ART BODY: Interview + Video Premiere: MIKEY

An iconic determine in Berlin’s queer nightlife scene, most who frequent it can always remember the primary second that they catch a primary glimpse of MIKEY showing throughout a crowded dance flooring. Alongside a swathe of trailblazing queer artists who’re at the moment re-inventing the pop format to create new areas to dwell out their very own experiences, MIKEY’s music affords a contemporary sound for a era that’s hungry for transformation. Their debut E.P. “Paths” launched in June of this yr – a shamanic ritual of astral soundscapes and visionary trans/trance pop developed from years of dwell units. In addition to creating an unique editorial for KALTBLUT – we share a primary take a look at their hypnotic new video for “Love Levitation” and browse on as we discuss their very own path to Berlin, the connections which have formed that journey, and the significance of staying current within the second.

KALTBLUT: Can simply inform us a bit about your journey, the way it introduced you to Berlin?

MIKEY: I really ended up in Berlin sort of by chance on a dance venture. After leaving Australia I used to be residing in New York and in London however it was at all times a wrestle with my visa to remain there longer. Once I arrived I sort of hated it right here as a result of I felt like I needed to reel myself again in from the liberty of the opposite scenes which had been each very on the market and experimental – the place I felt there was much less judgment. Berlin was a bit darker and I needed to adapt my colourfulness to be right here. However after just a few months, I fell in love with it. I suppose it was the nightlife that I actually related to. I used to be at all times into the nightlife in different cities however then right here I discovered it to be on a extra non secular degree. Via my experiences, I realised that there are deeper issues we’re able to – rather more than I used to be made to consider was attainable.

KALTBLUT: So Berlin was a little bit of a portal to put inside you that you simply didn’t even learn about?

MIKEY: Undoubtedly. I’m not speaking about utilizing medication to exit and get fucked up on goal however utilizing them to look extra internally to unlock one thing. When you notice this and when you notice it’s not only a trick of the thoughts, and these journeys will not be simply issues that you simply’re making up, it opens up a complete new world to a brand new mind-set, potentialities and connections. I believe it’s helped me develop and compelled me to essentially ask myself why I’m right here? What’s my goal within the universe? Quite than writing songs that don’t actually ask these questions and simply unlocking a special door to ask these kinds of questions.

KALTBLUT: So ultimately transferring to Berlin grew to become a key second in your inventive journey. How has the expertise of your course of modified because you’ve lived right here?

MIKEY: I suppose it made me notice what actual mates are and what actual connections are and I believe it’s what I actually wanted. It’s what the universe had in retailer for me. Once I lived in London and the opposite locations it helped me to develop in different methods. I believe musically it helped me struggle to be the most effective I may very well be – it’s a really aggressive place, so it actually helped me push myself whereas I believe if I had moved straight to Berlin, I don’t assume I’d have pushed myself as exhausting. Berlin is a far more chilled and laid again place that strikes at a slower tempo, so it was good to expertise London and New York first after which come right here and discover ways to method issues in a extra relaxed approach. My strategy of writing has modified right here, now I’m taking my time and realizing that there’s nothing flawed with having fun with life on the identical time slightly than getting stressed over the whole lot.

KALTBLUT: Are you able to inform us extra about your inspiration and influences, the place you draw from?

MIKEY: I pull from wherever, as an artist, you’ll be able to’t search for it in a single place. It comes when it comes and from time to time one thing will have an effect on you, or life will have an effect on you in several methods. I search for it all over the place – in nature, connections, relationships. I’m open to the whole lot. Generally I do know what I wish to say, and generally I don’t however a part of the songwriting course of is letting the music information and train you what it’s you needed to say. I suppose in that approach, I really feel very fortunate that I’m capable of write songs and capable of be on stage in entrance of a whole room and be at my most susceptible about this expertise I’ve gone by. It’s one thing that many individuals don’t get an opportunity to share in entrance of lots of people or are scared to have this second. It’s rather more therapeutic for me to go on the stage and inform the deepest, darkest experiences. So this can be a very highly effective therapeutic factor for myself. Once I carry out on stage and the viewers is in it with me they really feel a way of familiarity and permit themselves to open up too.

KALTBLUT: How a lot does this expertise transcend the music? How does that every one come collectively while you’re on stage?

MIKEY: My journey has been about understanding the facility of realizing that the whole lot is vitality and the facility of vibration, the impact that the vibration has while you write a music you’re utilizing many alternative types of manipulating vibration. So while you use a letter, one letter isn’t only one letter – to me it branches out into infinite potentialities. So then you definately put one letter with one other letter to make a phrase, to make a sentence, to make a complete music. And that’s a really highly effective factor. You’re taking part in with magic. And then you definately’re additionally mixing that with the facility of sound frequencies, which is one other type of manipulating vitality. It’s a really highly effective magic factor you’re coping with. And so while you perceive that as a performer and an artist –  you might be there to boost and make folks conscious of their very own potential, as you management the vitality of the room – it flows out of you, branching out into each single individual. Regardless that they may solely simply see it as a music, I do know what’s actually happening.

KALTBLUT: Are you able to inform us extra concerning the course of in your dwell reveals, how do you develop these ideas?

MIKEY: Once I’m considering of efficiency, even the outfit that I’m carrying, I’m not considering of what’s going to look good. I’m considering I additionally how colors have an effect on folks, for instance, what you’re carrying, what does that color imply? So even the hand actions that I’m doing, for instance, I’m not simply doing them at random – it’s controlling the vitality within the room. So after I’m transferring my hand ahead, it’s like an entity popping out of my hand. I do know that the vitality goes to maintain flowing out to everybody. I can join with these folks, and everyone has their very own sort of vitality subject or sphere round them, so I’m attempting to develop my vitality to embrace all the room – creating a whole sphere or force-field the place nothing else may contact us at that second.

KALTBLUT: You launched your first E.P. again in June. Are you able to inform us the way it felt to launch this music into the world for the primary time?

MIKEY: I’ve been doing music now for 10 years and this was the primary I felt able to launch it. I simply assume I wasn’t actually snug in my very own self but to make my stance on the earth and to return out on the earth like that. I’m nonetheless attempting to grasp my very own id and my place on the earth, figuring out myself to a degree the place I’m capable of discuss the place I’m coming from. So yeah, that’s what the primary E.P. targeted on – quite a bit on gender points and struggles, looking for my id and the place I slot in on the earth. It’s an extended highway however I’m glad that my first E.P. handled these points. They had been the toughest issues that I’ve needed to undergo, they usually actually caught me off guard on the time. I by no means had imagined I must face these questions on myself in an effort to simply “be” on the earth.

KALTBLUT: Your work could be very sensual and emotional. Placing a lot of your self into your work that’s a courageous factor to do. What sort of message are you hoping to share?

MIKEY: I suppose with my work and what I write about it’s all about reconnecting with your self, but additionally realizing how interconnected we’re to one another.

KALTBLUT: Why did you resolve to deal with the monitor “Love Levitation” for the video, and the way did you develop the story for it?

MIKEY: I selected to movie “Love Levitation” in a single take – a steady shot – as a sort of private problem. A part of me needed to check my instinct and efficiency talents, to show to myself that I may cross over right into a state of performative trance and be current in it as a do-or-die second. Right here I’m channelling the X-Males character Rogue, whose contact can kill. From my very own experiences of residing as a gender-non conforming being, I really feel a reference to Rogue as a result of she exists in a spot the place nobody dares to carry their love. The powers and strengths you’ve come to just accept are additionally a curse since you really feel you’ll be able to by no means be cherished like a traditional human being – you’re at all times in-between the in-betweens. “Love Levitation” is an anthem & a reminder about by no means compromising who you might be for somebody who isn’t prepared for you. Preserve being Rogue!

KALTBLUT: Are you able to inform us extra about while you began to grasp this a part of your self and additional discover your id?

MIKEY: Years in the past after I first began dressing up and discovering my very own gender I simply did it to have enjoyable and to exit with mates, and I didn’t know what it really meant or how it will have an effect on my life. Now, the gender non-conforming half is such an enormous a part of my life. It’s affected the whole lot from my relationships in love and my friendships. Even going to a membership and having folks fully freaked out as a result of they don’t know what to think about me. They don’t know the place to put me. It’s like a forbidden fruit that’s nonetheless engaging they usually’re drawn to this enchantment of the thriller behind me. However now I perceive it higher and perceive myself higher. It’s received to some extent the place I notice that id is just not really necessary as a result of the very idea of id is about looking for the place you slot in – solely as a result of that is what society has advised us to do. The assemble to be “one thing” or to slot in to a bunch, right into a field, and in fact none of that really issues. I’m simply attempting to simply be current and within the second. All this different stuff is only a distraction to distract us from discovering the next consciousness and potential inside ourselves.

KALTBLUT: Are you able to inform us what you might have arising subsequent?

MIKEY: I’m already engaged on my subsequent E.P. so I’ve my set of songs chosen already. It’s an idea I’m engaged on known as the transce-former, it’s all about constructing this fixed state of trance in on a regular basis life – we’re all vibrating, Transce beings. It goals to rebalance gender and recognise and delete the ego, rebalancing the agenda inside oneself slightly than being a person or a girl and coming again to the center. Coming again into the center of your individual vitality sphere and from the center, there are infinite potentialities to go in each route. Harmonising spheres to make room for everybody.

Paths is out now

PATHS by MIKEY.

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Photograph credit
Photographer: Wilkosz & Manner
Make-up artist: Sarah Hartgens
Styling: MIKEY

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