We had the good fortune of connecting with Mykel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mykel, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The 10 year overnight success. It’s so funny to me how people glamorize creative careers in general, and especially ones in music. It’s easy to buy into the narrative that one day, if you sing at your local bar someone from a record label or a manager will “discover” you, wisp you off to LA and the rest is history! The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Even the artists who come seemingly out of nowhere have been hustling in the game for YEARS before their big break. This break can happen at any moment, so the pressure is continuing to put yourself in positions where opportunity is likely to find you. Whether by consistently releasing music independently, building an online brand, networking, writing for other artists, or branching out into other creative musical spheres such as film and television. You have to be versatile and spread yourself pretty thin in this business just to have a small chance at catching that magic ‘break’. And let me tell you it takes time and money and a whole lotta risk to do it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am very proud of my versatility. I have had the opportunity to dive into many different musical capacities that have been amazing. I love that I have been able to direct/produce so many amazing music videos. I truly have a passion for visuals and those projects of mine are by far the ones I’m most proud of. I would say it still isn’t easy, but it’s absolutely worth it. The biggest challenge is believing in yourself enough to risk and invest in yourself continually. But when you do, the magic of who you are really shines through. I want to help people feel heard and understood. Music is therapy for me and my only goal is to empower others in any emotional capacity and help them feel seen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Holy cow too many to even begin! I’m a beach bum kinda gal so if we had a day, I’d absolutely dive headfirst into a Malibu Beach adventure. Paradise Cove Cafe for Dinner, Brunch at Nobu, Dessert Hula Pie at Dukes with a whole day of beach relaxing and adventuring. Malibu also has fun hikes as well. Sunrise Cafe has one of my favorite protein smoothies. If it were a week I’d take a day in every part of the city. LA has way to much to see!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many amazing creatives and mentors I’ve had in my life that have transformed me both as an artist and a human being. I would have to say Brandon Jarrett, a film composer and amazing producer in Van Nuys has been one of my most beloved mentors. He took me under his wing when I was 17, and introduced me to the world of songwriting and recording. His positivity has shaped me and the way I like to work in the studio. Not to mention allowed me the opportunity to venture into the world of film and television music where I have truly thrived! I’ll be forever grateful!
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