Jean-Mikhael – Senorita
Tell us your name, country of birth, and childhood experience.
My name’s Jean-Mikhael and I was born in England. Childhood experience is playing young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live in the West End.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
Well, my stage name is my actual name, Jean-Mikhael which is French as I’m half French. My career started from a young age after playing a young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live in the West End at 13; from there I went to the BRIT School for performing arts and studied music.
At 17, I was then discovered by my manager and he has taken me on, building my career.
In 2018 I signed my record deal with OTOD Records. Since the signing, my fan base and music career have risen in so many ways.
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.
My genre is contemporary R&B/pop but my music is myself and my voice.
The latest video I’ve done is for my newest single Señorita; it’s based on when you lock eyes with a stranger and fantasize what it would be like if you actually interacted with them.
Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.
Based on my experience, record labels are there to help fund, promote and help make your music come to life. I think it’s essential to help an artist build contacts, connect you to people and be a support system so that they can put out their music to the best quality.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I am promoting my music by playing live shows and have radio and press appearances over the coming months. I’m so grateful for everyone who has been supporting me so far.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
A poignant artist rising through the ranks with his formidable and extraordinary voice, Jean-Mikhael brings finesse and flair through his music and fashion. His eloquent and soothing vocals are entangled with mesmerizing melodies and effortless vigor.
Taking it back to the basics he showcases his theatrical presence through his live performance, with immediate star quality.
‘Señorita’ is taken from his newly released EP ‘The Deal.’ Glossy, innovative, and empowering, the EP is a deliberate construction that has been built from a recipe of productions, emotions, visuals, and lyrics, all seasoned with time rather than being rushed out…
The project zoomed from the top of the R&B/Soul iTunes charts to the top 10 and peaking at Number 8.
‘The Deal’ is an intricate collection of singles that span across contemporary R&B and pop with electronic influences. From the sub-heavy ‘Every Little Thing’ to the seductive and sensual sounds of ‘Señorita’, the EP is the blank canvas to which Jean-Mikhael expresses his diverse sound and musicality.
Although a fresh artist, Jean-Mikhael already has an impressive catalog of achievements. Not only a BRIT School graduate, following in the footsteps of notable alumni such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, and Ella Eyre, his first musical venture was as the young Michael Jackson in London’s West-End production of Thriller Live. His confidence on stage has also been captured on camera having shot numerous fashion shoots including for Teen Vogue.
With such disciplines conquered, his show-stopping, showman tendencies continue to play a central role within all aspects of his music, from the sound and delivery through to the visuals themselves, the first of which is set to release alongside The Deal EP.
His live presence has also awarded him with a sold-out headline show at 229 The Venue and performances for platforms such as Sofar Sounds and People’s Day.
He’s currently touring schools across the country as a spokesperson to talk about critical issues and perform original material.
Explain the story behind the song.
‘Señorita’ is about an everyday scenario, we may connect or catch eyes with someone very briefly but we don’t always act on it. This about what it would be like if you did and where it could go.
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
I’ve had some great support so far from Fubar radio, BORN N BREAD radio/NTS, Pulse 88, KCC, and interviews on BBC Radio shows throughout the country.
I’ve also had an interview on London Live TV, continued support from Industry Me, and a premiere with Clash Magazine.
I recently was on the front row at London Fashion Week 2019 which has led me to getting some really exciting press and photo shoots coming out soon…
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
‘Señorita’ was produced by Akara Etteh with multi-instrumentalist producer/artists Knight and Tim Lyre, written by me (Jean-Mikhael), and the music video was directed by Jem Karto @ Red Monstar. My manager is Kemal @ Ofavision and my label is OTOD Records.
Elaborate on the song and music video.
I wanted the music video to be shot somewhere with a bit of character reflecting the Latin influences of the track. I also wanted it to have a fun vibe and look vibrant whilst having that real chemistry.
Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.
Well, I’ve been in the performing industry as I said from the age of 13, but you could say being an artist with my own material and now being noticed in the music scene properly has only come around about a year ago.
Of course, my main goal is to be an international artist, performing and headlining big stages.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I like to think of myself as a showman, I’m known for my energy on stage. These songs are a reflection of me, with so much more to come.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
I cover songs with my own twist, but I hate learning lyrics, so that can be a weakness. My strength is my performance; every show involves dancing and audience interaction.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
Playboi Carti + Lil Uzi Vert – Woke up Like This
Michael Jackson – Remember The Time
Prince – The Beautiful Ones
Ariana Grande – In My Head
Rich The Kid – World is Yours 2
Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
Regardless of signing a deal with a major or being independent – You still have to do it yourself, it’s the nature of the job.
You can be the best but if you don’t have a good work ethic you won’t get very far.
The main thing with having a label is that you can have some support financially which is the biggest struggle as an upcoming artist.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
I want to eventually do my own fashion line and I’ve been doing a little research on how to go about it.
I have so much that I want to do; it’s just putting it all together at the right time. Also, l love to cook; I would love to do a little cookbook for the fun of it.
List your various works.
I’ve recently released ‘The Deal’ EP + 2 main singles ‘Deal’ and ‘Señorita’ and the acoustic versions are available on all platforms.
On top of that, I’m working on some fashion items including a magazine shoot for ASBO Magazine which will be out soon.
I’ve performed on the main stage at the People’s Day Festival and other high-profile events such as Sofar Sound etc. and I’ve also just come off a 52-date school tour which was great.
My next single is out in September, so lots more to come.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Señorita; It’s Spanish for ‘Miss’ – an unmarried woman.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
‘The Deal’ was chosen because I had just signed my record deal and this was the product of that process. It was to say, ‘this is what I’m about, so take me or leave me.’ It’s my first EP and I wanted to express my mind and show my honesty to everyone. This is me.