Mika On Indoor Vs Outdoor Shows, New Album & Recording In Spanish

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In the latest episode of Swisscom Talk, Mika talked about his new album ‘The Origin of Love’, the difference between outdoor and indoor gigs, how he doesn’t have worries about past hits being a curse writing new material, artists he’s been listening to lately, being a fan of Shakira’s last Spanish album, and if he’d possibly release an album in Spanish.

On what fans should expect from his live show being indoors:

I’m in a festival run, so I’ve been doing various sized shows, and we’ve done from 40,000 to 5,000, and the one thing they have in common is that they’re all outdoors. So I walked into soundcheck today and I was like, “Oh my god, this is indoors. This is totally different.” So I had to get used to it. It’s very different playing indoors. You’re allowed to do different things when you are indoors. You’re allowed to go really small and do tiny things with small details, and then go crazy 30 seconds later. If you do that outside, people get kind of distracted. They can’t hear properly. There’s different lights. There’s bugs on your face. So it’s different. It’s cool.

On ‘The Origin of Love’:

I made this record and I packed a suitcase and went and didn’t come home until I had written the whole album. It’s like a personal diary of 10 to 12 months. I worked with people who inspired me and accidents happened like Pharrell. We weren’t supposed to work together but then we did and we wrote something great. So there’s him, there’s a guy called Nick Littlemore from a band Empire of the Sun who worked with me on the record, and there’s people on the internet who have never done anything before who worked on the record. So there’s this whole thing, and I guess you still hear that it’s me. You still hear me in the choruses and the melodies, but at the same time I approached the record with the attitude that I had to do this as if it was very much the first time. Like I had never done anything before, and I think that is so important. I think every five years you have to say I’m going to do something as if it’s the first time with no rules.

On hit songs being a curse for future material:

When you have a (hit song), it can be for some artists. I think that the kind of music that I make is so eccentric innately, whether it’s a hit or whether it’s just an album track, that it kind of puts me in my own bubble, and I think inevitably that protects me at the same time. I’m lucky enough that I don’t make music that sounds like a time or a style or a sound. I sound just kind of like a bit weird all the time. So that helps. How can music that gets around be anything but a good thing? When you can turn around and play venues all over the world, and you know that’s only because of the fact that you can get your music on radio or it travels, that’s something that does really well, it’s a blessing.

Being a fan of Shakira’s ‘Sale el Sol’ album:

Not that many people know if you’re looking at a pop example, that last Shakira album she did in Spanish, it’s just one of the best pop albums that she’s ever made, and it’s all in Spanish. For some reason it connected in France massively, but if you ask a normal person in the UK or America if you’ve heard the Spanish record, they’d be like no, and it’s just like sizzling. It’s great.

On imaging if he could be recording in Spanish someday:

I could actually, because I speak Spanish. I speak with a Spanish accent, not a South American accent, so all my c’s are th, which makes it much harder.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Mika On Discretely Dating, ‘The Origin Of Love’ LP & Madonna Track

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Wotyougot recently caught up with Mika to discuss his upcoming third album ‘The Origin Of Love’, as well as a new relationship he’s in, music piracy, his career thus far, a song he wrote for Madonna’s new album ‘MDNA’ called ‘Gang Bang’, and more.

On if the person he’s dating is well-known:

No. It’s discreet, which is, as always, if you ever want to have a relationship, the more discrete you keep it in my world, the more chance you have of having it last.

On ‘The Origin Of Love’:

It all started in Montreal, and it’s quite a collaborative record between me and Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun, who I started the album with. It’s extremely joyful, and it’s kind of love songs that are non traditional love songs. It’s an alternative pop record fundamentally and it’s full of joy. It’s very honest. My heart is very much on my sleeve in this record and some of it is really exciting to me. I mean I kind of feel like I’ve got an album that I’m really proud of, and believe it or not it doesn’t happen that often where you actually sit there and think some of this stuff is what I’d hold up and say this is what I’ve done and I just want people to here it.

On ‘Bang Bang’:

It was full of all these statements that my grandfather used to say, like a fish out of water, like a bat out of hell, things like you may think it’s you I like the most but I’m just keeping my enemies close. These are all things that my granddad used to say. He was kind of this burly Arab guy who lived in New York. Madonna heard this song because William Orbit presented it to her, and I didn’t know. As far as I was concerned it was just a song that I was writing for myself, and then Madonna liked it and she recorded her version and in the end she adapted it. I was never in the studio with Madonna. The song got changed I think countless times and in the end it was called ‘Gang Bang’, probably because there was so many people that worked on it and it’s kind of cool. I think it’s probably my favorite thing off that last record. It’s kind of grown up in a weird sort of way. It’s got this bitterness about it which is kind of cool to hear from her.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Mika On What To Expect From ‘The Origin Of Love’ LP

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Mika spoke with NRJ Radio in France about the meaning behind his new single ‘Celebrate’, the style fans can expect on his new album, love being a major topic of the CD, and his touring plans.

“The tittle of the album is ‘The Origin of Love’ because a song is called ‘The Origin of Love’,” the British singer songwriter said about the follow-up to his 2009 album ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’. “And it’s love songs, but for me love songs are not a slow song with cords and a piano. There are all sorts of love songs. I speak about religion, politics, I speak about alcohol, drugs… All my experiences. I won’t talk about childhood, nor about teenage years. I speak about the perspective of a man, I feel like if I have a neutral perspective.”

Watch the interview, in French, via YouTube below.

Mika Signs Autographs In Seoul

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Mika stopped for a meet and greet while on tour in Seoul, South Korea the other day, where the British pop singer was met with screams and video cameras taping his every move. The 26-year-old signed several autographs with the help of a security man’s flashlight in the dimly lit area.

Mika talked about the Seoul show in an interview with channelnewsasia.com, and how an early showtime helped him catch up on the World Cup. “I played a show in Seoul the night before last night and they made us go on stage at 6 o’clock, so we went on stage at 6 o’clock. I was off-stage by 8:15. They emptied the venue by 8:20,” Mika explained. “It was the big Olympic arena hall thing. They emptied it out in 5 minutes and brought in a whole new audience. And they put huge screens up while my crew was taking away my stuff and they showed the South Korea match and I stayed and watched the whole thing. It was amazing.”

Watch fan filmed footage via YouTube below.

Boyzone ‘Gave It All Away’ Video

Boyzone are out with the video to their Mika penned new single ‘Gave It All Away’, the lead release off the Irish boy band’s fourth studio album ‘Brother’, out March 8th via Polydor. Watch it at YouTube.

Update: Here’s what Mika has to say about the song:

I was shocked and saddened when I heard about Stephen’s passing, he touched so many people’s lives both with his music and with his wonderful personality. It’s an honour to hear him sing my song. I wish all the best to the rest of the boys. I’m proud of the song and proud of their version.

Mika ‘Blame It On The Girls’ Video

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Mika is out with the music video to his new single ‘Blame It On The Girls’, the second Japanese and American release from the London based pop singer’s sophomore album ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’, out now on Casablanca. Watch the Nez Khammal directed video via Dailymotion below the cut. (more…)

Mika ‘Rain’ Benny Benassi & Seamus Haji Remixes

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Mika is out with Benny Benassi and Seamus Haji Big Love remixes for his new single ‘Rain’. Both remixes are featured on the iTunes digital download. Music videos for each via YouTube have since been removed.

Mika ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’ EPK

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Mika discussed and performed songs from his new album ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’ in an electronic press kit posted at the English singer’s YouTube. “The inspiration for this record was very much like, how do I look at childhood,” Mika says in the vide. “Because the first album was so much about childhood. But take it forward, and start to look at the other side of it, the slightly darker side of childhood. That inevitably led me into the them of adolescence and teenage years.”

Parts 1 and 2 of the EPK at YouTube have since been removed.

Mika Leaving BBC Maida Vale Studios

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Mika was photographed leaving BBC Maida Vale Studios in a plaid shirt and a fun hat on Monday (September 28) in London, England. The pop star had visited the Live Lounge with Fearne Cotton. Check out more pictures and – if you’re in the UK – listen to the interview and performances of ‘We Are Golden’ and ‘Poker Face’ by Lady Gaga at bbc.co.uk/radio1.

Mika Previews Blackpool Show

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Mika checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@mikamyspace) on Friday (September 4), talking about his show in Blackpool on Saturday with Pixie Lott and Will Young and the pending release of his new single ‘We Are Golden’. The London based pop singer tells readers:

Anyway back to Blackpool. I’m looking forward to this. Haven’t been there since I was a kid. Just checked out the line up and saw that Pixie Lott is performing. When I bumped into her at rehearsal studios a couple weeks ago I thought she was in the room just to steal my drummer Cherise but then realized the last time I saw her was when she was dancing on stage as a Lollipop Girl at one of my first London shows. I like her. Will Young is performing as well. I’ve always had a soft spot for him, his voice is yummy. This could be really fun. I hear that some of the Fan Club are trying to get me down and have fish and chips with them. YOU KNOW WHAT I’m up for it. I’ll try to come by after my Alan Carr interview. Lets sort it out on Twitter. For those who don’t know yet, tomorrow’s performance is gonna be acoustic.

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