ARENA / LONELY ROBOT’s Mastermind John Mitchell: “I Like Making Music, I Think It’s What I’m Good At”

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Singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer John Mitchell wears many hats, but he wears them all well. A member of such mainstay progressive rock bands as Arena, It Bites, KINO, and Frost*, Mitchell‘s more recent project Lonely Robot has turned many heads since its 2015 debut album, Please Come Home.

April 26th will see the release of what is the finale in what has become a trilogy of Lonely Robot albums, this one entitled Under Stars. The album once again features drums by long-time collaborator Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), plus bass contributions from Steve Vantsis (Fish), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself.  Of the record, John comments: “It is the final part in the astronaut trilogy, and was recorded over an intensive month and a half period. This time I wanted to reference my love of 80’s synthwave pop a little more, so beware the 808! The title is derived from belief that we as humans spend far too much time not noticing the beauty around us and far too much time tethered to technology.”

Sonic Perspectives writer and interviewer Austin Kokel was granted a space visa to go sailing across the stars with John Mitchell where they spend 30 minutes talking about the new album, the state of the music industry, Mitchell’s go-to drummer Craig Blundell, the upcoming Space Rocks event in London, and Mitchell‘s creative process, both alone and with colleagues like Jem Godfrey of Frost* and Kim Seviour.

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