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MIKAEL

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MIKAEL WHAT HAPPENED?

Hi, Mikael, what made you decide that music is a thing for you?

The older I get, the more I realize that music is my calling. When I was a young boy, I loved to sing and entertain others. However, things really started to click for me when my granddad gave me my first guitar. I wrote my first song when I was around 11 years old.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I came from a small village in the middle of Moravia, Czech Republic. I think that most people from that region can sing and are very musical. There is a strong relationship with folklore, etc. My dad and my grandma have a talent for singing and a sense of melody. When I was a little boy, my dad had a music group. They had many shows where I started to sing with him and developed a love for music. When I was about 13, I attended my first big rock gig in Prague. It was The Cranberries, and I started to feel the music 100%. I said to myself that one day I want to be like them, making shows with my own band, playing at festivals, and making music. That day, my big dream started. After a few years, I got the chance to sing in the famous TV music show called “Pop Idol,” and at that time, my dreams came true. 🙂

What was life like for you before music?

I was heavily involved in sports during my elementary school years, playing tennis and competing in track and field. This left me with little time for music. However, as I got older, my focus shifted, and music took precedence over sports during my teenage years.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

It’s difficult to say because my father was a musician who explored a wide range of music styles. Whenever we went on trips, we listened to many music groups and singers. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Roxette, Abba, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, and Pink Floyd. This probably influenced me and shaped me as a musician.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I feel like an independent musician with 20 years of experience as a singer/songwriter and actor. I have played main roles in several musicals such as Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables, and I have co-produced a few pop-rock albums. Currently, I am focused on making electronic pop music with my bandmates, performing at festivals, and releasing new music. I am happy with where I am at right now.

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What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

I’ve been influenced by many people in the music industry. I’ve learned a lot, but the best lessons have come from my “gurus,” such as Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. When you do something from the bottom of your heart, when you do it with joy and not just for “numbers,” success will sooner or later always come to you.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

The first truth is that I am very punctual and meticulous. The second truth is that I am sometimes too impatient and restless. One lie about me is that I am arrogant and proud. 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Perhaps the best worldwide hit of the year! However, I’m afraid it’s impossible for a small musician from a small country like the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, I aspire to support larger artists on tour with my music and performances one day.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

No, because culture is impossible to cancel. You can’t delete the art or something that history has built. In my opinion, society is unwell now. We live rushed lives and we are not able to perceive life as it is. We live in a digital era where social media determines the way you need to go or how you should live. In my opinion. This is one of the biggest mistakes of this century. But sooner or later everything will change. We can feel it now when some people need to come back to vinyl music, etc. People will always need strong points in their lives. But now we live in some strange trendy mode.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Nope, because conspiracy theories are created in people’s minds. Most people make many mistakes. The universe and nature drive our world; people can only influence it.

What was the worst experience on stage?

“It has been many years, but we played at a big music festival in the Czech Republic. That day was very stormy, windy, and rainy. The festival took place in a forest. When we started our show, my guitarist had only two guitars on the stage. We only had 30 minutes among many big artists. In the first song, a string burst. He changed the guitar, but then two strings burst in the second song. So, he took the first guitar and completed our gig with just 5 strings. Unfortunately, it was an unplugged gig – only he and me.” Very awkward moment.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I am a big fan of Norway fishing, the musician called Fever Ray, and I live in the Czech Republic and partly on Sardinia. However, I’m not sure if that’s interesting or surprising enough. 🙂

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

I want to collaborate with DJs and producers from other countries. I want to showcase my music internationally and release my next album in trip-hop and electronic styles.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

It is the new music from my upcoming synth-pop album “Focus,” which will be released in the autumn. The latest single, “Take A Chance,” is a typical euro-pop track with influences from dance and electronic music, and it’s about love.

While it might seem like it’s about a romantic relationship at first, it actually delves into a personal journey with one’s own health issue, focusing on anxiety. It tells the story of someone trying to make peace with their anxiety, accepting it as part of themselves, and learning to love themselves fully despite it

What was the recording process like?

It is a long story that started before COVID. I have been working on that with my mates for approx 4 years. We have taken several records in several studios. More producers have participated in that. For example Karel Havlicek – the musician and producer based in Prague but also living in LA and working on music for Netflix etc. I think it is a very varied album.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Every new record is a significant experience for me. I am constantly learning, and I believe that as I grow older, there is even more for me to learn. The process is fast-paced and innovative, but the melody remains paramount. I have always been a musician who believes that melody is the most important aspect of every song.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Every time I listen to my music, I tend to change everything. That is why I don’t listen to any of my music. 🙂

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Hope you enjoy music throughout your life because music inspires love, and love is a source of healing. I hope you also enjoy my music. 🙂

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