Guest Post: Let It Out: Mike Schmid On Miley, Fame, Twitter, And Music For Kids

Today’s guest post comes from our friend Derek Baird who spoke with Mike Schmid, a talented singer-songwriter and highly sought-after musician who has worked with some of the biggest acts in the music business.  

In addition to playing keyboards and touring with Miley Cyrus, Mike has played with the Jonas Brothers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sheryl Crow, Kenna, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ed King, Jeffrey Steele, Van Hunt, Aly & AJ and the Corrs as well as many independent singer/songwriters, such as Connie Kim, Right the Stars and Rob Giles. His songs have been featured on the TV shows “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Flashpoint,” “The Real World,” “All My Children,” “The Bad Girls Club,” “Felicity,” “The Black Donnellys” and others. His new album, ‘Let it Out’ is all about expressing yourself in every possible way: dancing, dreaming, painting, singing. The album is for the kids (and kids-at-heart). It is about being yourself in every situation, a message that is resonant to children and adults alike. Derek interviews him below…

To contact Derek Baird, email debaird @ gmail.com and to contact Mike @ mikeschmid.com

Let It Out: Mike Schmid On Miley, Fame, Twitter, And, Music For Kids

Derek Baird: You’ve had a front row seat to the whole Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana phenomenon. What was that experience like? What did it teach you about fame?

Mike Schmid: It’s been a total out-of-body experience. I mean, none of us knew just how big it would become. I came on board right before the Best of Both Worlds tour in 2007, and we watched Miley go from a TV star to an international phenomenon in what seemed like seconds.

Very surreal: screaming teenage girls everywhere we turned, grown men in blonde wigs… It was a blast, and it could not have happened to a nicer person: Miley is the best boss ever.…

 
 

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