Yesterday we spent a fun half-hour on Wakey!Wakey!’s Facebook page, where Mike answered as many questions as he could. There were almost 200 questions in the short time so there’s still much to be answered in future occasions. (Next one is already this Sunday!)
Here you can reread Mike’s answers in an easier way:
“OK, to start, regarding the touring questions. I have my US bookers putting something together for January right now. We’ll likely be coming overseas right after. I’d like to hit all of the same cities we hit last year in Europe, and a few more this time!”
“Here’s the story on the new album- I’ve been working my butt off on the writing end. So far I have 56 songs done. Now we’re trying to get the business side of things together. I’m hoping we can get the album out as soon as March of next year.”
“There’s also a possibility that we’ll release an EP in the meantime. Next week we’ll post a question asking if people would prefer a 5 song EP to be released sooner, or a full album that takes a bit longer.”
“I loved singing with Joy at the Rock the Schools concert. I can’t say that we’re going into any studios any time soon, but I can say that we’re friends, we grab coffee when we’re in the same city, and I never say never!”
“Molly, the next wakey weekly will be next sunday, and I’m gonna post a link at the end of the QnA!”
“Will, I started playing piano when I was 5. My mom was a piano teacher, and my family was all musicians, so that had a great impact on me.”
“Emily, we’re hoping to collaborate with a few guest artists on this upcoming album for sure. Can’t say who though.”
“Bands I like now/getting a lot of spins- Imagine Dragons is my new fav
I also just made a new playlist with a ton of classics on it. Like the Rolling Stones, and Buddy Holly, and Bob Dylan. I’m trying to listen to great works!”
“Anistasya, when I run out of things to write about I sit in front of my piano and bang my head on a wall until more songs fall out… haha I think the brain is a muscle, so the more you exercise it, the more it makes great ideas!”
“no Lali, I wasn’t in Paris last month, unfortunately.”
“Regarding people that send me songs on Twitter, I get a lot of messages on Twitter, and I try to read every one, but my app broke last month, so I haven’t lately. I always appreciate songs and letters though!”
(What’s your favorite British band?)
“Delphine, I love To Kill a King.”
“I love all the new German fans. I can’t wait to get back!”
“Did everyone hear our new song that leaked?”
“Working on One Tree Hill was amazing. I made a ton of great friends, and I’m really grateful for all the new fans as well!”
“Jennifer, the song I sang with Bethany at RTS was called Irresistible and will definitely be on our album!”
“OK. 3 more questions. Maria, the Almost Everything album was sort of a love letter. It was a way of me working through a really big year of my life. I’ll never say exactly what it meant to me, because I don’t want people to think of that when they hear it. I want them to think of what it means to them.”
“Great Question Lena! She wants to know how different this album sounds from Almost Everything. I think it has a ton of characteristics from that album, but represents a growth from me as a writer. It’s got a lot more upbeat songs on it, but I hope it won’t lose any of the intimacy, or intensity AE had. I think that you’ll all really like it.”
“Fake last question- Chris Cubeta asked who our favorite producer is… haha. For those that don’t know, Mr Cubeta is the producer of Almost Everything. Everyone say hi!”
“I see a lot of requests for an acoustic version of Wake Up (Lily I Love You). Maybe I should get on that this week.”
(About Almost Everything: it means a hell of a lot to me, that’s for sure..)
“Thanks Will. You guys mean a lot to me, as well.”
“Regarding Poland, You guys are a goal for us on this next album, so I’m hoping so!”
“And my last comment- Thank you all for coming today, scroll up to see where I answered a few of the newer questions earlier. Grab a ticket here- bitly.com/WWeekly9 to come to our weekly stage it show next week, and ask any questions I didn’t get to today! Love you guys, and see you soon!”
So yes, thanks guys! Keep in touch and see you on Sunday!
Hey there! Wonderful question! Yes. You can be any age to join Team Wakey! We have members of all ages, male and female and from numerous different countries and we love it that way! Love of Wakey!Wakey! music is the most important thing that unites everyone in the team. We’d love to have you on board, too! :)
Drop me a line at teamwakeywakey (at) gmail . com. I’ll fill you in on everything and make you a member! Welcome!
This week began with Mike’s retrospectives of Brooklyn/Manhattan. And the label Family Records released a Deluxe Package which includes the very last 12”x12” posters of the beautiful Brooklyn artwork and Almost Everything album on Vinyl.
Mike has signed all of the 30 last posters and this week Family Records has a special 10% discount on all vinyl products, so you can get the discount also on the Deluxe package. Just use code “ilovevinyl”.
What a great chance to enhance Wakey!Wakey! collections!
ps. Team Wakey! has a special love affair with the Brooklyn art work. We love it so much we have it as the background image of our chatroom. Don’t miss out - once the 30 are gone, they’re all gone..
A new album is in the works right now! It should be out later on this year.
And it will be amazing! And we’ll keep you posted on how it progresses.
In the meanwhile, have you checked out youtube videos of songs they’ve already been playing live? This one that Mike tweeted about on his birthday.
Thanks for your support!
I think it’s about time we had another Team Wakey! chat..
The next one is this Sunday, the 25th, at 2pm US East Coast time (that’s 7pm in the UK, 8pm in Central Europe and 11am US West Coast time). You can check what time it is for you here.
The address to our very own chat room is tinychat.com/teamwakeywakey and you need to login to the room with either twitter or facebook to join.
I look forward to catching up with you on Sunday!
ps. Welcome all our new friends just as well as old members! It’s a fun chance to meet others who love great music.
Thank you for the feedback around New Year’s, many of you said you’d want us to do more fun supportive projects like the Fall Tour Challenge.
That’s why we now start a new challenge: World Domination Preparation!
(Preparation gets shortened as Prep and all of it on twitter as #WWwdPrep)
This is our time to have fun while waiting for Wakey!Wakey!’s next album and get prepared for all great things to come. Not to mention, get the World prepared for falling in love with Wakey!Wakey!
- Every 1st and 15th day of the month we post a new mission
- The missions are again quick and simple
- You can do them just for your own fun, or you can again submit them to teamwakeywakey(at)gmail.com
- In the beginning of the next month I will randomly pick one submission from the past month to win special recognition/dedication/thank you from Mike.
- If some urgent extra missions come up between the dates, you can submit them for extra chances.
(1 submission/month= 1 chance in the month’s random pick, 2 submissions = 2 chances, 3 submissions = 3 chances)
As always, the main thing is to have fun!
Ps. From now on You can find all Missions under tag “WWwdPrep Missions”!
Hello from the studio! Just wanted to tell you guys to keep your eyes
open for our song ‘Twenty-two’, as it’s gonna start airing today in a
US national commercial for Honda. If you can get a video of it, send
it to me on twitter (@wakeywakey) and I’ll retweet as many of them as
possible! I’ll also follow the first person to send a full clear
video! Much love and see you guys soon,
We are very excited to announce our first-ever limited edition Family Records notebook! Check out the custom design above, with room for your name too. The notebook is made of 100% recycled product and made in the United States. We know you’re already wondering, “Where can I get one?” We’ll be offering the notebooks in the Family Records Store within the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for this awesome addition. We’d love if you could help us spread the word!
Light Outside is nominated for “Song of the Year” on a Dutch website 3voor12. The voting runs for a month: from November 15 to December 15.
Even if it’s a Dutch site, everyone can vote! Tim and Marlous of FamilyTeamNL kindly provided us with voting instructions in English:
- Go to: http://stemmen.3voor12.nl/3voor12/
- Pick Light Outside in the list on the left.
- Click “Verder” (next in Dutch)
- Type your first name at “Voornaam”, last name at “Achternaam” and your email at email.
- Don’t check “nieuwsbrief”, it’s a Dutch newsletter.
- Click “Verder”
- Now you will get an email and your vote will count.
Easy and fun! Thank you for all your wonderful Wakey!Wakey! support..
NOTE: The votes are not limited, so you can vote even daily until December 15th!
Whoa.. I’ve spent a good part of the last two days logging and counting all your 234 submitted Fall Tour Challenge activities.
The further I got the more exciting it got: I could hardly breathe when I realized it was going to be a tie between two of our most active participants!
As mentioned above, we received 234 Fall Tour Challenge activity submissions by 22 different people. On top of that I saw a lot of tasks being done, but not submitted to teamwakeywakey(at)gmail.com. Thank you to all of you for the amazing Wakey!Wakey! support!
Here are the Fall Tour Challenge Winners:
Shared Number 1s:
Birte Schwertner &
I’m meeting up with Mike at the end of the week to finish up and personalize your prizes and they will all be sent out to you early next week!
I’ll be in touch with Birte and Julie about how we’ll handle things with the grand prize. But both of you will be well thanked for the amazing Challenge.
Thank you for the amazing Tour Challenge!
ps. The first picture is Mette’s lovely window submitted for Task 8 and the 2nd Birte’s surprise W!W! lyric love, one of the Task 31 submissions (in case it’s hard to see, there’s a bit of Light Outside lyrics)
It’s the last day of the tour! (no worries, the extra Bristol show is still on for Tuesday..) Before getting onto the final task, I want to say thank you.
It has been an amazing month. The enthusiasm and passion you’ve had for the challenge have inspired myself a lot this month. It has also been a wonderful support for Mike and Tanya on the road. Thank you for that! I hope you’ve enjoyed the challenge.
-Check out the new songs Wakey!Wakey! has been playing live this year: Share your favorite of them and tell what you think about the song.
Here are some youtube videos of Wakey!Wakey! performing the new songs:
Submit a picture or link to teamwakeywakey(at)gmail.com!
Submission deadline for all 32 tasks is next Tuesday (Nov 8th) by midnight. We’ll announce the winners on Thursday the 10th.
Here are the postcards Mike and Tanya have been writing from the tour. There’s 11 postcards: 6 of them will be mailed to one of you as part of the grand prize and the other 5 will be sent individually as promised at the beginning of the challenge.
Operation Beautiful leaves positive, anonymous post-it notes to random public places. Hopefully someone who finds the message gets touched by it or at least can’t help but smile.
Wakey!Wakey! has many lyrics that I know have touched you and all of us. So I challenge you to Task 31 and Operation Wakey!Wakey!:
-Write an inspiring or encouraging Wakey!Wakey! lyric or quote to a post-it note. Write Wakey!Wakey! to the bottom of the note.
-Leave the note somewhere in public. (Get creative! Your room, house, car, etc. do not count)
-Submit the task by emailing to teamwakeywakey(at)gmail.com a picture of the post it note in the place where you left it
Here are few examples of what the post-it note can be like:
Remember to leave the post somewhere where people can see it! Somewhere outside your house!
ps. This task is pretty much a Wakey!Wakey! alteration of Operation Beautiful, check their website if you need ideas!
It’s Friday! Start of the last weekend of Fall Tour Challenge.
So let’s have some fun!
-Take a picture of something that reminds you of Wakey!Wakey!
-Post it somewhere with the story of how it reminds you of Wakey!Wakey!
-Submit to teamwakeywakey(at)gmail.com either link to the post or the pic, story and info, where you posted it
-Could be anything: for example a view, an animal or a person who reminds you of certain Wakey!Wakey! lyrics, song or gig.. Get creative!