New Noise: Mikala

Getting to know the rising R&B star.

Danish/Italian Mikala is about to become the go-to-girl of Nordic soul. Born and raised in Copenhagen, her voice oozes with retro R&B influences and is dazzlingly beautiful. Growing up with a musician father, her passion and enjoyment of music is clear and infectious, rubbing off in her music and making it impossible not to have fun listening.

Having recently released her sensational smooth pop track “We Got It”, Mikala is quickly establishing herself as one to watch and we couldn’t agree more. With a voice reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, her silky vocals are highlighted by a gospel-tinged background creating a cinematic sound as she looks back at her childhood.

Set to be the next-big-thing, we sat down with the soul songstress to find out all about her.

When did you first fall in love with music?

I was pretty much born into it. My dad is a musician and I grew up always having it around me. My parents have told me this story of when my mom was pregnant with me and they went to a concert a few weeks before I was born. When the music was playing, I would move so much around in her stomach and that’s how I’ve been from day one.

Who are your main musical influences?

I have lot. And a lot of them have inspired me in different way/areas of music. Singing wise, some of my biggest heroes are Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. And as far as songwriting goes, I think no one beats the Beatles. I used to listen to a lot of Motown too just to name a few, but I could definitely go on and on.

Can you tell us about your newest single “We Got It”?

The song came about in a very organic way. It felt more like a jam session with my friends back in the day. It reminded me of how we just used to meet up and play for no other reason than the passion and love we had for music. The line “We got love” was the line that kind of set the whole song off and I wanted to write about what it means to have love in your life, and remembering what is actually important in life. It’s basically a song about appreciating your family and friends and how that’s pretty much all you need.

“I felt like I got back what is the essence of why we do what we do – which is to always be driven by this unconditional love and passion for music.”

What was the inspiration for the track?

Two years ago I was introduced to a lot of people in the the music business and was approached by a lot of labels, and was suddenly thrown into this world where everything was about who you knew and if you were hanging out with the right or wrong people and during that time there were a lot of different things if my life, that steered me away from my focus on music and why I was doing it. I was having a lot of different sessions with different people I didn’t really know, so when I started working with my producer David Mørup, I felt like I got back what is the essence of why we do what we do – which is to always be driven by this unconditional love and passion for music. Like when I was a kid and all I could think about was singing and playing music. I think that was subconsciously the inspiration for the track. Hence the very organic sound, the child-like backgrounds in the hook.

You’re about to drop the video for the song too. What was your creative vision for it?

I knew from the beginning I wanted to shoot it where I actually grew up and that I wanted my real friends and family to be a part of it, so it felt and looked as real and authentic as possible. Further more I wanted to keep it simple and clean with the black and white, because I think the people and the way it was shot mostly in slowmotion adds to the warmth, but still keeps it simple and minimalistic and doesn’t take away the focus from the message in the song.

Who are some of your fellow R&B stars that you’re listening to right now?

There’s so many new dope artists that I listen to and am inspired by it’s not all R&B, but I think genres are becoming more and more merged anyway. Right now I’m really inspired by Noname, Kehlani, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alessia Cara, Andersson.Paak, Jay Prince, Frank Ocean just to name a few..

What are the rest of your plans for this year?

I really wanna focus on getting out there and perform for people. I’m so eager to play my songs and build an audience. I come from singing and performing live, so I feel like it’s one of my strongest assets. Also I just wanna keep releasing new music, while continuously working on new songs and building a platform to share all the music I’ve been working on for the past year.

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New Noise: Mikala

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