Michael Heidemann

Professional Broadcaster and Media Influencer

Vinyl Theatre | Milwaukee Rockers With Brains Behind Their Beats

On this episode of Sound Sessions we catch up with the members of Vinyl Theatre backstage after their show at Chicago’s famed Subterranean.  Host, Michael Heidemann chats with Chris, Keegan and Nick about their recent departure from Fueled By Ramen Records to attack the music industry on their own.  After the release of their new album, Origami, the guys have hit the road to showcase their unique synth-bass driven rock that has caught the ear of Spotify playlists and many big-name acts.  Expect HUGE things from this band. 

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Albert Hammond Jr. | Momentary Masters, Hot Ties, Lollapalooza, What’s going on with “The Strokes”?

Coming off two solo albums as well as the 2013’s AHJ EP – Guitarist, artist, style aficionado and all around renaissance man, Albert Hammond Jr. is set to release his new album Momentary Masters due to drop on July 31st in the US ala Vagrant records.

Albert mentions, the band that grew out of the last AHJ EP turned into something better he could have imagined — even in his own circle of friends and family Momentary Masters stands as some of his best work.

We catch up over the phone discussing the challenges of making the new record, his marriage, new band, his foray into the style scene and how his lifestyle has taken a positive/enlightened change for the better.  In a life surrounded by an intoxicating mix of non-stop touring & excess as prominent member of the rebel princes of rock ‘n roll royalty, The Strokes— Albert’s lifestyle took a less than savory shift.  Now, Albert explains that.. [“I’m making it easier for me to do things I want to do as opposed to making it harder or pretending it’s a valiant effort that I’ve gotten through my own… what’s it called… My own war.”]

We also hit upon the stellar covers he rocks during his shows– From the songs he’s previously covered “Postal Blowfish” by Guided By Voices to “One Last Caress” Mistfits — We’ll have to see what Albert chooses to roll out on the latest tour… Did someone say The Police?  Oh snap! We’ll just have to wait and see!

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Ingrid Michaelson | New Album, Ukulele love & Chicago Accents

“That’s the thing about art… it all starts out from something in your mind.”

This week on Michael Heidemann‘s podcast I had the opportunity to speak with one of the world’s most quirky and passionate songwriters, Ingrid Michaelson.  We discuss everything from the quiet places she likes to pen her songs to what it feels like to have her music used as the soundtrack for a wedding.   Always the delight, Ingrid shares her favorite spot to visit when she comes to Chicago (hint: They have the best bread) and gives her best shot at a Chicago accent!

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Young Fathers | "White Men Are Black Men Too"

On Episode One with WGN’s music aficionado’s, Kevin Richter & Michael Heidemann – We sit down with Alloysious Massaquoi of the Mercury Prize winning band, Young Fathers.  Kayus Bankole, Graham Hastings & Alloysious Massaquoi of Young Fathers have put out one of the most eclectic and thought provoking albums of 2015 with White Men Are Black Men Too.  Coming off their Mercury Prize winning album “DEAD” — , an award that honors the best British Album of the past year (past winners including James Blake, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys) the Scottish group has been feverishly touring since they broke on to the scene with their first EP’s: Tape One and Tape Two.

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