February 2022 Interview with Canadian singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, & award-winning Mikalyn.
Good afternoon Mikalyn. Welcome to The Wire MEGAzine once again, which has been on the music scene since 1989 as 1 of Canada’s longest-running entertainment tabloids.
I am so stoked to forward a few questions in the direction of Canadian singer, songwriter & instrumental award-winning sensation, Mikalyn.
This artist caught my attention totally, with her vocals so deep and haunting, a true introspective delight. Here’s a throwback to what I had to share about her 2019 Indie Week performance. “My 1st stop on November 15th, 2019, saw me entering the quaint 120 Diner for a stupendous night of originals and covers by extremely gifted up and coming youth. The food smells were tempting and I had the best quality size and tastiest burger followed by a homemade banana dessert (sigh, I couldn’t resist), it was so good. I had been bestowed the honor once again, making this my 3rd judge duty in 2 years for INDIE WEEK. 1st out of the gate at 5:00 pm was Mikalyn, an ambitious and breathtaking alternative Pop/R&B vocalist with soft and assured piano stylings. She confidently owned the stage as she introduced her originals that made you think. Mikalyn, came across as steady and calm giving the audience her versatile voice that sounds seemingly timeless. She was strong and thorough start to CLOSE, and Now That It’s Over, she exited the stage but she’s not GONE, and this will not be the last we hear her name, that’s for sure.
Now, 3 years later, Mikalyn’s extraordinary voice has grown to one of distinction, truly intriguing full of lush harmonies and poignant lyrics. Her newest release, Ready To Love You, is definitely one of her most compelling expressions to date. She will be releasing her EP and EDM song soon as well, no doubt it will be laced richly with complexity and tranquility wound beautifully with her passion and emotion.
Canada’s 19-year-old stupendously brilliant artistry hails from Guelph Ontario and this singer/songwriter and instrumentalist sensation pens relatable songs which touch on relationships, love (or lack thereof), everyday experiences, and emotions. Mikalyn’s sound is a vibrant and colorful blend of infectious pop melodies, soaring vocals, and polished production.
DEB:1. Mikalyn, were you born into a musical family background?
MIKALYN: “It’s kind of funny actually, my parents are both high-performance athletes! I think everyone expected their kids to be these insane runners, basketball players, or triathletes, but at least with me, that isn’t the case. That being said, my mom grew up with 4 sisters, and they would perform at weddings and provide music for church services. She and her sisters all played the piano, and in turn, the same was expected of my sisters and I. My dad’s side of the family also has some musical influence, I always hear stories of them singing around the table at every family gathering.”
DEB: 2. How old were you when you started into music & do you remember that pertinent pivotal moment that you knew for certain, that music was going to be a huge part of your life?
MIKALYN: “I started playing piano when I was 4 or 5, back in Sudbury, Ontario. There was a rule in my house that we learned piano up until grade 8, and then we got to decide if we wanted to continue or not. I had always loved singing though, and so my parents enrolled me in vocal lessons soon after. I’m still with the vocal coach and piano teacher I started going to when I was in grade 2! I genuinely feel as though I always knew music was going to be a huge part of my life – there are home videos of me singing around the house at age 2. I think my career thus far is just a natural progression of something I’ve known my whole life – my love of music.”
With millions of streams on your music to date, you have had your songs placed on numerous Spotify editorial playlists, including Canada’s New Music Friday, Indie Pop, Fresh Finds, and EQUAL. You have also received airplay on CBC radio, as well.
DEB: 3. From the impressive list of songs that you have penned during your in-depth career, what song or co-written song do you like performing the most and why?
MIKALYN: “I’ve been writing and performing for a long time, so it’s hard to pick just one! For more intimate events, I like performing songs that I write with my guitar teacher James Linderman. Those songs are lyrically driven and tell stories that I find people respond well to. There’s a conversational feel almost. My main favorite right now though is one called “Phases,” a song I wrote with my best friend/producer Chris Grey. It’s currently unreleased, but I’m hoping to put it out soon. I love the melodies in the song which is why I always love adding it to a set.”
DEB: 4. Inspired by BETWEEN FRIENDS, Tears for Fears, Billie Eilish, and Marina, who else would you say inspires your unique song creations the most, then and now?
MIKALYN: “I think a big inspiration is Halsey in her Room 93 Era – those songs had a huge impact on me and my writing. I was a huge fan of the Tumblr era artists – Marina, Melanie Martinez, Lana Del Rey, and Halsey, during the time of my life when I was trying to discover my artistic voice. I think that’s probably why I gravitate towards synths and the indie genre. Another inspiration for me was my involvement in the choir. I was part of the Guelph Youth Singers, and that taught me the power of harmony. My favorite songs we sang in choir all had these beautiful, elaborate harmonies. I love them, and I try to put a lot of them in every single song I do.”
With a one-of-a-kind style and unwavering drive, between the depth of your voice, the substance of your songwriting, and a seemingly endless list of awards and achievements, fans might be fooled into thinking that you have been in the game for decades. But that’s easily forgiven, as despite having yet to hit your 20s, your musical signature alt-pop stylings bely her age and blur lines between genres and eras, making your music all the more compelling. You obviously take great pride in your output, showcasing a skillful approach to arrangement and production with keen attention to detail.
DEB: 5. With well over 52 major musical accomplishments in such a short span of time which accolade surprised you the most and why? (visit her extensively impressive list of accolades at https://www.mikalynmusic.com).
MIKALYN: “There are so many, and I’m so blessed for all the opportunities I’ve been given! If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to say being selected to go to LA for the Younk Hit Funding Project. It was such a surreal opportunity – I got to go to Los Angeles with my dad, film a music video with a full crew – this was especially cool because most of my videos have been DIY. I got to spend some time with my longtime mentor, Don Grierson, and it was just an insanely motivating experience. It showed me what my life could look like if I worked hard enough for it, and whenever I start to feel burnt out I think back to that experience.”
You are also an in-demand collaborator, having lent your unmistakable vocals to elevate tracks from Machine Drivers, Öwnboss & Zerky, Röde, 39 Kingdom, and others in just 2019 alone. With a one-of-a-kind style and unwavering drive, you show no signs of slowing down on your already-impressive trajectory. Your song Sleepless Nights streamed over 650 k in 4 months of its release. In 2021, you made a bold move away from your EDM success with over 3.2M streams and into alt-pop and indie with a string of strong releases that will leverage and build off your EDM roots, as you launch your indie-pop career.
DEB: 6. What was the best advice given to you on the ins and outs of the music biz?
MIKALYN: “I’ve been given so much amazing advice over the years. I think something that really sticks out to me is that you can only control yourself – you can’t control the people around you. Your music won’t be for everyone, that’s a part of life! In this industry, you’ll hear “no” way more than you’ll hear “yes.” Over time, you’ll learn not to take it personally, and use every opportunity as a learning experience, and as motivation.
It’s also so easy to compare yourself to others, and think “what am I doing wrong?” I learned a while back that that’s not the right way to look at things. Of course, it’s a natural response, but it’s so important to remember that everybody is on their own journey. What works for someone might not work for another person, and that’s completely okay. Getting caught up in comparisons will just cause unnecessary stress, and distract you from the end goal.”
“I have spent a little time with Mikalyn and was immediately very impressed with her young talent and sense of commitment to the challenges of both songwriting and performing. She is not a “copy cat” artist type, she has a very positive vision about herself, her future and understands the work ethic needed to grow.” – Don Grierson, A&R
“I’ve watched Mikalyn perform at several events over the past year, while she was singing at SongStudio and open-mics around Toronto. She is a natural songwriter and performer and very comfortable on stage. A hard-working artist who I believe has the talent and drive necessary to succeed in the music industry. I am confident that we will all be hearing a lot more from this young talent from Guelph in the near future” Roger Beckett, Songwriter Coordinator, Toronto Chapter – Nashville Songwriters Association Intl (NSAI), Coordinator, Toronto Regional Writers Group – Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC
Mikalyn, congratulations on the January 14th, 2022, musical release of your shimmering Indie Pop irresistible new single, Ready To Love You. With millions of streams for your music to date, you have your songs placed on numerous Spotify editorial playlists, including Canada’s New Music Friday, Indie Pop, Fresh Finds, and EQUAL, as well as CBC radio play.
Fans can click on over and listen to Ready To Love You
As well, they can check out your lyrical video for READY TO LOVE YOU at
DEB: 7. Some of the most historical and revered music has always played a deep role in the transformation of society. Some consider how their art relates to the current social-political landscape or how their music can address these themes. Mikalyn,does your music touch on social or political issues?
MIKALYN: “It honestly depends on the song for me! I think a lot of my music does touch on social issues, and a lot of the time when major events take place, I end up writing about them whether I mean to or not. I tend to lean towards writing about issues that we face as emotional beings – things that I’ve seen myself and my friends go through, stories that impact me. I’ve always been an avid reader, and before I even wrote songs I would write short stories, so I think a lot of my writing stems from that – telling a short story through a song.”
DEB: 8. Some artists are reluctant to talk about how tough the music industry is let alone add COVID-19 and its restrictions and closure of live music. Share with our readers and your fans how you endured throughout the last 24-month worldwide pandemic, how you stayed creative, and the unique ways you kept in touch personally with your fans.
MIKALYN: “It’s been tough for sure! I don’t think anybody saw this coming, but I think the artist community handled it amazingly. Before covid, I was doing shows weekly, traveling quite a bit, and co-writing a lot as well. Luckily, the transition to online was doable. I learned how to put on high-quality live streams and was able to connect with followers of mine who aren’t from Canada, where I usually do my shows. We regularly had people tuning in from the UK, and those people wouldn’t have been able to see me live otherwise! I joined so many Zoom conferences which were super helpful, and even got to hop on a Zoom call with one of my idols, Dua Lipa! It also allowed me a lot of time to work on my projects, make more videos, and write more songs. I became really active on Patreon, which is a more personal way to connect with fans. As tough as the pandemic was, I feel like it was a huge growth period in my life and I am thankful for that.”
DEB: 9. What does success mean to you?
MIKALYN: “I think you can measure success in so many ways. In music, every time you reach one milestone, you’re planning for the next in a way. Right now, my idea of success in the future is to be able to tour and sell out large GA venues, be writing and performing full time, and to be able to get my parents something to thank them for all they’ve done for me. Right now, I feel successful in the relationships I’ve built through music, the songs I’m writing, and the projects I’m about to put out. I’m really blessed, and I am so thankful for all the people in my life. That’s another example of success to me.
DEB: 10. Last but not least, what is next on the horizon for Mikalyn?
MIKALYN: “I have a lot coming up! The biggest thing I’ve been working towards is my upcoming EP, which is in its final stages. I love all the songs on it and have been working on it for the last few years. Blame & Ready to Love You are both singles off it, and I’m currently fine-tuning some last-minute details for the next single! I hope there’s also a lot more writing, and hopefully traveling too in the near future – fingers crossed! Thank you so much for this amazing interview!”
Thank you for a fabulous interview, best wishes on your new releases moving forward, and let me know when your EP is released, I will catch up with you once again then.
Fans can stay in tune with Mikalyn by visiting her in-depth social platforms below:
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mikalynmusic./ Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@mikalynmusic./ Youtube https://www.youtube.com/c/Mikalyn./
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