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Don't Be Like Them (Live off the Floor Band Mix)

by Mickey O'Brien



Like many in 2020, Mickey O’Brien learned much about himself. His personal life in shambles due to a horrible breakup and a relapse, Mickey chose to take control and put his life back together rather than continue the downward spiral, coming out the other end stronger and more resilient than before. When a break in quarantine provided an opportunity to record a trio of songs live off the floor with a band, the third and final song selected had to be “Don’t Be Like Them”, a song about not being a victim of circumstance, from his 2019 solo debut, My Drift. Recorded live off the floor in the old Northern Breweries building, a well-weathered Sudbury landmark, by some of Nickel City’s finest players during the same session that already provided live off the floor band mixes of “Sophia” and “11:11”, the performance was also filmed and edited by Shawn Kosmo (Here Kitty Kitty Productions). Mickey O’Brien hopes his message resonates even more at this time: In the dark, choose to be the light!


released December 25, 2020

Written and performed by Mickey O'Brien
Additional vocals by Sarah Craig
Produced by Fresh Kils

Nickel City’s Finest appearing on "Live off the Floor Mix":

Vocals - Mickey O’Brien
Additional vocals & Keys - Sarah Craig
Guitar - Matt Saroka
Bass - David Cameron
Drums - Chris Dardick
Turntables - DJ Seith

Engineered By Teo DeSimone
Recorded Live at The Brewers Lofts Sudbury ON


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Operating out of Toronto, Canada since 1996, Hand'Solo Records is devoted to releasing quality hip hop that is creative, clever and often experimental. Early releases, now out of print, include Buck 65, Sixtoo, Moka Only, and others. Currently home to Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, The Mighty Rhino, The Dirty Sample, Touch, Tachichi, Primordial Emcee, royceBIRTH, 51nine02, More Or Les and Backburner. ... more

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