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Interview Questions: Mikill Pane Interview @MikillPane
Interviewed by Stephen Tadiwanashe Gombakomba aka @TaditheGreat
GRT Music Blog: What inspires you to create material?
Mikill: Literally, its as simple as the things I write about, so if you hear me write a song about, I don’t know, probably my most well known song is ‘Little Lady’ and it was just the subject matter in ‘Little Lady’, bringing that to people’s attention, like if you hear me write a song about a mouse on the underground then I was literally on the underground and I was looking at the little black mice that run around and thinking “shit, they are quite entertaining”, so I wrote ‘Life On The Line’, cycling ‘Dirty Rider’, stuff like that.
GRT Music Blog: My favourite track from your album is ‘Chairman of the Bored’, do you have a favourite track from your own album?
Mikill: Well, Chairman of the Bored is actually one of my favourites from the album aswell, I just like the vibe of it, Adam and I, we sat in the studio and I just wanted to make something with like quite an African sounding guitar in it and we did, and the subject matter you know, being bored came up, that’s what it reminded me of, do you know what I mean?, quite a sort of light hearted take on a day in the life of me.
GRT Music Blog: Who are your top 3 musical influences and why?
Mikill: Top 3 musical influences? I don’t actually have any musical influences, like, I listen to a lot of music but, I try not to take anything from them, I just try to be myself, I don’t write music per se, do you know what I mean? I just write lyrics so, I never get influenced by music if you get what I’m saying like, it will always be someone else that takes care of the music and then whatever emotions the music evokes will be what I write about.
GRT Music Blog: What tips would you give to a young musician?
Mikill: Just work hard at your craft no matter what you do, to anyone in music, not just musicians, because I hesitate some musicians myself, cos like I said, I don’t make music, I’m a songwriter, so, I’d just say perfect your craft innit, whatever you wanna do, always sort of be yourself, let yourself shine through, because everyone is kinda unique in their own way so, you should stick out as long as you’re not sort of, being like “Oh cool, Tinie Tempah’s like doing really well at the moment, let me just make a song and trynna like Tinie Tempah or Ed Sheeran is doing really well at the moment, let me just trynna be like Ed Sheeran”, I’d just say, just let yourself shine through.
GRT Music Blog: From your Instagram, we can tell you are someone who loves their shoes, what’s your favourite pair at the moment and why?
Mikill: The Air Max 90 OG, the Infra-red because, ummm, it’s the silhouette, the ecstatic of the shoe is really important to me, but the colourway aswell, it’s just a really, sort of like bright orange mixed with the like quite a deadpan grey and black and sort of brilliant white, it doesn’t really matter if it goes off white, do you know what I mean, the shoe’s nice however it looks, know what I mean?
GRT Music Blog: What happens in an average Mikill Pane day?
Mikill: Jheeze, umm I wake up, I usually go running for about like maybe about like 4 of 5km, smoke a few spliffs, maybe write a song, it depends man like, for instance I’ve been on tour for the last week or so, gonna be on tour for the next week or so, when it comes to that, I wake up, you know, we check out the hotel, we fuck off to the next city, do a soundcheck, mess around with some Nerf Shotguns, fuck around with the light remote control helicopter, again, smoke a few spliffs, have a few drinks, do the show, try and meet some girls, go back to the hotel, do it all again the next day.
GRT Music Blog: My favourite track from the ‘You Guest It Too’ E.P is ‘Check’ with Gnarly Ventura, how was it working with Rizzle Kicks once again?
Mikill: Good man, like Jordan is like, he’s such a hard working writer, cos Rizzle Kicks was meant to be on the original ‘You Guest It E.P’, but they didn’t have time because they were super busy around that time and I was sort of coming up still, so they couldn’t make it and they were genuinely gutted about that and that’s why we recorded ‘Work’, ‘Work’ was almost like the song that was meant to be on ‘You Guest It’ but, we ended up doing it as like a sort of like a video for the ‘Dirty Rider E.P’, but then, it was just a case of you know, we were on tour and Harley and Jordan like, “we got to work together again” but the day we recorded ‘Check’, it was Harley’s girlfriend’s birthday, cos he couldn’t make it to the studio, that’s the only reason only Jordan is on it because I had to get the song recorded that day to finish the E.P.
GRT Music: And last but not least, what should we expect from Mikill Pane in 2014?
Mikill: Well, after the tour, hopefully singles, maybe an E.P, I don’t know about another album this year, I’m definitely, I’m writing another album but I don’t know if I’m gonna release it this year or if I’m gonna release it next year but what you can expect it a lot more live stuff and music either way.
Interviewed by Stephen T. Gombakomba aka Tadi the Great (twitter.com/tadithegreat)
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