Hi Michael D., maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Michael D. Tidwell is not only whom I represent, it's the overarching idea of excellence, leadership, collaboration, and quality. Prior to creating this artistic representation of myself, I thought about what needed to be done in order to cause a stir of establishment and notoriety in the field of soundscape, ambient, and meditation music. After researching a variety of artists that had formed a dramatic impact on my musical approach I was determined to produce an artist and brand that not only people could look up to, but also a household name that they could trust.
Before releasing any material, I planned how I could present myself in the best possible way in order to stand out in this elaborate and immersive genre. I spent a year constructing different ideas while also networking and forming relationships with the industry’s top singers and engineers that could help tell my story in the most profound way. I had to come up with easy-to-understand projects while also delivering the highest level of artwork and musicianship to present myself as a front-runner in the arts of pure ambient music.
This was when I developed my first soundscape/ambient EP project called “Serenity Soundscapes” which encompasses my love for the different seasons of weather and showcases the best vocal talent in the music industry. Featured in this project were the vocal stylings of Megi Angelova, Celica Soldream, Lara Ausensi, and Nelly Monk. Mixing was produced by Chris Jordan of Barron Studios in Houston, Texas and Mastering was designed by my good friend Benjamin Lincoln of Middle Mastering. This project would proclaim as the benchmark of Michael D. Tidwell and will be forever recognized as one of his greatest accomplishments in the world of soundscape, ambient, and meditation music.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I differentiate my style with the inclusion and collaboration of singers and vocal artists from all around the world to be featured in my music. Currently, I am working on my latest EP project entitled “Ambient Atmospheres” which tells the story of a group of lonely astronauts that travel to a far and distant planet in search of intelligent life. This project includes the vocal stylings of Lily Krisel, Clara Sorace, Alexa Ray, Aeralie Brighton, Nelly Monk, and Victoria Gydov. Mixing was produced by Chris Jordan at Barron Studios in Houston, Texas. Mastering was produced by Benjamin Lincoln of Middle Mastering.
Other music projects will include my Halloween single entitled “Sindel” which includes Italian film composer Alberto Bellavia. My compilation releases under ambient music record label's “Imaginary North” in Toronto, Canada, and “Mare Nostrum” based in France, and three collaboration singles with major artists: Le Code, Man From Mars, and Unusual Cosmic Process.
As of recent, two of my songs “Cetrion” and “Love in Motion” got placed on the ambient music radio show called “Rivulets & Reveries” on 103.3 KOBV Bentonville Radio.
In 2024, I will be officially releasing my debut collaboration album entitled “Darthscapes” which will include ten signature themes of the scariest dark ambient music the industry has ever heard. This project will include: Blatt Siro, Raphael Beaudon, Perry Frank, Willebrant, Tryptamine, Sensitizer, Reflections of the Past, Le Code, Grzegorz Bojanek, and Imagine the Sea.
Alongside my musical endeavors, I vowed a strong commitment to pursue higher education to further excel in my passions and represent myself as a highly acclaimed music business professional. I hold a Master of Arts from Berklee College of Music Online, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Business Studies with a Minor in Music Business from Dallas Baptist University.
My educational pursuits are what drove me to stay consistent with my musical creative processes. The pressure that ensued with turning in weekly assignments, and daily discussions. and weekend projects allowed me to remain on a patterned regiment to fuel the driving individual that you see today. Music projects became incredibly easy to immerse me in because of the turnaround that I had to commit to on a timely basis. “It kept the train going in my life,” I would say, and for that, I will always be gratefully optimistic and positive pushing forward.
I would never tell anyone to shy away from education even when it comes to the music business. Every bit of information is necessary and helpful in preparing you for the outside world and ongoing projects that you will want to develop. If you are looking to explore higher education in the music business you will need to do your research, dedicate your total excellence to it, and confidently represent that program as if it were a Grammy Award.
A good takeaway that I have learned is that the music business is a “people business.” It’s 85 percent people skills and 15 percent talent. If you are not good with people, then this business will not be so inviting and applicable to you. Be respectful and create friendships first. After the connections are established then you make your moves.
Just remember that you have to be deathly defiant in representing yourself to the highest delivery of expectation. A devoted servant leader that not only strives to benefit the music industry but sets the standard on what a music business professional can be. Stay confident, keep going, and never give up.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love, and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a special shoutout to my sister and dear friend Megan Tidwell. She has been one of my greatest supporters throughout my musical career and has fortified the source of inspiration to cultivate my most successful music projects. She is a mom to three beautiful children named Baylie, Rylie, and Nillie and they reside in the alluring state of Alaska. She has taught me the importance of being patient and enjoying the journey that life holds for each and every one of us.
I would like to also give recognition to my parents David Tidwell and Maryanne Maldonado who have been by my side every step of the way in my musical career. They serve as the backbone behind my eminence and work ethic and I would not be here if it wasn’t for their love and support.
My best friends Christopher Sjostrom and Grayson Hall have always held the highest significance of stewardship that has molded me into the person that I am today. They have been my source of encouragement and purpose and will continuously represent the distinctive example of what it means to be a great and honorable man.
Last, by not least, I would like to thank God for granting me these astounding musical gifts and talents. His loving grace has touched my life in so many wonderful ways and has shined the light of purpose and positivity with every move I make in this music industry.
"Atonal Skies" will be featured in the compilation album "Today Until Tomorrow" under the ambient record label Imaginary North.
Who are you ?
My name is Michael D. Tidwell. I am a soundscape, ambient, and meditation composer that lives in Houston, Texas. I am the host of the "Powered By Music" podcast and I graduated from Berklee College of Music Online with a Master of Arts in Music Business.
What are you listening actually ?
I am currently listening to ambient artists like: Sensitizer, Unusual Cosmic Process, Imagine the Sea, Tryptamine, Man From Mars, Perry Frank, Human is Alive, Spacecraft, Be Still The Earth, and many others.
How you came to music ?
I began my journey with music by participating in competitive drumline, listening to trance and progressive house music, and improvising on the piano in my spare time.
What gear do you use in studio/live ?
I currently use a Yamaha Montage White Music Synthesizer and Cubase 12 Music Production Software.
Do you have an anecdote or a memory to tell us about your music ?
2022 was my introduction to releasing soundscape, ambient and meditation music. I released an EP project called « Serenity Soundscapes » which comprised of 5 songs that were designed to signify the different seasons of weather. This project features the vocal stylings of Megi Angelova, Celica Soldream, Lara Ausensi, and Nelly Monk. Mixing was by Chris Jordan of Barron Studios, and Mastering was by Benjamin Lincoln of Middle Mastering.
Which artist would you dream of working with?
Ivan Torrent, Thomas Newman, Steve Jablonsky, Mac Quayle, Hans Zimmer, Two Steps From Hell, and Deadmau5.
What are your plans for the future?
Currently releasing music for my space ambient EP project called « Ambient Atmospheres » which tells the story of a team of lonely astronauts that travel to a far and distant planet in search for intelligent life. This project features the vocal stylings of Lily Krisel, Clara Sorace, Alex Ray, Aeralie Brighton, Nelly Monk, and Victoria Gydov. Mixing was by Chris Jordan of Barron Studios, and Mastering was by Benjamin Lincoln of Middle Mastering. In 2024, I will release my debut collaboration album called "Darthscapes" which will comprise of 10 different artists, 10 different themes, and 1 goal to make the scariest dark ambient music the industry has ever heard.
"Innocence" will be featured in the compilation album "Dive In Chapter 5" under the ambient record label Mare Nostrum.