IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
BIG MIKE: In high school I was in the choir and I was also a part of a church choir. I have been writing music since I was 16 years old, but my dream of music and performing truly began in 2007. It all became a reality when I joined Who Dun It in 2010.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
BIG MIKE: I want to be able to provide a great life for my daughter and show her that anything is possible, no matter where you come from. I like to make people feel good by dancing and vibing with my music. I also want to prove to myself that I can do anything I feel is important to me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
BIG MIKE: My life! There is nothing in my songs that falsify me. I am young and still want to have fun. My music portrays my individuality and lifestyle.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
BIG MIKE: Jody Breeze is my favorite musician. I like Ludacris because he doesn’t conform to current trends. I also like Rascal Flatts because their lyrics are real. I am inspired by all genres of music, from classical to jazz and country to hip hop.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
BIG MIKE: My music is unique and original. It has high-energy, club based dance music, and life reflecting. I stay in my own musical lane and do not follow trends. I provide music that is real to me and people seem to vibe well!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
BIG MIKE: My drive, motivation, and hunger for success make me stand out from other artists. Staying humble to my beginnings and always looking out for the people who have always been there for me and believed in me. I am a genuine individual and I don’t follow trends.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music and how did you overcome?
BIG MIKE: One of the hardest challenges was just convincing myself that I have the talent, courage, and confidence to work towards my music goals. I overcame this with the support of family and friends and just my strong will to succeed. I kept telling myself that I can do this, this is my dream. I strive for success.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
BIG MIKE: I am currently working on my first nationally released mixtape, due out September 30, 2013.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BIG MIKE: My career goals are to sell out stadiums and provide my daughter with the best life possible. In 10 years I see myself performing for sold out venues and being able to provide opportunities for artists who are walking in the shoes that I walk in now.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
BIG MIKE: My fans are able to access my music through multiple social networks along with our website, realwhodunit.com. My management contact information is also located on the website. We also have the fan pages on facebook.com/whodunitentertainment and my personal fan page facebook.com/OfficialBigMike
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