Sensational Nigerian Alté artiste, Michael Echezona, better known by his stage name, Myke, has released his debut EP, which is a collaborative effort with his label mate, AB1.
Myke, an indigene of Anambra state, but born in Lagos Nigeria, started his music journey as a 16-year old boy in 2004 with “Dope Tracks Entertainment”. Like most other upcoming artistes, Myke had to contend with some bottlenecks, chief among them being a certain inability to identify a music genre that would complement his gift.
However, Dope Tracks Entertainment, at that time, was a flourishing music label which was home to big artistes of the early 2000s like Big Lo and 2 shortz. Myke smartly leveraged on this opportunity and devoted time to understudying the talent around him while trying to make his ways. Shortly after his time at dope tracks, he made his way into “Coded Tunes” which at the time had headlining artists like 9ice, Lord of Ajasa, 2phat, Seriki, Olamide, amongst a long list of others.
After years of understudying these industry big shots, Myke adopted Alté because it best suited his style, adaptability and vocal uniqueness.
Simplified for the uninitiated, Myke’s music genre, Alté, is Nigerian lingo for ‘alternative’ which means freedom of expression. Although the artists belonging to this subgroup differ greatly in style, it generally fuses a variety of genres including, R&B, rap, indie, and dancehall. Alté refutes the notion that African music can be boiled down to a single monolithic genre title, as it so often is by outsiders.
However, while trying to find a balance between his love for music, fashion and academia, he kept postponing his music projects but the wait was over as his debut EP was released, which is a collaboration between he and his label mate AB1. The EP, whose title is still under wraps, extols self acclamation and confidence.
Myke is currently working underground with Nigerian A-list artistes like Peruzzi and others. He’s also working with the best producers in the industry, including Masterkraft in his forthcoming album, an international/cross-over Alternative album.
When Myke is not in the studio making hit jams, he spends his free time watching and playing Football, Tennis, and Pool. Although Myke spent years understudying Nigerian artistes, he alludes his music influences to western artistes such as Kanye West, Smokie, Florence Welch, Lana del rey, and SAINt JHN. However, and perhaps, his biggest music influence maybe from Finnish rock band, The Rasmus, whom he hopes to have a collaboration with in the near future.
Myke has been in the music and entertainment industry for years and has a piece of advice for his fans and younger ones. “Nothing good comes easy. Good and quality work is worth the pursuit. Strategy and patience is key to success in any field of life.” He admonished.
On the most valuable lesson he’s learnt as a musician, Myke said “The most valuable lesson i have personally learnt is your Originality defines your journey in terms of longevity. One must stay true to oneself.” It’s this originality, complemented by his talent, style and craft that propelled Myke to the Alternative genre, and one which is set to take him to the pinnacle of music in Africa.
Company Name: Honeyland Production Company
Contact Person: Micheal Echezona
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