Music producer Mike Key has a classical music past, playing violin and piano since he was born in his home country of Romania. Mike Key now directs his abilities to an electronic music dimension. He combines musical theories and composing skills finding a deep and smooth sound.
See our exclusive interview with him below:
My musical story begins when I was 7: at that age, I started to play violin professionally in my home country, Romania. Moved to Italy I accompanied my violin studies to piano and orchestra ones. After a quarrel with my violin professor, I decided to change totally my plans, directing my capacities to electronic music: otherwise, I only began in 2017 to build my first EDM projects and now, at the age of 18, I am developing my personal sound.
At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?”
I was initially influenced by progressive and big room house but discovering more melodic and deep sounds I introduced a simpler vibe to my style. This period happened one year after my music production start and it persists until nowadays, I could say.
Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:
I securely could say that all Brooks and JLV discographies were part of my musical evolution. What I really would like to underline is the sound research made by San Holo, principally in his album “album1”. This uniqueness made me think more and more about my genre.
What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
Mainly I divide my production into two stages: first of all, I put down chords and melodies on an acoustic piano of mine or on my violin, afterwards I translate all the ideas on FL Studio.
What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
Sounds interesting to give an answer to this question. I usually start listening to classical music productions or reading literary works. What I really love to do also is looking at art collections or going to art exhibitions. It is a different way for me to recollect simple but effective ideas.
What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’ s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
In my opinion, is really important to specify the nature of a track. All the frequencies have their own origin and their unique destination, despite the public variety which the song could achieve. Apart from this, it is important to match the right sub-genre to each song because is quite simple to confuse the audience. During the free-time, I try to produce some wave vibe, which I saw is an underrated sub-genre, because incorrectly related to the ambience.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
Personally I didn’t start to perform my own productions yet. I need to confess that is one of my biggest goals but at the same time I think is necessary to possess a big preparation behind the scenes, working and creating energic products.
As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
I really believe that music art, particularly electronic house, has to be distinguished from the music market and business. Most of the times are given full space only to big names and idols of many followers: in this way is quite easy to delete the competence of many other underrated artists.
Personally I think that is possible to give more possibilities to these ones making more promotion or initiatives like YouTube live streams or young stars festivals: music market needs more talent scouts.
Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?
The world has to be ready for many interesting artists. I get in touch with some of them and I could suggest to you people like Kleak & Veebu, Christian O’Mahony and Sam Ourt.
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
For sure: I have another track scheduled for April and more already planned. Furthermore, I am working on many collaborations and IDs.
Famous last words?
Wash your hands and let me know what you think about “Would I Lie To You”. Stay tuned for my next tracks!