An Interview With...A Freelance Musician - Michaela Wylde


Since finishing university, how did you get your current position as a regular performer at events, restaurants and pubs?

When I finished my music degree I started a PGCE and trained to be a Music Teacher. It was the need to accompany my students in school which encouraged me to take up the piano (without this I wouldn’t be gigging the way I am). Once qualified I taught for 2 years and during this time I learnt my craft and performed at lots of open mic nights to build my confidence, develop my style and my skills. After a while venues started asking me to perform my own gigs at their venues…and the rest is history.

What was the best and worst thing about recording your own album?

Recording my album was the greatest thing I’ve done so far. The best thing about the experience was hearing my music come to life beyond just me and a piano. The worst thing is only really the financial commitment, recording an album and having CDs made costs a fair amount of money and, if I’m honest, I’d have liked to have invested more money to make the finished product even better.

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Painted Smile - Michaela's debut album is out now


If you were to start your music degree again knowing that you were going to be working as a freelance musician afterwards, is there anything that you would do differently?

I personally feel that everything happens for a reason and if I went back and changed the path I took that I wouldn’t be working the way that I am now.

What has been your favourite gig that you’ve performed at?

My favourite performance so far has been my album launch. The atmosphere, the amazing venue, the brilliant audience and my superb band made it such a fantastic experience.