Passenger’s video for “Heart To Love” is very simple…a one shot take of him walking down a street in Las Vegas, however, it’s not as simple as you would think. Passenger had to walk and lip-sync in slow motion, while people passed by at normal speed. Later, they sped up the video, creating a very cool effect. Well played, passenger.
Meanwhile the Passenger fanbase has been building very nicely, and very much from the ground up, with the busking feeding into the club gigs all very organic. Its such a funny and slow process, the way we do it. We havent got a label, we havent got the big muscle behind it it really is meeting every fan personally and trying to convince them to sort of buy into it, which is quite a bizarre way of doing it. But I think what Ive found is people have a real personal relationship to it because its not just something on the radio I might be busking and well have a chat or have a beer after a gig or whatever I think that personal thing is so important in making people feel part of the project and then hopefully becoming fans ultimately.”
Among the highlights of this past northern summers touring round the UK has been opening for one of UK pop musics most influential figures, Jools Holland, as well as Ed Sheeran, who just had the #1 album in the UK, and Australian acts the John Butler Trio and Josh Pyke, with whom he co-headlined a UK tour.
It was great!” Mike admits, that ubiquitous smile on his face. I did shows with the John Butler Trio over here and in Europe as well. It makes such a difference when you play to those kinds of crowds compared to the busking, which as I say is like playing to each person individually sometimes, it is amazing to then be on a bigger stage and reaching such a big audience in one go.”
Its been a remarkable journey for Rosenberg, a journey that has inspired some of the finest songwriting youll hear anywhere, whether on a street corner, a sweaty rocknroll room or a concert stage. Listening to him, whether on record or in performance, you can tell hes having the time of his life, and its all there on his new album, All The Little Lights. And the most exciting this is you just know theres plenty more to come.
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