Stepping into the Spotlight with Musikanto

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Every week we like to spotlight a rising artist from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Chicago’s Musikanto. You can catch the singer-songwriter in Boston when he opens for Truth and Salvage Co. at the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday, November 12.

Artist Name
: Musikanto

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Sky of Dresses (2011)
Ghost Pain (2009)


Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

…tuna fish.

What song of yours should people listen to first and why?

“Every Which Way” because it’s got that catchyness.

Tell us a little bit about your latest album.

I recorded it with a friend in Milwaukee at his home studio. It’s a collection of songs that I’ve been working on for the past year. There were a lot of back and forth trips from Chicago to Milwaukee where I was able to listen and rework the songs as I drove.

What has your most memorable moment as an artist been?

The most memorable show is the show I did yesterday at Brooklyn Bowl. I remember it like it was yesterday. Great show with Truth and Salvage Co. from Los Angeles.

What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?

Getting people to notice your music in the sea of music that’s out there today. It’s really tough when there are so many great bands out there who are doing everything the right way.

Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?

Rambos and Go Long Mule, who coincidentally share a member, Mr. Ryan Anderson.

What band would you most like to open for?

Lefty Purcell. You didn’t say alive or dead.

Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?

Boston. The band.

What are your thoughts on playing Boston?

My very first show away from Chicago was at a place called the All Asia Cafe in Cambridge. I played to the restaurant crowd. It was a memorable experience because it was my first time playing away from Chicago.

What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?

This time, I’m touring solo. Without the band, I try to keep it interesting by switching instruments during the live show and even experimenting with a loop pedal in a unique way. You can expect to see me on the acoustic guitar, the electric and even a piano.

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