Meet RESTOKER Mike Forgette, Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist October 21, 2016 20:11
RESTOKERS, meet Mike Forgette, Lead Vocal and Rhythm guitarist for Over the Bridge (OTB), a Reggae-Rock infused jam band from Gloucester, MA. Michael’s passion and commitment to his music is what caught our attention and we thought we'd share his story of RESTOKE.
So… Without further ado, let Forgette introduce himself…
Tell us about your background, where are you from?
I was born and raised in Massachusetts on the island of Gloucester. Gloucester is a tight knit community where everyone knows everyone, growing up there was both a gift and a curse. You couldn't get away with anything but the love and support from my family, friends and my city has made a world of difference in my life especially since I began this journey pursuing my passion in music.
When did you first start singing? Do you play any instruments?
Believe it or not, I actually fell in love with music and began experimenting with recording as young as 5 years old on a fisher price toy recorder with two small microphones and a tape deck. I got my first guitar on my 7th birthday, so music was always a big part of who I am and who I wanted to be. It was when I got to high school that I started taking music more seriously and considering it as a career. I performed at a few family events and entered the school talent show and that was really when I got hooked on the high performing on stage gave me. During my years in college at Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville, Florida I spent a lot of time developing my craft and really figuring out who I wanted to be as an artist, experimenting with different styles that ultimately shaped me into the artist I am today. I play, sing, rap, and play guitar, bass, drums, and keys (basically anything I can make noise with).
For those who are reading this and have never heard your music,
explain your sound in 5 words
Feel Good, Reggae/Hip-Hop Vibes
What other artists and/or musicians inspire you or your work and which you have learned from?
This is a tough question because I love all kinds of music and inspired by so many different influences - When I was young it was rock Limp Bizkit, Lincoln Park, Kid Rock - Then it was hip-hop Eminem, Jay-Z, Ludacris - Then I got into reggae music and Sublime, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, and local Gloucester band Soul Rebel Project. I'm actually good friends with SRP, who happen to be one of my favorite bands as well. I've learned a lot from them over the past few years and lead singer, Mike Francis, and has helped with words of encouragement and guidance.
Where would you most like to perform?
Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO - one of the most amazing stages I've only ever seen in photos. I can only imagine the energy vibes at that place during a big show. Also, I'd like to play at Coachella, or SXSW just because of the stigma and excitement that surround those two events in the music world.
Who would you most like to open for?
I can check opening up for Soul Rebel Project off the bucket list as of 2016, we played with them at Thunder Road in Somerville, MA. BUT - any of the above mentioned influences would be unreal to share the stage with.
When did you experience your first stoke?
My first stoke was when my best friends dad, Larry, made me get up on the porch during a family block party with my friend's brothers band ironically named "The Influence" to sing/jam a song with them. I was about 15 and had never really performed before. I'll never forget that day and how it felt.
Best stoke to date?
When my band Over The Bridge won a poll this year hosted by The Middle East (Concert Venue) asking what local band they'd like to see open for reggae legends Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad on 4/20...It was unreal to see our name added to the poll and then to have Boston actually vote for us, and we held first place for the duration of the poll? I'd definitely have to say that was a HUGE stoke.
OTB Members: *Mike Forgette* - Rhythm/Vocals *Dave Campbell* - Lead Guitar/Vocals *Jared Rose* - Bass *Pat Farnham* - Drums *Frank Freedman* - Sax
What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Be yourself, don't worry about what people think, or opinions on what you should do. Find what makes you happy, and hold on to it. Surround yourself with positivity and love because when you do the right things, for the right reasons, amazing things begin to happen.
What is your goal for your next big RESTOKE? Doing What?
My next big RESTOKE is coming in 2017. OTB heads into the studio this winter to work on our next album, and the goal is to hit the road on our first ever official tour in the Spring.
Ten years from now you will be….
An accomplished musician, a respected member of my community, a great husband, father and family man, a philanthropist, a positive influence on the world helping shape the youth for a better tomorrow by spreading love through music.
Follow OTB on your favorite social media pages to stay in tune with upcoming shows to see for yourself why Over The Bridge is one of the hottest rising bands out of Massachusetts and they’re just getting started.
Photography by Burger Snaps
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