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Mikey Sol


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


Hey I'm Mikey Sol and I am an artist and the producer half of RoeShamBeaux. My current homebase is Northern Virginia, but you can find me anywhere with good food. I put out alot of solo music but my main passion project is RoeShamBeaux, which is made up of me and my brother Jay The Homie. He's the vocalist side of our duo and I handle the miscellaneous noises. I have been around music all of my life, but I have been making my own music now for about half my life. It sounds like a long time, but the room for growth is infinite.

Whenever people ask me about the type of music I make it's hard for me to pin down, but the two moods that I always gravitate towards are "tropical" or "emo as hell". I'll be making a song and if I'm not paying attention to the direction of the song, it'll always end up super beachy or it'll turn into something that'll make you cry 40 days and 40 nights. I really like using natural foley in my songs, so you'll hear alot of background beach noises or forest noises. I remember there was a time when I exclusively used rain sounds and the frieplace crackles. Once I got out of that, I started recording things I hear into Iphone voice memos and using those in my production. I try to keep my sound eclectic but you'll always be able to feel the vibe I'm going for.

https://soundcloud.com/mikeysol/mikey-sol-slow-dance

https://soundcloud.com/mikeysol/roeshambeaux-spaday


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


I'm still influenced by my original influences, but as I have gotten older my focus has been on experiences and emotions. Experiences and people that have had a profound effect on me or something that has left a lasting impression. When I make music I try to think in terms of snapshots. A good example of this is my love for movies and literature. So much can be conveyed in these mediums, and I try to bring over those same tecniques to music production. I always try to "make a scene" when I'm laying out an idea. Probably the most consequential part of my process is when I ask myself "if this were a backing track in a movie/video game or on a soundtrack for a book, what would the characters be doing in the scene?" That's how I create anything to be honest, because that's how I remember most things in life. Whenever I look back at something I view it as a pov movie scene, but because of that I have some real strong emotional connections to certain people and memories. It's funny because sometimes when it looks like I am in a somber mood, I'm just coming up with fake playlists in my head for different memories or thinking about how to save humanity.

Another monumental source of inspiration are my homies. I love seeing them win. I have alot of friends in other creative arts like dance, or homies working on themselves and their respective careers, and some that are trying to save the world, and when I see them living it pushes me to do the same. Them along with my family. I'm the oldest of 3 and I put in work so that when my siblings see it, hopefully it can influence them to do the same.


What´s new right now?


Me and Jay The Homie plan to release a bunch of new music as RoeShamBeaux, but that's not all. We plan on announcing a whole ton of merch and events to flood the summer with. Make sure to look out for us on May 10th. We may or may not have something releasing then.

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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?


The most important piece of advice that I can give that can be applied to anything really, is that you should not be too prideful or shy to ask for help. Someone out there has been through what you're going through. Someone out there is willing to offer you help. It's important to write your own narrative and find your own answers, but their are mistakes that can be easily avoided if you had sought help. I love that there are so many communities that have popped up, because the amount of resources available to newcomers is abundant. When I started there was only like one or two dudes who had YouTube tutorials, and a majority of the videos weren't dubbed so you had to pause the video every few seconds and read the instructions.


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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?


Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. You can have the most fire song in your arsenal, but it won't matter if you don't send it out. Another tip I have to go with this, is that learning to be professional is a must. There have been too many times where an artist slides in my DM's and just leaves a link. No introduction or greeting, and no call to action. I don't know who you are. Why would I want to listen to your music? Is that how you make connections? Absolutely not. A good amount of Roe's past opportunities arose because we were able to connect with someone on a personal level, rather than treating them as another email to send music to.


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



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



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How do you personally discover new music?


I usually find new tunes from scrolling through my soundcloud. If it's not that, I get music recommendations from my little brother or my homie.


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


“If I find something that excites me, I'll usually post a screenshot of it to my insta story.


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


The best way to perfect the basics of a sound, is for you to imitate your favorite song with that particular sound. Listen to the song over and over, and while you do that try to recreate it to the best of your ability. The melody, drum patterns, bass line, try to remake these things to perfection. You'll probably hate the song by the end of this, but you'll have the gained the basics to this vibe. If you're a hip hop/edm producer, try to find some YouTube tutorials in the same vein as the song. There's thousands upon thousands of videos that can teach you almost anything you want to know. There's no excuses anymore.


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


Take your time. If you have to step away from a song, do it. You don't want to rush something or put an unsatisfying finish on a song. You'll regret it. I've had the same laptop for the past 5 years, and I have everything categorized by year. I have project files from 2013 that I have never finished. Some of it is just a melody or a simple beat pattern, but sometimes I'll go back and listen to an idea and I'll get inspired to finish it now. One of my most popular songs took a year to make because I didn't have all of the pieces to finish it. I had the guitar and quote at the end, but I couldn't think of any ways to finish it until months later when I rediscovered a Childish Gambino acapella.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.soundcloud.com/mikeysol

http://www.twitter.com/mikeyyysol

http://www.instagram.com/mikeyyysol

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