We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikarlo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mikarlo, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided long ago that I wanted to make people happy. With each passing day, I learn new lessons and gain influence that I use as motivation to continue what I do. I’ve been a creative person since childhood and exploring that part of myself brings me such joy. I love that my art can cause emotions to rise! It’s therapeutic to create the art for me but for the audience, the listener, it can also be very healing. I put all of my heartache and troubles into my work to relieve myself of it and I hope that listening or watching could do the same for those who tune in.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love that I see it all as a puzzle and putting that puzzle together is so rewarding. From the production to the lyrics and melody, then you have the visuals and concepts, it’s such a ride and I love every second of it. I love putting meaning behind everything I do. There are always challenges at nearly every step but you have to learn how to handle them. I’ve had challenges at every show I’ve performed, from security not letting me leave to go change from me losing my voice. You have to learn to adapt at any given time. As for my story, I would say that I want the world to know that I’m here to spread love and help others feel emotions they might not have even known they had. I want to heal the world. No matter how that sounds, it’s my goal and I plan on reaching it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, there’s a breakfast spot in Tarzana called “Cici’s Cafe” and it is divine! That place is a 10/10 for me! Next stop, we can go shopping at the Westfield Topanga Mall, just because it’s large and has nearly everything you could want. At some point we would have to visit a bar called “Mr. Furley’s” in Sherman Oaks, the “Tipsy Cow” restaurant on Ventura Boulevard, as well as “Beeps” which is a restaurant in Van Nuys. These are just some of my favorite places in LA county but not too close to LA so you can avoid the terrible traffic!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shout-out to Yavin! I have admired his work for some time and recently got to write a song with him. His creativity when it comes to songwriting is truly inspiring. He’s such a kind soul. You can find and follow him on Instagram! @helloyavin

Instagram: @MikarloOfficial

Twitter: @Mikarlo

Youtube: https://youtu.be/g7i-aIXzI1o

Image Credits
Jonathan Ivan, Christophe Mcwhorter, Bonnie Nichoalds

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