Singer and songwriter Michael Krapovicky has his hands in many musical projects. As an active member of The Grumps, Eds Meds, and The Samurai Accountants of Love, he also enjoys performing acoustically; recording other bands with Lay It Down Productions, his recording company; and encouraging other performers through hosting open mic events in the Lewiston-Auburn area. A dedicated musician, he is committed to his musical passion and his connection to the audience. Comfortable and relaxed in many different venues and appealing to diverse crowds, Krapovicky has cultivated his love of music into an engaging and inspiring career.
Krapovicky, from Auburn, is the bassist for his primary band, The Grumps, a touring band based out of the Portland area, which also includes front man and guitarist Ryan Halliburton and percussionist Eric Bauer. Having played in various bands since 1999, Krapovicky has been able to call himself a professional full-time musician for the past three years. “Music was so all-encompassing for me. There are so many opportunities that I’d be missing if I were to work a nine to five…a lot of times it’s really exhausting, but it’s a great joy,” he said.
Over the course of his career, Krapovicky has performed throughout New England. “I’m trying to touch wherever I can with music, helping people wherever I can as a side man, or front man, and to create little projects that eventually grow,” he explained of his numerous endeavors. His sound and style have been compared to such wellknown acts as Wilco, Damien Rice and Cat Stevens.
Recalling an early interest in music with a piano in his childhood home, followed by guitar beginning in the eighth grade, he initially saw music as a hobby but always had a passion to play, even though he was busy with school. His experiences playing music with other artists while at the University of Maine at Presque Isle taught him the meaning of song coupled with the craft of songwriting. Consistently interested in the recording of music as well as the playing of it, he pursued that interest in parallel with his musical explorations.
In addition to sharing his own talents with the community, he has great ambition to help other artists gain exposure, and is doing so by hosting an open mic night at Pedro O’Hara’s at 134 Main Street in Lewiston. He has noticed that the Lewiston-Auburn area “seems like sort of uncharted territory, with a lot of un-mined talent. It’s just a matter of getting the right venue and the opportunity for them to shine.” So far, the open mic has had “a really good turnout, a great crowd…and all of the acts have been top-notch.” He records every show and takes photographs to put online every week. “I’m really happy with how it’s been going, due to a lot of contributing factors, such as the staff, a regular crowd, and the performers.” The open mic is every Monday night from 7 to 11 p.m.
On his own evolution as an artist and performer, Krapovicky remarked, “I’m definitely more comfortable with (performing), strapping a guitar on and letting the crowd kind of dictate what I’m going to play.” He is at ease in many venues, from large spaces in Portland and ski mountain lodges to small brew pubs, and locally at Gritty’s in Auburn, the Hilton Garden Inn, Irish Twins, and Naral’s. He feels that “people are trying to see that live music is a good feature in this town. I’ve been able to find places right in town who are willing to pay me, and I’m grateful.”
He performs cover songs as well as originals, and his subject matter often consists of “themes of love and loss” as well as current issues in the news. He endeavors to convey his feelings about current events by finding a character in his songwriting and becoming that character. “I try to make stories unto themselves each time.” With a fairly full-time schedule playing music, including the weekly open mic night, other performances three to four times per week, and even more in the summertime, Krapovicky still loves what he does. “I do find a lot of fun in music, despite it being my professional work,” he admitted.
He has one solo album, Lowlife, and worked on The Grumps’ album as well. He is also working on “a million little things at home that will turn into the next album.” He has learned that determination is vital for making a living from music in Maine. “If there’s a place that I want to play, I’m generally emailing them until they say yes.” His advice to others wishing to make their voices and instruments heard: “Get out there and play, and don’t take no for an answer.”