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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Once the Vlogging Stops: Insomnia60 MY EXPERIENCE

Good morning again readers, welcome to today’s second blog post: as promised in my review of ‘The Cure’ by Lady Gaga (which can be found here) I am going to be discussing my experience at yesterday’s Insomnia60 Gaming Festival.

As I believe in fairness I am going to be discussing all the positives and the negatives of the event, I’m expecting this post to be quite a long one so I’ll include a read more link below, however I do recommend reading because it’s going to be good and will definitely be quite eye-opening to some readers.

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The Chainsmokers: “The One” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! The second blog post of today will be a review of the new single by electric-pop duo The Chainsmokers. The song, entitled ‘The One’ is the second single from their upcoming debut album: ‘Memories… Do Not Open’.

The 2 minute 59 second track was released today (March 27) and is one of the only songs, behind ‘Paris’ (a review of their highly successful song ‘Paris’ can be found here) that feature vocals from the pair.

One thing I don’t like about the track is the overuse of autotune and voice enhancer, I understand that the pair aren’t vocalists by definition but in this track they sound far too robotic.

The track is short enough to leave listeners wanting more and I for one am very excited for the release of their album, ‘Memories… Do Not Open’ will be released April 7. My favourite part of the track as a whole has got to be the final twenty seconds as the beat is just genuinely enjoyable: the sound is the type of sound that one comes to expect from a The Chainsmokers song.

Overall: I will be giving this track a 3 out of 5 star rating as in my opinion it is far too short but I just know the radio and general public are gonna love it and it’ll receive lots of airtime in the coming weeks.

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

-Mikey

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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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David Guetta: “Light My Body Up” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, welcome to the first of two reviews released on MikeyMix tonight! The first track we will be discussing is the latest release by producer and DJ, David Guetta.

Guetta‘s latest track, entitled ‘Light My Body Up’ was released today and is a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. This is the fourth time Minaj and Guetta have worked together and this track definitely proves that they are far from finished making hits.

The beat of the track is incredibly bouncy and I can definitely see this song being a hit in the clubs around the world. The bars provided by Minaj give some serious ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ vibes (could this potentially be a teaser as to how Minaj‘s upcoming fourth album may sound?), the chorus is also strong as it has given Minaj the opportunity to fully utilise her vocal talents.

Lil Wayne‘s verse on the track however is quite forgettable and I feel like if he wasn’t featured not much would’ve changed with the track as his contribution wasn’t much compared to that of Minaj‘s.

I first heard this track a couple of hours ago but I have to be honest and admit that I have had it on repeat for a while as I do thoroughly enjoy the track: it’s nice to see Minaj return to the rap-pop sound of her second studio album.

My two biggest critiques for the track have got to be: Lil Wayne‘s contribution and the abrupt end of the track, it feels like theres something missing.

With all the above in mind I will be giving this track a 2.5 out of 5 star rating because although the song is good I can already see it being overplayed on the radio and I just know after 100 plays I’m going to get bored of it.

The overall production of the track isn’t anything special either and this is definitely “just another David Guetta track”.

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

What did you think of the track? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to respond!

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

-Mikey

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Artist of The Week: Week 2

Good evening readers, welcome to MikeyMix! This evening’s blog post will mark the return of a series that I almost retired: the “Artist of The Week” series.

This blog post will be dedicated to the latest recipient of the title: Cody Vavrik. I only discovered the music of Vavrik very recently but I have to say that one thing is clear, he has talent.

One thing that I immediately picked up on was his very distinct image, if I had to describe it I’d say: Miley Cyrus meets Natalia Kills with a dash of Lady Gaga and a sprinkle of Years and Years for added likability.

Vavrik‘s music style cannot be put into one box and that in my opinion is definitely a good thing. His two most popular tracks ‘F*CK YOU WANT’ and ‘Now You Know’ both showcase great genre versatility by combining electro-pop with soul to create a pleasant (almost psychedelic) experience for the listener.

His music videos are definitely something I haven’t seen before: being a devote Lady Gaga fan that is something that I don’t get to say often. His music video styles can easily be described as an acid trip in which we somehow ended up in a Japanese sex party.

Vavrik is definitely an artist to watch and a must listen if your a fan of musicians that aren’t afraid to think outside the box and experiment with styles.

I will embed the official music video for Vavrik‘s track ‘Now You Know’ below so do feel free to give it a watch.

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Don’t forget to follow Vavrik on social media to keep up to date with his career:

Twitter – @CodyVavrik

Facebook – Cody Vavrik Music

Soundcloud – Cody-Vavrik

Instagram – CodyVavrik

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

-Mikey

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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