BassBuds were kindly invited to down to the Sanctum Soho Hotel for Mike Hough’s EP launch party. Of course, we said yes. His most successful cover had over 4 million views on Rihanna’s hit single ‘Diamonds. Mike saw recent success when being asked to tour with JLS on their final goodbye tour. We caught up with the ‘man of the hour’ for a quick natter.
Now, for those who don’t know who Mike Hough is, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
23 year old upcoming artist from Essex. (Grins cheekily)
You’ve suffered many setbacks so far throughout your career i.e. X Factor, Simon Cowell didn’t put you through, how have these setbacks helped you to where you are today?
I didn’t see X Factor as a rejection, I took it as inspiration. I respect Simon and people in higher places, he had to make a decision I pushed through. I have always been one of those people who loves music and tells myself that anything is possible.
You talk about inspiration, who inspires you musically?
Growing up it was Stevie Wonder, I love his music! Now it is Adele. I love her and the fact that she just sings. She doesn’t need to dance and have a big performance to captivate an audience. There is nothing wrong with any of that but the fact that she came out in this day and age and sold so many millions of records as an independent artist by just using her voice & singing is definitely an inspiration.
Can you dance?
(Laughs) … I don’t think I can but my friends say I can .. I’ll send you a video of me dancing and you be the judge.
(Laughs) … Deal! You’ve set yourself up there.
He (Laughs) … I know
What was your inspiration behind the EP?
The inspiration behind the EP is basically, what it is Love? The thing is, guys are too scared to talk about their feelings & to expose their true emotions. I’m not afraid to do so. There are many aspects of love whether it be friendship, relationship, family and I feel Lost in Love represents that.
What’s your favourite track from the album?
‘Hold You Down’ has to be my favourite. I tell you what, it’s so brutally honest. It’s about admitting when you are in the wrong in a relationship because, I know you ladies, when you are in the wrong and you won’t admit it at first but this is just about being open and mature. Also there is a full verse which is all in falsetto which I have never ever done before.
You’re somewhat of a YouTube star & have covered many songs from various different artists from Beyoncé, Justin Bieber to Miley Cyrus to Bruno Mars which cover was your favourite to do?
Ooh that’s a good question … I did a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy & mixed it with Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love, that cover is definitely my favourite. I love both artists, respect them & their musical talents and successes. I got to ‘SANG’ in this song plus I still listen to this cover today.
If you could collaborate with any artist in the world, who would it be and why?
Kiki Wyatt – if you know then you know but if you don’t check her out man. She is crazy, cool and her voice is just effortless. I think our voices would complement each other. She is from R’n’B Divas which I watch religiously. So, I am a huge fan.
What does Mike like to do when he is not working?
I’m like everyone else. I do the normal stuff. Chill at home, movies, go on holiday. I enjoy outdoor events.
You have a solid fan base that follow and support your work, what does that support mean to you?
The fans have been totally loyal to me from the beginning. I think they appreciate me being real with them as they are real with me. We chat, DM, they send song requests for me to do for my YouTube videos.
What is next after the EP release/ What are the plans for the future?
You know how the music industry is. I don’t want to put a date on things and it never happens. I am in the studio recording new songs now whether it be for an album or another single release, I am just keeping open on this for now. I’m actually working with a few US producers, I love to write and hoping to write and record new material with them. I just want to say the BassBoomz ‘saved my life on the JLS Tour’, I was listening to my tunes, rehearsing with these and even use them in the shower, I take them everywhere.
BassBoomz, – Portable Bluetooth speakers, available in 8 colours.
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