Micimago Sits Down With Jake To Discuss Fake Success Vs. Real Success, The Local Music Industry & How He Got Into It

 

On the second podcast episode of Homegrown with Jake, Micimago – local producer and DJ – sat down to discuss how he first got into the local music scene, the industry itself, how MTEAM came about, fake success vs. real success, and the way forward from here…

 

 

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Micimago shared that he first got into music production when he was 14 after he heard Avicii’s hit track Levels and researched a lot into it, fascinating himself by how music is made. So, he shared, ‘I downloaded the same programme Avicii used, followed online tutorials, and began experimenting’.

 

 

More recently, Micimago joined MTEAM, alongside Matthew James, Kugene, and Mr. M. Funnily enough, he explained that the collaborated group came about after they found out only 3 people could release the same song on Spotify. So, they collaborated, it went well, and above all, was a ton of fun – which is what the entire group is focusing on.

 

 

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Given the situation we’re living in, Jake and Micimago naturally had to discuss the ongoing pandemic. ‘As artists, we’re often forgotten’, Micimago remarked, ‘Some people don’t know how necessary art is – I mean, imagine a world without music… music isn’t just something leisurely either, imagine commercials or going to the supermarket without hearing music in the background.’

 

 

As for the local music scene, Micimago explained, ‘We might be far from where we want to be, but I don’t want people supporting me just because I’m a local artist, I want them to support me for my music and because they like it.’

 

 

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Nevertheless, though, both Jake and Micimago agreed that collaborations are part of the way forward, but that doesn’t mean that that good collabs come easy. Micimago opened up that when MTEAM met for the first time, it was pretty awkward because song-writing is intimate, you need to know each other first.

 

 

In fact, he noted how Finneas and Benny Blanco met for countless of hours just to get to know each other before they could even write the song. Whilst referring to these two international artists, Micimago also noted that although the internet made us more open-minded, it could also help artists with more recognition and opportunities.

 

 

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‘I used to think success is streams, views, and followers, but you could get all of these with money by, say, paying for ads for views…and if this is going to lead you to the success you want, then it’s good to invest in – but I’m doing this for individuals who love what I make, because that’s the only way I know if people actually like my music’, he added.

 

 

In other words, the end goal for Micimago is being content with the music he produces and to have a loyal following. Outside of collaborations, he also stressed the importance of competing to help push the industry further than it already has.

 

 

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Just like other trends, music trends are constantly changing – like how artists are paying people on TikTok to promote their songs, or taking old songs and giving it a remixed, 80s-retro feel. But, ‘you can’t be blinded to the industry’, he notes, ‘otherwise you have to be ready to face that what you make might not work’.

 

 

‘Personally, I do it 50/50, for both myself and loyal listeners, and even though we might not be on the same level as international artists, our music shouldn’t be focused to be good locally, it has to be good international too – so it’s important to see what’s going on around you and to compete against it’, Micimago concluded.

 

 

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You can tune into the full podcast episode on Homegrown with Jake on Spotify or Apple Music!

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