indie mix

27-year-old Easton, Maryland native Mitch Winstead's musical journey has been a very long climb to the top and it hasn't always been easy. And it's just about to get a "crazy" twist as he's on his way to try his luck (if he needs one) on The Voice. "I mean you gotta try, right? It's a chance [of a lifetime!]" mitch winstead main
indie mix | mitch winstead : a long and winning road1

indie mix

mitch
winstead

a long and winning road

mitchwinstead-pose

Mitch began working on his music in elementary school with an old friend with just a laptop and a USB mic from the game rock band. He started out exploring hip hop and from that, every genre imaginable from indie to rock to metal.

"Over the years all the practice and commitment has been worth everything I've put into it. Music is something I've always wanted in life." Strongly convinced he's not meant to do a 9-5, music has always been something Mitch was serious about.

indie now | mitch winstead : a long and winning road2
mitchwinstead-hunting

The self-taught musician from "YouTube school of music" picked up an acoustic guitar around the age of 18 and has not looked back since, playing for 7 years and counting. "I do what you call percussive fingerstyle on the guitar and that alone has helped me grow as a musician." Ukulele, harmonica and keyboard make his list of instruments he can play.

first gig

"I'm not gonna lie I was extremely nervous at first. The first show I've ever played was an event here called Waterfowl Festival. But it really helped to have my girlfriend [at the time] and my family and friends to support me through it. and it was an experience I'll never forget."

skin art and music

"Music is a unique art form. It is lyrical and an auditory presentation of a story with patterned constructions of words, rhythm, and instrumental collaboration. Some people can actually hear color, therefore they are easily influenced by music.

I don't think it's common for musicians to have tattoos.

I think there are plenty of musicians without tattoos. for me, music is not why I chose to tattoo my body. I've always loved art and I remember seeing this guy a while back and he was covered in them and I thought to myself that looks so awesome I wanna look like that one day I want to express myself on my body I mean who wants to be like everybody else right? But nowadays I guess tattoos are becoming more common and popular especially around people in my age group.

first tattoo

My first tattoo was a logo of a band I liked called The Devil Wears Prada

indie mix | mitch winstead : a long and winning road3
mitchwinstead-tattoo

recent and
favourite tattoo

My most recent tattoo was done by Kent Liberty Tattoo a guy named Sean Parker did it. I got Billy the puppet from the movie Saw. I've always loved horror but when the Saw franchise came out it became my favorite. I know I'm twisted lol. My favorite tattoo would probably be my all-seeing eye on my left hand. Sean did such an amazing job on it and the work was done super clean as what I'd expect from using Sean.

biggest dream

My biggest dream as a musician? Huh well, the answer is an easy one. To be doing what I love in front of millions of people that support what I do to give back to everybody that has given to me or to those in need. It's about the music always! Not the money and I'll never forget that. I'll never forget to continue to be me. Music always helped me through so many problems. I've suffered from a lot of depression in the past and with my music I would love to be able to do that for others. To prove that I had what it took to all those who ever doubted me. to be doing my hobby & something I love as a job.

indie mix | mitch winstead : a long and winning road4

hurdles and... more hurdles

Number one would be the amount of support I got when I first started out I didn't have much of it. But it's good to see now that I'm older and maturing and how much I've grown as an artist the amount I have now. I would also say time and money. between working everyday jobs plus just other life stuff it can get hard to balance everything.

The equipment it's taken me years to own the type of equipment I own now to be able to put out great-sounding content on my own which I think has really helped me get more notice. I've had to learn how to mix music/master music also video editing all on my own over the years music takes a lot more then you think when you are doing it on your own. It takes time, practice & patience.

songwriting process

Strange enough my creativity comes at night or well sometimes I guess you can say some morning's I spend hour's working on music even if that means sitting up till 4 am finishing a song or mixing down a file that's what I'll do because I've always been motivated like that. not the healthiest thing for my body but it's always nice to finish up a song or a cover and feeling accomplished.

favourite self-written song

Probably this acoustic instrumental song I wrote not to long ago. It currently does not have a name. But it's honestly one of

It's about the music always! Not the money and I'll never forget that.

Music always helped me through so many problems. I've suffered from a lot of depression in the past and with my music I would love to be able to do that for others.

indie now | mitch winstead : a long and winning road5

More Artist Features