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Mikalott


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


I'm an Artist/Engineer/Producer by the name of Mikalott and I reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I started writing and recording music in 2010 and then began producing and engineering in 2017. Although I primarily do a lot of rapping, I don't like to box myself in as a "rapper". I really just enjoy creating music. I believe rapping is a great tool to make good music. As a result, I'm sonically diverse. You can check out a few of my songs here:

https://soundcloud.com/mikalott/accident
https://soundcloud.com/mikalott/newflow


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


My taste has definitely evolved over time. When I first began to write and record, my biggest influences at the time were Lil B, Childish Gambino, and Odd Future. As time went on and I grew as an artist I began to pull inspiration and influences from a multitude of sources. Currently some of my biggest influences are Tory Lanez, Russ, Logic, Drake, and Young Thug. Outside of music, I'm currently influenced by Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferriss. Producing has been my most recent endeavor and as a result my influences are being reshaped once more; I've found ways to take the video games, anime, movies, etc. that I loved back in my youth and let them breathe new life into the music I create.


What´s new right now?


Currently, I'm doing a LOT of collaborative work. Ever since I learned how to mix and produce, I've had my hands very full. As a result I have a ton of songs with many different local artists that I'm deciding exactly what to do with. Singles seem to be the current wave, but you can expect a few projects from me this year. I'm also entertaining the idea of a producer album (think DJ Khaled, Mike Will Made It, etc). I'm also working on putting together a couple of headlining shows here in Atlanta.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


Music has much stronger ties to emotion than logic. From writing to recording to performing, don't overthink things during the process.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?


Interact with others. Actually use it as a social media platform.


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


Finding time to do what needs to be done. I've made a commitment to producing 3 tracks a day, so naturally that takes some time. Then finding time to write songs, record them, properly engineer them, still connect and collaborate with others, and still live life outside of my work has been a struggle lately. I've had to sacrifice a few things and find ways to hack my time.


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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?


Try something new or different every time you sit down to create. Whether that's producing with different instruments than you normally use, or writing to tracks you wouldn't normally write to. Push the envelope, everytime.


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?


Do not overthink things. I used to get Writer's Block all the time and sit on verses for hours, days even. I realized that comes from chasing perfection… which doesn't exist. Also, taking a break and coming back to something works wonders.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


What's happened? I'm doing collabs with my influences.


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http://www.soundcloud.com/mikalott

http://www.facebook.com/mikalott

http://www.twitter.com/mikalott_

http://www.instagram.com/instagram

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