We’ve had our eye on this guy since we heard his distinct vocals rap over the smooth beat that is “Sweet Love” with one of our favorites, Niecy Blues. We watched him step out of the shadows slowly over the past year and solidify his spot as one of SC’s top MC’s, all the while keeping his humble and warm demeanor. Mike McFly is one of South Carolina’s hidden gems, and with the release of his latest EP, King Midas, we knew we had to get him to drop us a few lines before he blows up. Check out our interview with the gifted lyricist below.
1) Who is Mike McFLY? When did you fall in love with your art?
In short I'm just a normal human being traveling through this experience we call life and am able to communicate or share these experiences on a relatable level with the average person through my music. I fell in love with music at a young age. I remember being drawn to music when my father used to listen to Tupac and Biggie and my mother used to listen to 90s R&B all the time lol. I can remember feeling the emotion from the artist they were listening too. That's how I knew music was powerful.
2) Today the average listener has been conditioned to have a short attention span in terms of the play value of music. Without constant radio spins it makes it even harder to keep people interested. What ways do you think an independent artist can keep the attention of their core audience without over saturating the listener?
Keep your audience guessing. Don't be so predictable. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. Why waste the listener's time with 15 "all over the place" projects when you can give them 3 focused projects. Also, I think if an artist can be mysterious only to reveal themselves in their music, their core audience will always be intrigued for what will come next.
3) So you dropped your newest EP, King Midas. What was your mindset when you were creating this project? What did you feel like you wanted to accomplish at the end of this project?
We live in a time right now where African American people feel insignificant in our own country and some of us in our own skin. I think it is important more than ever to know that we are and have always been KINGS and QUEENS! Thats the mindset that I was in creating this project. I wanted to make a confident project that displayed my growth as an artist and not just an emcee or rapper while maintaining the integrity of my pen. I want to make music that EVERYONE can relate to on some level. With my last project, PBS Mind in an MTV World, I felt it only spoke to a certain demographic of people and the subject matter might have been a bit dark for a repeated listen. With King Midas, I wanted an easy listen and songs to sing-along too that still had enough substance but also enough sonically to be able to hear certain songs on the radio.
4) You have a song on the EP with Neicy Blues, who just so happens to be your sister. What is it like to collaborate with her?
Believe it or not it is surprisingly easy collaborating with Niecy. We have been making music together for a long time so it just comes together naturally for us. The thing that makes it special between us when we collab is the honesty we bring to the table. We are not afraid of each other's opinion. I trust her judgment and she trusts mine. I respect and admire her artistry and its the same vice versa. In the end, all we care about is the outcome of the record we are working on while being conscious of the impact it could have on our listeners. It is so funny because most people don't even know we are related and when they find out they are in shock haha
5) On the "It's Alright Freestyle" you said you lost your religion and found God in the same moment. A lot of people see religion and God synonymously. Walk us through your realization behind that line.
First of all this is a dope question! In my opinion, you can see that throughout history religion has been used as tool to keep people in bondage. You see this all the time at your local church: you can wear this but you can't wear that, you must pay your tithes or you can't be a member of this church. At the end of the day how do these "rules" really bring us closer to knowing God and knowing who WE are in Him? So when I say I lost my religion and found God in that same moment, I am simply saying that once I shed the thought that the denomination I identify with, the book I read to get to know God, the rules I must abide by to join my local church is when I will TRULY find God and be able to build a relationship with Him.