Meet whatever mike, the rising indie pop artist who is taking the music world for a ride. Wielding an impressive career that spans from major label releases to independent artistry, whatever mike has captured the ears of fans and critics alike.
Their debut single, “Manufactured Love,” catapulted whatever mike into the spotlight. Racketing to #6 on the Spotify Viral chart, and gaining 20M+ streams, they began to carve out a space for themselves in the industry. That said, the pandemic brought about a new chapter for the rising star. They spent their time in the Joshua Tree desert of Southern California, cultivating their latest EP, “Word to the Trees.” During this time, they left their label, became a dedicated daily meditator, and came out as a trans person.
Through change comes rebirth, as “Word to the Trees” taps into the regenerative essence of nature. Spanning out over five songs, listeners bear witness to whatever mike’s unparalleld artistry. While some tracks, such the titular “Word to the Trees” brim with optimism, others like “Lost Anyways” offer up a spiritual weightiness. All in all, making for a project with queer pop sensibilities and soulful undertones. With sonic and lyrical textures reminiscent of Frank Ocean, Francis and the Lights, and Sam Smith, Word to the Trees blends soulful musicality with queer spirituality.
Marking whatever mike’s first release as an independent artist, “Word to the Trees” is a triumph. With all the talent and determination that whatever mike brings to the table, it’s clear that they’re destined for great things in the music industry.
Head below to listen to whatever mike’s new EP “Word to the Trees”…