COME ON BLACKPOOL LET’S GET SICKENING!!…..(& life update!!)

Hello everyone…welcome back to MikeyMix!! Hope you’re all well and haven’t missed me too much (I know I said I’d be blogging a lot more now that I’m off university for summer and I apologise for not keeping up with my end of the promise)!

For today’s post I will be catching up with you all and then announcing an event I have very kindly been granted access to attend!

So, as you all know I’ve been doing a lot on my YouTube channel (MikeyMixTV linked here) and recently I achieved my first subscriber milestone: although hitting 50 subscribers seem’s like nothing to most people to me I’m really proud because it is hard trying to get noticed on YouTube when you live so far away from London and have other commitments in life (university, general life and of course part time work).

I’ve also started live streaming on YouNow (follow me @MikeyMixTV!) and I honestly love it! I don’t know why people would enjoy just watching me chat to my phone whilst sitting on the couch but weirdly people really seem to like it, me and my personality!

Now on to the announcement: if you don’t recognise the quote briefly referenced within the title of the post it’s from a little show entitled: RuPaul’s Drag Race. For those unaware the show is reality television competition in which female impersonators compete against each other in order to win a cash prize of $100,000 and the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” (honestly I think the easiest way to describe the show would be to say: “It’s like America’s Next Top Model meets Project Runway meets Lip Sync Battle but with drag queens”).

The show has recently completed its 9th season and since it’s launch in 2009 the show has went on to become quite a hit and has developed a devote cult following because of this a number of contestants have reached great levels of fame and acclaim.

Two fan favourites from this season (whom unfortunately didn’t win), Farrah Moan (left) and Aja (right) will be visiting ‘KLUBLAND’ (a bar in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK) on July 9. Fans of the show will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to either see the girls perform, those wanting to meet the girls and have a professional photograph taken to commemorate the occasion are also welcome to purchase a “Meet & Greet” ticket.

The event will be hosted by two UK based entertainers, both of whom have quite stellar careers!: Silver Summers (best known for her appearances in television series ‘Drag Queens of London’) and The Vivienne (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Ambassador).

Thanks to the kind people over at “Connor Matthew Productions” (organisers of the event) I’ll be attending the event along with 3 of my friends. I’m hoping to make a vlog of the event (which will be uploaded directly to my YouTube channel shortly after the event) and will be conducting several live streams throughout the night.

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased here

Ticket Prices:

Standard Entry [show only]: £20 (and a £1.83 booking fee)

Meet and Greet [includes show, meeting with the girls and professional photo]: £30 (and a £2.45 booking fee)

(PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are subject to availability)

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ZAYN: “Still Got Time” – REVIEW (& ANNOUNCEMENT!)

Hello everyone! Welcome to MikeyMix, for today’s blog post I will be reviewing ‘Still Got Time’ the new single from British pop-star and ex-one direction band member ZAYN.

I also have an announcement that will be discussed after the review (it’s not particularly “huge” but I am very excited).

The track, which is the singers first solo release since the release of his debut album last year, features rap-artist PARTYNEXTDOOR.

The first thing the listener discovers upon first play of the track is the chilled beat: the slowed down, relaxing instrumental stays prominent throughout the song giving it a Bob Marley, reggae feeling to the song.

The vocals provided by ZAYN and PARTYNEXTDOOR compliment each other and blend together greatly that at times it feels like there is only one vocalist on the track.

I will be giving this track a 3 out of 5 star rating because although I did enjoy it I can see myself getting bored as it is quite repetitive. I cannot see myself adding this track to my playlist as in my eyes it’s nothing special.

That being said I am excited to see what ZAYN does next and what the remainder of 2017 has in store for him.

The track is available for purchase on iTunes and is available for streaming on all streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

Now: time for my announcement!…I am very excited to announce that I will be attending this years ‘Insomnia60 Gaming Festival’ in Birmingham!

I reached out to the organisers of the event and they have very kindly invited me down: I will be writing a review of my trip and although I usually specialise on music posts I am excited to try out a new type of blog post.

For anyone interested, the ‘Insomnia60 Gaming Festival’ it will be taking place from April 14-16 and tickets can be purchased via the following link: www.insomniagamingfestival.com

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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Nicki Minaj – NEW SINGLES – Review

Good evening everyone, welcome back to MikeyMix! Today I am bringing you two blog posts the first of which was a review of ‘Number 1 Angel’, the new album by Charli XCX which can be found here.

Earlier today current queen of modern rap/RnB/hip-hop Nicki Minaj surprised fans by releasing three new singles from her upcoming, yet to be named fourth studio album.

The tracks released today are as follows:

  1. Regret In Your Tears
  2. Changed It (feat. Lil Wayne)
  3. No Frauds (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)

Regret In Your Tears

‘Regret In Your Tears’ is a 3 minute 50 second track and the only solo track Minaj opted to release today. The soft beat combined with the equally soft vocals provided by Minaj (as opposed to the usual harsh rap bars that we are used to) make the song a pleasuring listening experience.

However if I was Minaj I wouldn’t have chosen to release this song as one of the main singles of the new album as the track is quite boring compared to the music we are used to hearing from Minaj.

That being said, the song did remind me a lot of Minaj‘s previous releases ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and ‘Save Me’ and it was nice to see her once again showcase her vocal abilities as she definitely can sing.

Changed It (feat. Lil Wayne)

‘Changed It’ is a 4 minute 56 second track and the first of two tracks which feature Lil Wayne. One thing that I did love about this track was the distinct beat as it definitely complimented that bars greatly.

However I do have to say that I feel Lil Wayne did steal the show on this track and if someone didn’t know any better they could easily mistake this track as “Lil Wayne feat. Nicki Minaj” track.

I also believe this track is a little too long and the whole vibe of it can get quite tedious and on several occasions I did zone out and found myself just waiting for it to be over.

No Frauds (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)

‘No Frauds’ is arguably the strongest of all the tracks released today: with a length of 4 minute and 32 seconds and two collaborations from two respected rappers ‘No Fraud’ is a great track.

The beat (which sounds a little like the beat for ‘Changed it’ or the early track ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ by Kendrick Lamar) isn’t too harsh and works well with the bars provided by the three veteran rappers of the “Young Money” record label.

I feel like this track really showcased a good mixture of the old Minaj and her maturer sound from her third studio ‘The Pinkprint’ and it definitely worked because the element of familiarity is bound to go down well with the general public.

Overall: my favourite track has to be ‘No Frauds’ as the song is good, an easy listen with strong lyrics that become cleverer with every listen.

I am very excited to see what this new era brings for Minaj and if these tracks are anything to go by I expect that it’ll be good: maybe not every track she’s going to release is going to be my cup of tea but as not the biggest fan of rap I expected this to be the case.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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