Mikey Shyne was born Michael Brandt in Queens, NY. He grew up having a relatively happy childhood, was known as “a leader of the pack” and always the most loud and rambunctious kid of the bunch.
His love for music & performing developed at an extremely early age as he took up the piano, guitar & drums. But as a young boy he always resorted to his favorite instrument- the kitchen pots & pans!
Never the shy type, Mikey always loved to be heard. He joined and was a member of the Children’s Choir at his local Church and sang the National Anthem at Shea Stadium at ages of only 10 and 12.
While he was thought of to be very outgoing, he claims to have felt a contradictory and awkward difference from his peers, so he often opted to stay inside and work on creative projects.
Despite having battled some personal demons later on in life, Mikey Shyne managed to rise above his troubles and establish himself as an artist with a bright future ahead of him.
He began to find and hit his stride in 2015, with the release of his red-hot debut Single “Set Me Free,” which showcased the artist’s creativity and kaleidoscopic approach to music.
Mikey’s voice is particularly versatile, showcasing both clarity and grit, as the performer explores different genres and ideas in his blend of crossover pop, as shown on his streak of diverse single releases and collaborations with other artists.
After a short hiatus from music, Mikey came back stronger than ever in 2017, following some necessary creative tune-ups and voice training with a world-class vocal coach.
His 3 latest releases, “Across The Line,” “Where All The Lovers Go” & “Step Into The Light” all successfully reached the Top 10 on the European EDM Charts that same year. The latter was a #1 Hit that December.
Now, with several skyrocketing hit singles in the bag, Mikey has begun working on his debut album, which will be released as an EP and have multiple celebrity features!
This young star will never forget where he came from, and the key to his success is to be found & credited by his natural God-given talent, humble attitude, incredible work ethic, ultra professionalism & great demeanor.
Q: How did growing up in Queens, NY influence your music style?
So growing up in Queens has its own vibe to it. In New York City, you’ll seldom find shy, introverted people. Don’t get me wrong, people in NYC are definitely all about worrying about themselves and handling their own personal business, but aren’t afraid to speak up, be competitive, aim to be the best & express their true personalities… and trust me there are millions of them! Growing up in such a diverse cultural society is one reason why my music is so diverse and I effortlessly am capable of crossing from genre to genre.
Also, with such a diverse society and so many people in this city, of course we’re going to have the best radio stations! Growing up, I had the mainstays like Z-100, 92.3 K-Rock, 95.5 PLJ, Hot 97 as the soundtrack to my life, and I even remember 105.1 going through constant format changes like every 2 years before it became Power 105, which is now strictly Hip-Hop and R&B.
I associate almost all childhood memories or periods in my life with some song or style of music. New York’s amazingly diverse Radio Stations definitely have played one of the biggest roles on my style of music.
Q: To our readers who may not be familiar with you, how would you describe yourself?
I’m a fighter. I’ve been through some $#!&. I love to learn and observe. I’m the type of dude that talks to strangers on the street about anything and picks brains. I strive to be the best I can be. I’ve been in some really dark, unimaginable places and honestly to this day still struggle and find my way back there internally. But the key word there is internal. Just because I feel a certain way about something, doesn’t mean its reality.
It took me a long, long time and many years of struggling and battling my inner turmoil to realize that I actually have the power to change anything I want. But the hardest part is always that first step. And this goes for anybody-
Q: When did you first feel validated as an artist?
Coming out as a new artist was very difficult for me because I kept it in the closet for so long. I was petrified of the judgements, the stigma and that feeling of not being good enough that some artists experience. I have been songwriting since before I was a teenager and singing my entire life, but after a rough breakup with an ex-girlfriend in 2015, something sparked inside of me and that burning desire I had inside to release music professionally grew into a wildfire. I sat locked in my room and wrote about 50 songs over the course of 2 weeks. I started recording demos at a friends ‘bedroom studio’ and a bunch of people were there to listen and said that “I had something there”. Out of the demos I recorded, I chose the best song, ‘Set Me Free’ and entered a professional studio for the first time ever in my life. The song came out INSANE and I dropped it on the same night after the final mastering session on Soundcloud without any forewarning and posted it on Facebook and other social media. The response was IMMEDIATE and I started receiving calls, messages, etc. from anyone any everyone who’d heard it and consensus was that I had a dope Hit on my hands. I had exes from back in the day and friends lost from years back hitting me up to tell me how amazing the song sounded. I felt famous, LOL. I knew I had something positive brewing, so I let ‘Set Me Free’ do its thing for a couple of weeks and then released a few more singles. I started performing and at my first ever show case, I had Grammy Nominated DJ & Producer, DJ Tomekk, now my mentor, friend and biggest supporters, one of the most talented, humble, chill person on the planet, along with a whole crew of my original team out there to support. Rap Legend Kurtis Blow also came out to support me, who I met through Tomekk and he even introduced me to the stage. MY FIRST PERFORMANCE being introduced by one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop! I absolutely killed my set, drove the crowd wild and WON THE SHOWCASE! I continued performing and my stage presence and good music really connected me to the crowds that were all feeling my music. All of this happened so fast and I was hooked. I knew that this is what I’m going to do with my life.
Q: Who or what influences you?
Influential artists- I LOVE Soul Music & Motown: Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bill Withers and a ton more… Anything that is soul grabbing and just has that grip at your throat and you can’t fight the feeling of the music taking over your soul.
I love some Gospel too- Fred Hammond & Smokie Norful are simply amazing. Vocals as professional as the get and the way they touch my heart and get my in touch with my spirit are something I try to emulate and use to influence my style.
On the Pop R&B, Hip Hop & Crossover side- Justin Timberlake, who influences my harmonization, R. Kelly, who I try to learn that powerful, energetic, raw emotional vocal performance from is also one of my favorites. Billy Joel- I can sing every song and emulate his voice on every song he’s ever released, probably my favorite of all time. He has so much to do with my songwriting style. Michael Jackson- There’s nothing to say about the King of Pop except I look up to him and his music more than anyone. His unique style both physically, vocally and as a songwriter is just uncomparable. If you REALLY study and decode him, he is truly the greatest of all time. Eminem also has probably the biggest influence on my ability to rhyme and count syllables perfectly. I took what he did and read the dictionary, but next leveled it and took every other work and wrote every possible rhyming word and phrase to all of them.
Other influences include Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran- who’s a CRAZY lyricist, The Weeknd, Major- who I just discovered recently and is an amazing underrated artist, Chris Brown, Usher
Q: What are you up to at the moment? Do you have some new music on the way?
Man, SOME MUSIC ain’t the word! I’ve got a TON of singles I’m working on right now as well as trying to write for my debut album. Plus I’m an entrepreneur, run a successful business, own a music studio where I engineer for other artists and professionally vocal coach singers as well. So I have my hands full.
I can’t disclose, but I do have a big single being released through one of the Major Labels soon! And then my single featuring Rap Legend Kurtis Blow is expected to drop at the end of this month, so that’s a really cool project where old school-meets-new school! My album is due out in late winter, early spring
Q: How did you get into music? Did you (or do you still) play any instruments? When did electronic music catch your ear?
I got into music when I came out of the womb. It’s been a part of my life ever since. I play very little piano, but my main instrument is my voice and I keep it tuned up just like any other instrument.
As far as electronic music, honestly, was never into it that much. Until I met Producer-Duo Copamore from Austria online in 2016. They needed a male vocalist for a single they were releasing back in January 2017. The song, ‘Across The Line’ debuted at #3 on iTunes and we’ve been releasing hits ever since, including ‘Step Into The Light’ which was a number one Album (Remix Compilation) on iTunes and spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Official International Electronic Charts. So I am happy that I can add EDM to my repoirtoire now and prove even more how uniquely diverse I am as an artist!
Q: If you could give some advice to your former self, what would it be?
Don’t let the fear cripple and control you. Don’t front, Be yourself. Pour your emotions into lyrics in that notepad. Don’t hold back and don’t let others scoff or brush you off as a dreamer. I’m doing the real thing now. I’ve yet to reach that house-hold name, global level of fame, but I’m getting there. I’ve got fans in so many countries that follow me and my music.
To my former self: Learn who you are, own up to your mistakes, love everything about yourself, and when your in front of that mic in the booth or performing on stage, give it 100% of those 10,000 hours you put in to become a pro.
Q: Outside of EDM what other genres do you listen to today and how do these genres influence your music.
Mainly Hip-Hop (NOT MUMBLE CRAP), R&B, Top 40, Classic 70’s, a lot of 90’s Rock which I feel was the last good era of genuinity and honesty in music; Nirvana, Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Goo Goo Dolls, No Doubt, Sublime, Oasis, Green Day, Sublime always find their way onto my playlists. When I need some inspiration or Guidance with songwriting I listen to some good 90’s bands.
I try to steer as far away as possible from modern Top 40 having any influence on what I create, because everybody’s doing the same thing it seems like these days. I’m trying to stay ahead of the curve and do some things no one else is doing. I have my secret key to that success and the only hint I’ll give on that is that it’s not coming from North American artists.