Mike Relm has become world famous for his mind-melting real time performances. But with the advent of Spectacle, his exciting debut studio album, the San Francisco-based musical talent has masterfully upped his game. His unforgettable A/V mashups wowed crowds most recently during Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam tour. But as Mike – “ who has also rocked crowds at Coachella, Summer Sonic and Mt. Fuji in Japan – “ moves forward with Spectacle, he’s eager to incorporate it into his live show and in doing so, he’ll be taking a cue from his superstar associates. “When I toured with Gnarls Barkley, right before they would do “Crazy” at the end of the night, it was like, “Alright. We’ve got one left, so you guys know what’s coming,'” Mike chuckles. His album features a lot of great guests – Del The Funky Homosapien, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Morningwood, Mr. Lif…etc. The album’s current single “Everytime” features Del and is getting a nice buzz. MTVU has embraced the song. Mike is of Cantonse decent. You can view the video and more on Mike below.
“I’m building a show based on my own original material,” Relm continues. “I’ll still use the visuals and I’ll mix in other things, but the flow will be completely different. I’ll do the scratching and turntablism, but I’m switching things up a bit, while keeping it classy.”
As a pacesetter in the world of modern music, Relm says he purposely avoids gauging himself against stylistically similar acts. “I’ve been looking less and less at people who are doing things related to what I do and looking more at people who do nothing like what I do for inspiration,” Mike says. “That way I’m not locked into a trend. I’m free to do whatever I want.”
For Spectacle, that meant utilizing his vast musical knowledge and his experience in strategically placing songs together for proper flow. “I wanted to make a record that would sound like someone’s iTunes playlist,” he says. “I was inspired by Gnarls, Gorillaz, different instrumental ideas.”
Still, fans shouldn’t expect another mixtape from Mike Relm in the future. “I’m pretty much done with getting “cease and desist’ letters,” he reveals. “Of course I’m always free to do whatever I want, but there will be consequences. So I probably won’t go backward. Besides, I’m running out of people that I like that I’d actually want to bootleg.”
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