New phone commercial featuring the new song ‘Staring at the Sun’ in the background.
We’ve added pictures of Mika opening the new Swatch store in Milan and the gig afterwards to the gallery. Click on the image to view the album.
Sorry for the lack of updates. We’ve been incredibly busy lately with real life and Mika has only been doing the Voice and Xfactor, which we don’t find too interesting. We’ll post news as soon as it comes. Stay tuned!
Mika’s been releasing quite a lot of interviews in Italy lately. Here’s a mash-up of some of them:
How do you split your time among your countless commitments to tv and music?
“I try to do things in a good way, taking it easy. It’s better to be slow and successful than being in a rush and having no good results. During the last months I’ve been going back and forth from the UK to France and Italy. I’m almost done with my album, which I partly recorded in LA and will be released in early 2015.”
Are you considering a duet with Chiara Galiazzo?
“I don’t know yet. “Stardust” was a magical chance. I wrote the song with Benny Benassi, I recorded it on my own and then it found its way in a duet with Chiara. It was a wonderful experience mostly because people let it into their hearts.”
Last year you said you chose to do tv with the sole purpose of making an independent album. Will it be this way?
“Yes. The contemporary music world is very different from the past. Once there were hundreds of record companies for as many artists, now there are four left. So what are we supposed to do now?”
You tell me.
“Are we supposed to ask for permission before making a record or choosing a single? I don’t think so. Nowadays everybody thinks a single is enough to smooth the way to an artist, but that’s not how it is. Singers need to be protected, followed in their own artistic and musical path, to be never left on their own. So yeah, my next album is going to be exactly the way I wanted it to be.”
Will there be songs in Italian?
Why did you agreed for a second year of XFactor?
“Because my purpose is making as much musical diversity as possible. My approach is an active one, together with the artistic director Luca Tommassini, concerning both the choice of the songs and the performance on stage, which is fundamental. I wanted to have a say this time.”
What’s different compared to last year? Are you more confident?
“Not at all. I think confidence is an illusion and sometimes it can hurt. Very much.”
You stated you’ve been a victim of bullying. In Italy it’s happening more and more often because of sexual orientation or weight. What’s the weapon to fight against it?
“It’s a cruelty. I think people should be taught the power of the balance between individuality and thoughtlessness, which is fundamental in life. If people learn that, then we’ll be able to claim we’ve found the key to freedom.”
What do you think about the Pope dealing with gay rights?
“The fact that the pope is a progressive person and is trying to do progressive things inside the Vatican system is remarkable and it makes me feel very positive. We now have a Pope who knows that this work has to be done. I’ve looked every day to see if there were some evolutions but eventually, the result wasn’t perfect (the one we were waiting for) but in my opinion, it’s a matter of time. He’s modern, He’s intelligent, and he’s also modest and he also has a knowledge of the political world system. He’s combative, he’s extremely educated and he’s opened to the world, more than the others I must say so we’ve started in the right way”
What about fashion?
“I like to wear good clothes, it’s a kind of art. During the X-Factor shows I’m going to wear nothing but Valentino Haute Couture suits, which are customized for me by some tailors who usually only work in the womens atelier. Every item requires a lot of handcrafted work, it first gets shaped in a paper model, which then gets divided into pieces. For every suit there are more than 200 pieces that need to be pulled together all over again.” This is a made-to-measure project, which gets inspired by the idea of a new dandy who has plenty of sassy embroidery “which looks like a Fortunato Depero painting and reminds of Jean Cocteau and ballets russes. Nowadays we can be more punk with a classical outfit than with ripped jeans. We don’t have to fear to put more poetry onto men clothes, yet staying masculine: shirt, suit, tie.” The singer claims to have worked with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative directors of the maison. A partnership born in Paris one year ago, while Mika was working as a coach at The Voice. “Nice, I can learn a lot from them. They are an unbelievable culture, according to them clothes tell stories and different worlds, without turning into theatre costumes.”
On October th 17th Mika held a speech for the foreign students who are studying in Milan university. Almost 1000 students from all over the world attended the conference.
Here’s a short interview he released yesterday.
(Source: Corriere TV)
Mika is set to perform at the Seoul Jazz Festival 2015, which will be held from 23rd to the 25th of May.
Rumours say Mika is set to perform at a festival in Niort (West of France) at the end of summer 2015. Tickets and dates aren’t available yet, as the news has yet to be confirmed.
(source: La Nouvelle République)
Beauty is provoked by beauty.
Mika talks about himself. Here’s how a ugly duckling, insulted by his schoolmates, turned into a swan. A life lesson for every teenager.
The popstar judges young people, between personal memories and the X Factor experience.
The “Mika Factor” again bullying: “at school they used to throw cans to me. I don’t forgive them, I know how to beat them.”
“I used to attend Westminster School in London, one of the most ancient and prestigious schools of Europe. In order to reach the classroom, though, I had to cross the campus behind the Abbey.” Perfectly trimmed lawns, neat paths. And a gang of guys in a green uniform. When they see the 11 years old Mika Holbrook Penniman Junior passing by, they laugh at him, they humiliate him. “In front of the people passing by, they used to throw Coke cans and other stuff to me. The dean knew that it was easier for me to wait until everyone got into the classroom. Therefore I was allowed to be late at every class. But I won’t ever forget who did such things to me. And I won’t ever forgive them. And I don’t think that anyone should do it. Children think that what they do has no consequences, that everyone forgets or forgives, cause this is what they learn. Bullshit. And anyway, sooner or later, the pain you caused comes back to you.”
We’ve added pictures of the Vanity Fair X-Factor photoshoot to the gallery. Click on the image to view the album.
Mika talks about his new album
– So, here we go, what’s going on?
– What’s going on? We are at AB in Bruxelles and I have to do a 75 minutes gig tonight, and anyway it’s in a beautiful venue, it’s something serious. I’m happy to do it, at the same time I must say that I’m in studio at the moment