An Interview With Mikarlo
Mikarlo is back with an ultra colorful retro pop track that hits the aesthetic on the mark.
"All I Need" is incredible fun and feels genuinely like a hit song from 1989 right down to the synths.
The song is bright and vibrant as Mikarlo sings with loads of passion bordering on an R&B style mixed into the pop production and it works very well.
This single is complete with ambient pads, vintage synths and guitars, and more hooks than you can handle.
"All I Need" is a radio song that you can get right up and dance to from the start and it's energy and feel is untouchable.
This song covers all the bases and comes in swinging with a gusto and a major love for the sound.
What's even better is the accompanying music video for the track as it is just as colorful as the song is. Back up dancers do their thing and Mikralo shows his presence as an artist.
The single is part of a full length album called Crowded that hits a virtual ton of pop and most of it is ready for the dancefloor.
The album has heart, soul, and the songs have a life of their own.
With such an opus of an album and single, we wanted to have a chat with Mikarlo about it all. Here's what happened.
TSWS: Okay so let's start with "All I Need". This track is loaded with R&B but also has a bit of a retro feel to it and it sounds awesome! Where did this track come from?
Mikarlo: The song is meant to be a feel good “I love you” or “I love myself” depending on how you want to hear it. When writing, I felt the need to ask myself “what do you really want to say?” But I couldn’t answer it. I felt lost at the moment and wrote it about hoping to find that special someone to say “you’re all I need” to but after the song was released, I listened and I realized I was writing to myself because I got myself through so many traumatic events and stressful times, I’m all I ever needed.
TSWS: The video was really fun and colorful just as the song is. Did the video come out how you expected? Were you happy with it?
Mikarlo: I love the video so much. I can watch it over and over again! It definitely turned out better than I expected. The video is really about me dreaming about becoming a pop star and having visions of me singing and dancing, as well as me being lost in limbo between it all and trying to figure out how to get there. I’m not sure if everyone watching got that from watching it but that’s how I tell the story.
TSWS: How did this all start for you?
Mikarlo: I started writing songs at the age of 12. I didn’t know I wanted to become an artist until I was about 16. It’s been a long journey and I’ve wanted to give up multiple times but I’m here and I’m pushing! I just never stopped dreaming.
TSWS: I'm hearing several styles of R&B and pop in this track. What bands and artists really influenced you?
Mikarlo: I’d definitely say my inspirations range from Lady Gaga to Skylar Grey, from Troye Sivan to Beyoncé, Beware of Darkness to Aaliyah. I’m all over the place but I definitely draw inspiration from wherever or whoever I can. I feel like every artist has something special they can teach you, you just have to find it!
TSWS: Will you be putting any focus on live performance when the time comes?
Mikarlo: Definitely! I miss performing live! I had a really good lineup of shows planned before Covid-19 hit and took us all for a ride. I cannot wait to get back out there and really take the world by storm!
TSWS: What sort of things inspire you to write?
Mikarlo: A lot of my songs stem from a broken heart. Some times it’s not always my heart that I’m writing from. Usually it is, but I’ve heard stories from friends and also just from the internet or movies that inspire me to write. I may not have been in that situation but I can empathize. I’ve become really good at putting myself in others shoes, it sometimes feel as if I was actually in that situation. Other than that, I’d say that I write so you can feel. As humans, we’re not always in touch with ourselves and our emotions. We’re told to just be tough and fight through it when that’s not always healthy. With my music, I want those emotions to be acknowledged while you’re dancing or crying or just vibing. It’s okay to feel.
TSWS: What does someone like you do when you're NOT working on music?
Mikarlo: I love video games and oddly enough, I’m obsessed with ASMR. I listen to ASMR videos every single day, regardless of what I’m doing and my friends think I’m weird because of it. It’s just so relaxing!
TSWS: Is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists trying to get heard?
Mikarlo: For me, I found that I wanted to make music that I hadn’t exactly heard anywhere. Not to say that it didn’t exist but it just hadn’t come to my attention. I’d say be 100% you and do what you feel you should do, not what’s expected of you. If you want to make a song about pizza rolls because you’re obsessed, do it! If you want to whisper on a house beat, do it! Do what you want! Those who need to hear you, will.
TSWS: What's your favorite midnight snack? (random questions are fun too)
Mikarlo: I don’t really have a midnight snack but I love soft pretzels. If stores were open around midnight, you’d catch me buying at least 3 soft pretzels!
TSWS: What artists are you listening to right now?
Mikarlo: I’m kind of obsessed with Chloe X Halle and Jessie Ware. I think Do It and Spotlight are already the best songs of the decade and we just started!
TSWS: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Mikarlo: I’d like to say thank you for listening to what I have to say, thank you for supporting me, and I appreciate everyone for pulling me out of the dark places in my mind, even when you didn’t know you were doing so. Your kind messages actually make a difference to me and I love seeing them!