updates and upcoming shows.
Anthony, also known as The Lachine Machine, may be the host, but the musicians are the stars. He wants to give them the recognition and attention they deserve.
He said the aim of the show was to inform the community about “what’s going on that people don’t see, but that literally helps feed them what they hear”.
He recently hooked up with local trio Citrus Orange, as well as On My Person lead singer Noah Kindt. On the same day, he got the chance to interview Detroit rocker with Northeast Michigan ties, Joey Spina, who also played acoustic originals for the show.
On Saturday, Citrus Orange and On My Person will perform on Facebook Live, at 7 p.m. on the Michigan Music Venture page.
Citrus Orange has just released a new video for their song, “How Do Ya Do?” Watch it on their YouTube channel, “CITRUS ORANGE”. They shot the video themselves using a phone camera at Alpena. Many locations in the video will be familiar to locals, such as the 2nd Avenue Bridge, Jimmie Garant’s Party Shop, and The Hungry Hippie.
Citrus Orange is Hunter Barz, 18, on vocals and guitar, Avery Burrone, 19, on drums and vocals, and Mason Fischer, 19, on bass.
They’ve been a band for about four years, “playing casually,” Barz said.
“Then over the last year and a half we decided to take it seriously,” Barz said.
“We just got hooked up and started writing and recording music,” Burrone said.
“We only drop one song at a time,” Barz said. “The world has no attention span.”
“It takes a year to record an album,” Fischer added.
They’re having fun and they’re loving what they’re doing right now.
They said that the presence on the Internet is enormous, in the digital age.
“Our goal is to release a new song every six weeks,” Barz said. “The most important thing is to be consistent and make sure everything you post is unique.”
For more from Citrus Orange, check them out on Instagram @citrusorange.band and on Facebook under Citrus Orange Official.
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Noah Kindt, 26, is the vocalist and bassist of On My Person. He grew up in Alpena and hopes to reflect those experiences in his music.
“I just try to make really good music,” Kindt said, wearing a very chic patchwork jacket.
Devin Gougeon plays guitar and Bret Letourneau is the drummer for On My Person.
Kindt doesn’t like to describe his musical style or classify his band into a genre. He just wants you to listen to him and see what you think.
“I’ve known Devin since high school and I’ve known Bret since I was about 5,” Kindt said.
They are having fun and want you to have fun listening.
Follow On My Person on Facebook and @onmyperson on Instagram.
Joey Spina lives in the Detroit area, but has ties to Alpena.
The 37-year-old grew up watching and listening to his dad, Joseph Anthony Spina, Sr., play and sing in many bars. Joey Spina was born the same day as his father, 25 years old to the day. The elder Spina has since passed away, but his legacy continues through the talents of his son.
Spina remembers going with her father to shows when she was 3 or 4 years old.
“I would go with him and sing, like, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ and ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ to those bikers in that bar,” Spina said. “His buddy owned it.”
Spina’s mother was an actress, so he knows life on stage.
“My dad moved here to Mikado, so I started coming here around 15 or 16,” Spina said. “That’s where my Alpena life kind of started.”
He noted that with his background, he was “prepared for this, in a way.”
“It’s my life,” he said, adding that there was a “passing bohemian vibe.”
Spina has been playing guitar since the age of 8. He learned by watching his father play.
He remembered pulling out his father’s forbidden Martin, and before his father could scold him, the boy started playing the intro to Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle.”
His father asked, “Who showed you this?”
“I watched you play,” said a young Spina. “I understood it.”
The next day, his father gave him his own acoustic guitar.
“That’s where it all started,” Spina said.
He wants to move people with the joy of music.
“You can play one note and make a whole room feel the way you feel,” Spina added. “It’s possible. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it, sometimes.
He said the music industry has changed a lot over the years. For example, most musicians release a single now to get it released, rather than waiting to release a full album.
Spina has learned a lot over the years.
“Sometimes you listen and you’re like, ‘This thing that I thought was a mistake is working perfectly well,” Spina said. “He holds the human element in him tight.”
He likes to stay real.
“You can’t fake art,” he added. “You can impersonate it all you want, but you’ll know what’s real and what’s not, at the end of the day.”