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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Katy Perry: “Chained To The Rhythm” – REVIEW

Good morning readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! This morning pop princess Katy Perry released the first single from her upcoming yet to be named fifth studio album.

‘Chained To The Rhythm’ is the first release from Perry since July 2016 when she released the popular promotional single ‘Rise’.

Perry‘s latest track was co-written by fellow pop icon Sia Fuller and you can certainly hear the elements of Fuller within the track (especially in the chorus as it sounds like a demo version of Fuller‘s hit song ‘Cheap Thrills’).

The instrumental of the track is definitely nothing special and what’s disappointing is that Perry didn’t try with the vocals, the track as a whole sounds very safe.

The rap (if you could even call it that) provided by Skip Marley lasted about 40 seconds and didn’t add anything relevant to the track: I see Perry is still following the trend of collaborating with rappers in an attempt to boost sales, could we not have left that trend in 2016?

This track is definitely not my favourite of Perry‘s and I doubt she’ll be earning her first grammy award for it, the track is not Perry‘s best. She promised a “maturer” era for this album but if all the tracks are like this one I don’t have high hopes for this.

To summarise: I don’t like this track, it sounds like another generic “Katy Perry bubblegum pop song” and I wouldn’t be surprised if when the album is released we are given a fresh version of ‘PRISM’ as opposed to something completely new.

That being said I can tell this song will get a lot of radio airtime due to it’s simplicity and mediocrity.

I will be giving this track a disappointing 2 out of 5 stars as this is not Perry‘s best work and she can do much better.

The track is available on iTunes and streaming sites: Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.

If you’d like to listen to the track I will include it below:

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

-Mikey

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Party Nails – “Come Again” – REVIEW

Hello readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! I have recently discovered that one of my favourite upcoming artists Party Nails has released some new music ahead of the release of her upcoming EP ‘Come Again’.

The track we will be discussing tonight is the titular track of the EP, ‘Come Again’. Upon first glance the title of the track seems quite innocent however once you begin listening it’s clear that the track is a clever innuendo to sex.

“Come over, come again, come over, I’ll make you come again”

-Party Nails

I discovered the works of Elana Belle Carroll, aka Party Nails, a while ago and had the privilege of interviewing her for my other blog (link to that interview can be found here). I was delighted to discover that she had released new music under her new management deal with Killphonic.

The sound of the track stays true to who Party Nails is: experimental, pop-influenced and easy listening but I am also happy to hear how much she has progressed and matured as an artist. It is definitely clear that she has come a long way since the early days of her career.

Overall I will be giving this track 3 out of 5 stars as, although I can understand why, I did think some elements of the song were quite tedious and the overall beat of the track wasn’t the best I’ve heard.

That being said I am very excited to hear her new EP in full when it is released. I am proud to say that I have been a fan since the beginning of her career as she is soon going to be a huge name in the business.

Robert Falcon & Shaan – “Mirage” – REVIEW

Hello readers! Welcome back to MikeyMix! I’m back tonight with another blog post, this time I will reviewing ‘Mirage’, one of the latest offerings from Belgian producer and DJ Robert Falcon and Indian singer Shaan.

The track, which was released in December 2016, is the first collaboration between the two artists and upon first play I was immediately hooked. I only discovered the music of Falcon recently but I can already tell that he is well on his way to dominate the music business.

The indian-style, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) inspired beat work perfectly with the vocals and I could definitely see this track becoming an instant club hit globally.

What I specifically liked about the track is the beat drop during the chorus, mainly because it’s not too overpowering.

To summarise: the track is fast enough to dance to and enjoy but chilled enough to fully appreciate, the track would be best played at times when you want to go out and have fun but don’t want to feel obliged to overdo it with the dance moves.

I’ll be giving this track a 3.5 out of 5 star rating as I respect Falcon‘s bravery to not follow the trends of the music business and do his own thing, that being said the track is a little bit tedious but nonetheless I did enjoy and have replayed it several times.

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

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

-Mikey

Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – “Scared to Be Lonely” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, for tonight’s blog post we will be discussing ‘Scared to Be Lonely’ the latest release from Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa.

The track is the first collaboration between the two artists and was released late January. In true Garrix style the track makes full use of beat drops and the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) influences are rife throughout.

The soft vocals provided by Dua Lipa compliment the instrumental greatly and this song is definitely radio friendly and I wouldn’t be surprised if it receives quite a bit of airplay in the near future.

Overall I will giving this track a 2.5 out of 5 star rating: mainly because although I enjoyed it it did feel like another generic radio-friendly pop song. However, I do think it was good to see Garrix release some new music and I look forward to seeing what he brings to the table in 2017.

The track is available on iTunes and all music streaming sites: Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.

The official music video for the track can also be found on Martin Garrix‘s official YouTube page and I will link it here.

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

-Mikey

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