Name: Northern National
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Currently residing: Dallas, TX
Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: Well, Northern National is made up of Michael Kanne, Michael Rossi, & Michael Wilson and our paths are all incredibly different, but basically Wilson (songwriter, producer and guitarist) met Kanne (a pianist and songwriter) through an ex-girlfriend, and Kanne was currently writing and working with Rossi (a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter) (Kanne and Rossi met on Facebook) and together they formed Northern National and wrote a bunch of songs and ended up putting ten of them on a record called “Young & in Love” which has an Alternative/Pop/Rock vibe.
1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?
Kanne: Ron Pope, Jon Mclaughlin, Jason Reeves, John Denver, Green River Ordinance, Parachute, Matt Wertz, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Les Miserables
Rossi: Sam Cooke, John Mayer, Allen Stone, Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Jason Mraz
Wilson: Beethoven, Bach, The Beatles, U2, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel
2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
Kanne: Human – Jon Mclaughlin
Rossi: Shelter – Ray LaMontagne
Wilson: Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
3. How would you describe your perfect day?
Kanne: A little bit of love, a little bit of music, a little bit of basketball – all during autumn. That’s a perfect day.
Rossi: Relax and not worry about ANYTHING – oh and hang out with my wife (she made me say that lol) – but seriously, hang out with the wife.
Wilson: Sleep late, hang out with friends, play some music in the evening for people to enjoy, and revel the rest of the night away until we start all over again the next day!
4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?
Kanne: My passion. I get enthralled and caught up with a person or a moment and I get others excited too. It’s a good and bad thing.
Rossi: My humor. I’m pretty funny. No I’m not going to tell you a joke.
Wilson: My dependability. If I say I’m going to be somewhere or do something, they usually don’t have to worry if
I’m going to flake out on them. This is a great characteristic to have in the music world!
5. What is your most valued material possession?
Kanne: A jar of notes that a loved one wrote me.
Rossi: I don’t really believe in valued possessions.
Wilson: I try not to become too attached to material possessions (I say this as I’m tethered to my Apple devices every moment of the day), but I sure do love my Taylor 914ce guitar made out of Brazilian Rosewood. It’s beautiful and sounds amazing!
6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
Kanne: Michael Jordan. I grew up as a huge basketball player and MJ fan.
Rossi: BB King.
Wilson: It will be my wife (cue Michael Buble’s I just “Haven’t Met You Yet”).
7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?
Kanne: Ft. Collins, Colorado. Growing up I made some of my fondest memories in that city. Would love to visit again.
Rossi: Italy. I spent a short period of time there a while back and have wanted to go back ever since!
Wilson: Hawaii, or any place tropical where I don’t have to worry about cold. Cold is evil! Haha!
8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
Kanne: Travel more. I’ve never been out of the country – I hope that will change!
Rossi: Play more music! Up until this point its been a hobby, so I am excited to play our songs more and more.
Wilson: I’d like to travel and share these songs, or cowrite more songs with gifted musicians.
9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
We are going to answer this question as a band, but in ten years from now, we all agree we’d like to be writing songs, playing shows, and spending our down time with each other and our families (God willing).