Meet the Artist: Mike Bern

Name: Michael Bernard aka Mike Bern (Spirit name: oluwikonok pisun nipawset)

City: Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick)

Genre: Indigenous folk rock

A bit about myself:

I am Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), people of the beautiful river. I share my teachings in my music, which were taught to me by my elders. In our language we speak like the Wolastoq River: very slow and vacillating.

Influences:

Chris Otepka, Frankie Miller, Ben Schneider.

The first album I bought:

Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever

The first concert I went to:

Alice Cooper

The last concert I went to:

Dan Auerbach

The last song I listened to:

Frankie Miller, When I’m Away From You

My favourite song of all time:

The War on Drugs, Strangest Thing

The one song I wish I’d written: 

The Heligoats, Goodness Gracious

My dream gig:

Singing side by side with Ben Schneider at Red Rocks.

Myself in three words:

Generous. Outgoing. Spontaneous

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:

“Always think big.” – Allan Saulis

Beatles or Rolling Stones:

Beatles

What I do to pay the bills:

Seasonal contractor.

When I’m not making music, I’m …

Watching the Blue Jays, hiking, canoeing and doing anything that keeps me outdoors.

Morning hike at Haystack.

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Something people would be surprised to learn about me:

I make pickles.

What I’m currently working on: 

Raising my teenage son as a single parent and finishing this incredible album.

If my life were a song, the title would be …

Comfortably Numb

Getting ready to throw some vocals down for my new single.

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