ORONO – Mitch Fossier has spent the last two years dazzling on the ice for Maine men’s hockey, but there’s a whole other side to the sophomore forward.
“When I was probably 12 or 13 I really got into music and that’s when I started to play, learn songs. That was kind of when I maybe got hooked,” Fossier said.
He credits his musical neighbors for initially getting him into music from there Fossier listened to anything that was playing in his Georgia home.
“I wasn’t more so listening to artist when I was younger but just songs and like oh I like that song and more so I’ll just appreciate and album in its entirety,” he said.
Fossier fit the mold of every teenager growing up in the mid 2000s. Green Day’s, “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade,” were two of his favorites tunes that came to mind.
But those electric power cords and anti-establishment lyrics eventually turned into a soothing melody.
“I’ve always loved kind of raw acoustic music you know real violin guitars really any sort of orchestral touches,” he said.
It’s the sound you here on Fossier’s three song EP “Through a While” where he takes listeners on an abstract journey through the five states he’s lived in over the past few years during his hockey career.
“My second year of juniors I lived on a farm in the middle of nowhere, in a basement, in a room with no windows, which you know the first few weeks there you don’t know anyone it’s all new and it’s foreign and its just kinda bizarre and its lonely,” Fossier said.
Nestled in between the lyrics are conceptual themes that outline a canvas for the listener.
“In some ways I don’t really want people to know what they’re about, just because personally I’ve always liked listening to music and getting my own whatever out of it,” he said.
Fossier can do it all. As a sophomore this season he led an upstart black bear squad in points and also released original music. So what yields the most pressure, the ice or the stage?
“Oh music for sure. You’re expected to go up and play a perfect show and there’s so many things that can go wrong and so many mistakes you can make along the way. I think there’s a pretty different dynamic between the two,” he added.
For now Fossier’s focus is on bringing a national championship back to Orono, but he knows his time with a guitar will outlast his time in pads.
“I can play music forever I can’t play hockey forever and so I’m going to ride out that train as long as I can. You know there’s not really something that I hope people get out of my music I hope that I can convey some sort of emotion and feeling,” Fossier said.