Great days (and great months, June’s here, guys!!), in my opinion, usually come with a generous supply of oh-so-amazing music (amongst other things, of course, like fingerlicking food and a surprise mail from your long time crush). Made even more awesome when said music shows up in your inbox. I won’t go into all the details, but a little while ago, ‘P and I were introduced to Mi’das music and to say we were pleased, is an understatement. No way we wouldn’t share this one…

Mi’das a.k.a. Mike Davies is a Brighton-born, London-based singer/songwriter. A soulful vocalist (there’s something about this voice that has on occasion sent shivers down my spine) with classic songwriting and impeccable guitar playing, featured by  iTunes as one of their “Ahead of the curve” artists, Mi’das makes music that I want to listen to over and over and over again. You know the kind of music that would certainly leave the rest of your playlist jealous for how often you have those tracks on repeat? The kind of music that would make you sigh and smile and shudder all at the same time? Yup!

Mi’das got his start growing up in a family of musicians (not least his twin a drummer and older brother a pianist) and many hours were whiled away jamming together, much to the annoyance of his Mum and Dad and the neighbours! This grounding and the many years of practice (and even busking) that followed, lead him to share the stage with acts as diverse as Jessie J, Rita Ora, Labrinth and Jamie Cullum, while in the mean time continuing to practice and pen his own music.

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Mi’das has quoted Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Elton John, and Joni Mitchell as strong influences. The last few years has seen Mi’das more focused than ever on nurturing his own creative output and getting it to more ears. He has set out to do this with a series of 3 EPs called ‘The Story So Far’ which he began releasing last year. In his own words…

I see this series as a vehicle to tell my story as an artist so far and each of the EPs represent a part of that. The first one was stripped back and raw, much how I began my experience with music making. The second one captures the sound of a ‘live in a room’ band feel which I love, we recorded it at a beautiful studio called State of the Ark and it was all live takes with most mistakes left in. The last EP is all bells and whistles production wise and the exploration of sound and textures that entails. When it comes to making the album I hope it will be the more finished me.

The latest of the EPs, Stronger, produced by Mi’das and James Wyatt (Lianne La Havas, Eliza Doolittle) and recorded partly in the famous Abbey Road Studios, has just been released and is heavy with songs that challenge the listener and ask their own questions. Wish Road is probably my favourite on the EP and speaks about an inner voice we all possess that leads us to our own path of freedom and happiness. “Every paving stone, is a page of the book…listen hard you’ll hear the path every free man took… on the way to find himself, and his inner wealth”. Too Little Too Late speaks of regret and the longing to start again. This tune on this one is a testament to the fact that a gospel piano is always a good idea.
You can listen to the EP here and if you like, buy here.

Watch The Story So Far…

And see the lyric video for Wish Road…

I’m eagerly waiting for more from this man who has captured my heart with his amazing sound.

Find more of him on his website (linked above), SoundCloud, YouTube, and Twitter.

Kov.

Written by Nik-Nak