virtuoso, gymnastic vocalist and born entertainer, Mika has music in his
bones. His four-octave voice, which he knows when to restrain and when to
unleash, needs to be heard to be believed, and he uses it to powerful
effect on Life. Whether praising the delights of the larger-framed woman
on the funk-rocking “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful),” describing the
journey of a married man who discovers that he’s attracted to men on the
burlesque “Billy Brown,” or simply celebrating the joys of being alive
on “Love Today,” he is unafraid to revel in the pleasure he takes in
licensed “Love Today” for online and mobile-phone spots in its RED
23-year-old singer, songwriter and producer whose sparkling debut album,
Life in Cartoon Motion, is being released in the US on 3/27/07.
I was born in Lebanon and raised in Paris and London, hopping from
country to country like a footloose hippy with my four brothers and
Coming from different background to most I found no place at school and
delved into music from an early age. I started writing songs as a kid, not
because of grand ambitions but because it was an easy way to tell a story,
a joke and often the truth. Tell the truth in a song and people are less
pissed off than if you were to say it to their face.
I sent out my stories to anyone and everyone, not surprisingly I often got
no reply. The further I got into music the more attention I was getting
for my own song writing, I made a choice last year and decided to go for
is my first record.
It has a coming of age theme, and deals with my transition from childhood
to now. What's my sound? I guess it's in the writing. I apologize in
advance to the people who's stories and characters I have borrowed from.
Remember, It's only a caricature.
smart, musically adventurous and thematically provocative, the thirteen
songs on Life, all of them written and produced by Mika, combine euphoric
rushes of melody with darker unexpected elements.
They range from
bright daytime melodramas to night-time tales of love, loss, abandonment,
hope and happiness. Each is a splendid blend of fresh imagination and deft
pop craftsmanship. They are songs, Mika says, “about transitions,”
about people in the process of becoming whoever they want to be. Sort of
like Mika himself.
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