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  1. On 10 June 2019 Mika will be on [ La boîte à questions ( The question box ) ] Twitter Instagram story https://www.instagram.com/baqcanal/
  2. This is more like a help call more than anything, and let me tell you, I need whatever piece of interview you distinguished MFCers have of Mika, especially is he comments on his world view, or his lyrics. I have found out about him tho years ago and I'm in dire need of processed data on him commenting on his art. The essay is on his expression of the conflict between imdividual freedom and social expectations/traditions- so lyrics provide me for the larger part already but I know it won't be enough, thus I turn to the elders of this fandom for their archives. I need, and honestly I cannot express this enough, NEED the knowledge and catagorization you already have at hand. I have searched online for more than 24 hrs total with this essay on mind, but everytime I believe I have covered it all, I find new records and pieces scattered around here, and simply cannot calculate them all. Message me if you will, please. I could give you my email for the documents or whatever content you have. P.s.: English and pre-NPiH preferred, as much a complete display of artistry the album is too late on the timeline I can afford. You see I'll portray him as a British person and he has become more and more of an international figure for me to pull it off properly. Thanks in advance -enx
  3. Mika will be guest at Plateau TV Saturday the 9th of February at 15h00 on France Bleu.
  4. Le Monde 10 Fevrier 2019 (No. 23043)  Paper pdf file ( page 1, 15 / 526KB ) Le_Monde_2019_02_10_page-1+15.pdf Digital PDF file Mika - Interview Le Monde.pdf Word file Mika - Interview Le Monde.docx
  5. So far I know there're three inteviews MIKA has taken in China Mainland, and hopefully there will be more in a few years. So I thought maybe I can open a new thread to collect them all. The first one The second one The whole interview http://english.cntv.cn/2015/06/01/VIDE1433156285006842.shtml begins at 8:30 And a third one that I found today.. http://tv.sohu.com/20150608/n414643149.shtml begins at 8:00 I particularly like this one, when MIKA said he's afraid of exams Eriko recorded it and post it on youtube:
  6. Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of March 2018, at 8:50 and 17:50, a Mika's interview on Cannes Radio. This is the link: https://t.co/n5OnYOpy0h * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PODCAST !! http://www.cerisefm.fr/news/l-interview-de-mika-19596 Chaque semaine une nouvelle interview The Voice vous est proposée sur Cerise FM. Retrouvez ci-dessous l'interview de la semaine dernière consacrée à Mika ! 1/ Est-ce que vous pouvez nous raconter un grand moment de solitude que vous avez eu dans votre carrière ? 2/ Est-ce qu'il y a un endroit en Fance où vous aimeriez chanter ? 3/ Dans cette saison 7 de The Voice, il y a des changements, est-ce que vous pouvez nous en parler ? 4/ Cette saison est pleine de surprises, que faut-il pour que Mika se retourne ? AUDIO files 1-l-interview-de-mika-cerise-fm 2-l-interview-de-mika-cerise-fm 3-l-interview-de-mika-cerise-fm 4-l-interview-de-mika-cerise-fm ➡ ➕ The interview at Cherise FM is subtitled in English and Italian! the-mfc-subtitling-teams-subtitled-videos
  7. PDF files Full Translation by @crazyaboutmika For the finale of The Voice Mika takes over Télé 7 jours. “Long life to variety shows !” « I wonder if variety shows are not dead As a rule variety shows stars do not exist any more. The Voice is a talent contest and a music show. Shows like the ones the Carpentier used to make or the Nat King Cole Show and the Elvis specials in the USA back in the 50's and the 60's… All that doesn't exist anymore, at least in Europe . And I miss it. In the USA, the talk shows were remodeled and now reminiscent of yesteryear programs. There are skits and comedy in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon or The Late Late Show with James Corden. They revisit those european traditions and give music its true place. And that's … that's awesome ! I wish this trend were back in Europe as well. By the way, thats what I tried to do in Italy, in my show Casa Mika. Internet has changed our perspective. In the 50's and the 60's ,technology was so fast that possibilities were huge for television. Now, priority is given to the web, and we lost that ”evening gala" type of shows that existed on TV. And without it, how can there still be variety shows? "Creating is est essential for me " The curtain is about to be shut on the 6th season of The Voice. An opportunity to ask the symbolic coach of the show to recreate one Télé 7 Jours in his way . The result is a colorful and irrésistibly pop magazine, which looks like him . “No one knows who I am and actually I wonder if I know myself », is something you said in 2009. Do you know yourself today ? Mika: No, I'm still looking, like a dog looking after his bone! But that's a good thing , because the day when you stop searching, that's because you're dead. I'm not running after anything, but I always challenge myself. Recklessness is my biggest drive, for work as well as for love. Will people get to know you better through the way you designed this Télé 7 Jours ? It's the first time I do that type of things. I love the idea to be granted access to a magazine that is so popular, sacred in a way. It's a true gift to offer me this opportunity. I think it also represents well my philosophy about life : mixing popular with high level, crazyness… I find that awesome! That mix, that's a bit you, isn't it? Mika: Maybe, yes, even if it's not done consciously. I never wanted to build a character: I am myself. When you're curious, you enjoy having fun through things and people and no matter where they come from it shows in our attitude and behavior. One thing I'm sure of is that I am an anti-snob. I hate snobism and people who behave like snobs. Your universe has always been very colorful, very pop. Where does that come from? Mika: At school I already felt apart. Back then I already found color was very powerful. And that if you knew how to use it, then it became strong. It's the same for melody. If you want to give yourself a voice, to be heard, melody is essential. I also found out that in a pop song, you can talk about serious and dark things. A bit of color, a bit of crazyness makes everything easier to digest. I have often said it : if you want a serious message to be heard, you must do it without taking yourself seriously. Moreover my drawings have often been dark. For my first single, Grace Kelly,I had imagined a pop stars factory where the ones who were too used up ended up in a meat grinder and became meat for hamburgers. Not very funny, but with color and contrast, it changes everything! When did your taste for illustration appear in your life? Mika: I have always drawn. If I hadn't been a singer, I would have become an illustrator or a designer. My sister Yasmine and I, we always did that. In my bag, I keep a copybook, pencils and marker. Everything starts from there, to come to life later in my albums, on stage… or in Télé 7 Jours ! Creating is essential for me. I already needed to create as a kid. When I started in as a singer, and I was looking for a record company to sign me in, I was often told : « We don't know how to classify you nor which part of the market might be interested in you… » I decided to create my own world. Mine and mine alone. A visual universe, a logo, characters , a "cartoonized" version of life… All the critics I got were clues to help me find what I should do. And I did it. I hope to become an enfant terrible" What is creation for you? Mika : It's an amusing thing, a drug which also gives a feeling of strengh. It is rather odd. As a giant dose of endorphin.You feel Tu te sens « extraordinary », sexy and fragile. A bit as if you just made love to the man or the woman of your life. During creating process, you also feel less alone because you share it with a team. It is very pure. Is it harder to create when you are successful? Mika : No, because I have evolved. I never opened the door to too many people, and I never became too normal or too smooth. I'm still wierd and true to my principles. I never did anything with commercial success in mind. It happened and that's a good thing. I always followed my own ideas and I never took the easy way. And I am proud of this. Today what remains of the shy child you were? I gained confidence as far as my job is concerned but that's all. If not, I'm still the guy who jokes to hide his shyness. In the « Dream dinner » that you created for us (see pages12-13), you invite Cocteau, this « enfant terrible »… Mika : An "enfant terrible" , is someone who isn't snob, who loves, who hates, who changes his/her mind all the time, who is always able to marvel, who is not afraid of vulgarity nor of sex, who doesn't care about consequences and who gets involved for what he/she likes. An "enfant terrible", that's the opposite of boredom. I don't know if I am one. I think it comes with the years. You also told us you only cry when the doors are shut. However, during The Voice, after a song by Vincent, the visually impaired candidate in your team … Mika : Hush! (He laughs.) People who are in my team are real. And I don't care what happens, because those people stay themselves, even under pressure. I am proud of them and of the way they make me feel. Since we're talking about The Voice, will you be in season 7 ? Mika (Silence.) I don't know yet, it's too early to talk about it. Mika's dream dinner “I wanted to organize an imaginary feast, here, in Télé 7 Jours pages. So here are my guests, even though for some of them it will be difficult to join …” Jean Cocteau: One of the most talented "enfants terribles" : filmmaker, novelist , activist, romantic… A punk poet. Joséphine Baker: Dancer et pop star in the twenties, who conquered Paris and the world. Her life was full of contrasts. She didn't know a happy ending, but she was a true star. It's crazy how I find her fascinating when I watch her movies, although so much time has passed. That's how you know the real artists. Mariza: A fado star and one of the best singers in the world. I have been a fan of hers since many years. I was able to meet her in Lisboa last year, during a dinner. After the dinner, she had the restaurant shut and she offered us an hour long surprise concert d’une heure by the lights of candles. Incredible! Laurent Giraud-Dumas: The barman of the Harry’s Bar in Paris, is a gentleman. His cocktails are as good as our chats, in the great tradition of great barmen. (Photo of a true dinner prepared at my house, with my friend the chef Andreu Coma Roca) Karl Lagerfeld: I met him and I was surprized by his candor. He loves music, he is a living encyclopedia of fashion and art. I could have talked during hours with him. At the end he tapped on his head and a cloud of talcum powder filled the space between him and I… Fanny Ardant One of the most beautiful and most talented among the French actresses. She is as remarkable in life as on screen which is very rare. A strong and gifted woman, with style. Xavier Dolan This Quebec filmmaker is an example of what must be a young person, creative and courageous. His work is so His work is so personal and unique that it inspires other artists. He says what he thinks. He is like dynamite! Dorian A very good friend with whom I collaborate. He tells the truth, even when it's hard to hear it. But he also knows how to laugh and how to dream. George Saunders One of the greatest American author of our time period. An Hemingway of today , funny and modern. I have never met him, but I'm sure he would find some of the guests very entertaining. Especially those who are dead … Léa Seydoux A wonderful actress who represents very well my generation. Charles Trenet Another punk gentleman. He was brilliant and he wasn't afraid to be serious and light. On the music side... The Lebanese singer Fairuz, of course, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday. Betty Boop A very strange character. To begin with, she was a mix between a human and a dog, then she became a pin up. What a funny evolution ! She was a bit ridiculous and represented in the worst way, the woman in the thirties and fourties. But I think she would have things to say for herself. Sandra Smith She was my piano teacher in London when I was a child. A person with an unbelievable patience. With me, she was tough and very sweet at the same time. She always knew I'd get a job in music even if being dyslexic didn't let me learn in a normal way. She helped me to do everything by ear. What mattered for her was for me to succeed, never mind the way. Melachi and Amira My dogs, two golden retrievers. In the USA and in the United Kingdom, my dogs can't go anywhere , whereas in France and in Italy, they are welcome. They are the only ones , apart from alcohol, who can make people smile and socialize. Christian Louboutin My great pal with whom I misbehave in Paris. He has the soul (and also often the behavior) of a child.He is so funny! He is also the worst Vespa driver I know of. He talks to people, he makes them laugh… and even dance ! About the food... A meal cooked by Marc Haeberlin, from L’Auberge de l’Ill, in Illhaeusern (68). I have never met a man who puts so much love into his cooking. Decor.. A pub, with flowers from the flower market where I go once a week at 5 AM , when I'm in London. A tradition that started when I was 8. I know everyone who works there. In London The place where I was in school and where I also started my artistic schooling. I was taught music by a Russian, a Scotish, an Italian, a French, a Portuguese and a Lebanese teacher. London diversity leads to excellence. I go to the Chinese district in the morning, I eat dumplings with tea , I take a walk in the royal parks. At night I head east to Shoreditch, in a pub, then we dance to French house music close to Hoxton till 4. We end up in a Lebanese restaurant of course. In France France is never boring. I think one likes Paris when one likes Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lille, Nantes… where I spent a good time. I love this pride of French culture. I walk everywhere in Paris. If you want to see me with my dogs, come to Montmartre. I sometimes have a drink there with Andy, my companion. People come and say hi, I like this respect. TV in Italy Italy is an extremely contrasted country, with crazyness and romantism. Italians people, like Lebanese people, are very much alive. Besides I moved there when I was a judge in X Factor, in 2013, and, now, I live during a part of the year in Milan. I'm always working. For CasMika show, that I host on Rai 2, we created a permanent set… and I even have a bed in my dressing room! “I'm finishing writing my autobiography, Diary of an accidental optimist. At the same time, I'm preparing a new album. I'm composing everything at the piano right now. That's what I had done for my first album. It will be pop, joyful, very colorful. ” “At the age of 19, the day when I left the London School of Economics. It was my first day in this prestigious school.I had bought all my books which costed 400 pounds (500 euros -journalist-). In the afternoon, we were being told about the sociologic geography course program. There was lots of blue in the room . I looked around me. No one was smiling. I told myself I absolutely had to get out of that place. I left my books on the table, I got up saying I was going to the bathroom and I left. I took the tube and I begged the director of the Royal College of Music to let me try a new audition. He accepted… and the next day. I was in !” “The origin of my style…” In the music world , his voice is recognizable among one thousand. As far as style goes, Mika is also different thanks his unique sense of fashion, developped long ago. Besides it became his second job. “I grew up with fashion. My mother was a stylist. I remember the threads and the pins that were scattered on the floor.… With my brother and my sisters, we were kids who danced a lot, we often got them under our feet ! And there was this very particular dust everywhere in the appartement, because of the yards and yards of cotton or silk material that got cut there. I also remember a smell that I loved, that I would associate with my grand mother's dresses. So I litterally breathed fashion. Not the handbags or the magazines' s fashion , but the one of the workshops, of the material supplier, of the patterns printers… When you grow up with that, you have a rather deep relationship with that particular world. » « I respect fashion creators who have that ability to survive trends. They are the ones who have a story to tell. A story that is linked with emotion, not with prices. Besides I started creating myself for lack of budget. I used to design my own tee-shirts for my photo shootings. I used to buy cheap or second hand ones. Then I used to get scraps of fabric in the west of London fashion houses like Burberry. Then I created embroidery, yokes and patches for my jackets and my teeshirts. It wasn't perfect, but I was proud of it. I always made a difference between style and fashion because I don't like the fashion industry. You can ask all my friends who work in it, all of them will say the same: it is a difficult environment. That being said, there are moments of grace. It is worth it. » « Right now, I work with professionals of fashion houses , like Valentino. It's not at all contradictory with what I'm saying. After several exchanges of ideas, they draw everything. They also follow what I do and suggest things to me that match my personality. Actually, it's almost an anti-fashion way to do things. They are among the best in the world and they create unique pieces for me. Those are the clothes I wear on The Voice, particularly. We tell a story, we don't sell a product. And that's how it becomes cool. My mother still designs my stage clothes and also my streetwear. With my sister Yasmine – we work together in my kitchen, like we did before in our mum's kitchen –,,we design watches, we collaborate with brands…We opened a designing studio, in which two people work for us. We draw and decide everything : the technical sketches, the instructions for production…It all comes from us ! » Before The Voice...” « About Florent, of course I knew his name, his character and his songs in particular "Savoir aimer". But I didn't know the man. We learned to know each other little by little and I made a friend. » “Florent already visited me in my Miami house” « Florent is always a bit everywhere around the world, like me. And he is curious, like me. He also knows how to have fun and he's a bit extreme. At the same time he is sweet and kind to me. And if he gets angry, he comes back and says he's sorry. If he sees that I'm sad he is the first one who comes to sit by my side and ask : « What's wrong? Tell me … » He is always the same as well, and that's something I like : he is the same in front of a camera and when we eat together during the breaks. Or also at my place , at home with our families. One day he was talking to my dad and it struck me how identical he is in daily life and in The Voice or on stage. Because , yes Florent already came to my house in Miami. He also lives there during a part of the year,we share lots of things. » “A memorable evening” « Florent makes me laugh. So much. We also share lots of memories of moments together. One night he took me out to dance. I found myself surrounded by people who were rather… uninteresting, with bottles that costed a fortune ! (He laughs.) I went to see him : « Frankly, Florent, are you having fun ? » He answered : « No. » I offered him to go somewhere else, et il a accepté, asking me to take him where I wanted. That was before the former Queen, in the Champs-Élysées, in Paris, was shut. Not without hesitation, he accepted to follow me to this famous night club. I called many friends and we all met outside. And once there … I see Florent Pagny, standing up on a sofa, with his hands up, dancing and singing. We have had fun like we were 16 years old. On that night, I told myself I would really like to be like him when I'll reach his age … » “We are Maître Gims fans” « With Florent, we have another commun point: we both go where we want to go. We do what we like, without calculating and without caring about what others might say about us. When I listen to his new single, Le Présent d’abord, composed by Maître Gims, I'm not even amazed by this collaboration. It's so much like him to do this ! Whatsmore I like Maître Gims a lot. In The Voice, I made my talents sing almost all his hits… » ******************************************** Mika tweets on June 1st, 2017
  8. Hi All!!!! Mika was on Compass FM earlier this evening (on the A List) and was interviewed by Gail Porter. I wouldn't have known if my friend hadn't have texted me to let me know - even though my text was after it had finished, ha ha ha, but she wanted to tell me that Mika mentioned me And my cow It is quite a short interview but still worth listening to. O.k, here's the link, Byeeeeee. xxx http://www.thealist.co.uk/player/default.asp?playID=443124
  9. Gay & Night magazine has interviewed with Mika in these years. Their article and interviews are always interesting. This thread tries to summarize their issues. ISSUU http://issuu.com/gaynightmagazine 2007 http://issuu.com/gaynightmagazine/docs/gn108 MFC #14 http://www.mikafanclub.com/topic/5468-mika-on-the-cover-of-gaynight/ 2009 http://issuu.com/gaynightmagazine/docs/gn139 MFC #15 http://www.mikafanclub.com/topic/23678-2009-mika-in-gaynight-magazine/?hl=%2B%26amp%3B+%2Bnight 2012 http://issuu.com/gaynightmagazine/docs/gn176 MFC #16 http://www.mikafanclub.com/topic/30094-2012-mika-on-gaynight-magazine-november-2012/?hl=%2B%26amp%3B+%2Bnight 2015 http://issuu.com/gaynightmagazine/docs/gn209be MFC #2 http://issuu.com/gaynightmagazine/docs/gn210nl MFC #18
  10. Here is an article in Hong Kong Press: http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48-hours/article/1810018/mikas-back-more-perfectly-crafted-pop Mika's back with more perfectly crafted pop Lebanese-British singer-songwriter who performs in Hong Kong next week has a new album out that shows a new maturity and which, he says, is the product of a liberated mood There is no shame in listening to Mika's perfectly crafted tunes. Unlike scores of exiled pop princes and princesses before him, Mika has enjoyed indefatigable popularity: his records aren't relegated to dust-ridden cupboards, he lives less in the shadows of his previous hits and more in the light of his next upbeat single, and his name isn't mentioned as a nod to the past. Mika, born Michael Holbrook Penniman Jnr in Beirut to a Lebanese mother and an American father, is a purveyor of pure pop. This means he takes its basic verse-chorus-verse form very seriously. Yet none of the songs on his four released albums sound the same. His 2007 breakout single, Grace Kelly, capitalised on his impressive three-octave range — he trained as an opera singer — while also speaking about identity crises and circumventing stuffy music conventions. Allegedly, Mika wrote the song after being asked by an industry schmuck to mimic the style and sound of another singer, which resulted in the nice self-deprecating lyric: "I tried to be like Grace Kelly/ But all her looks were too sad/ So I try a little Freddie/ I've gone identity mad". On one hand, it's just a pop song — and a very popular one, hitting No 1 on the UK charts — but on the other, it subtly reveals Mika's penchant for the extraordinary. Its chorus is a riff off an aria in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and it features dialogue from the 1954 film The Country Girl (for which Grace Kelly won an Oscar). Grace Kelly was followed by Billy Brown (about a man exploring a homosexual affair), Love Today and Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) — a positive ditty about the female form — all from his first studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion. His second and third albums were creeping hits. The singer — known for emulating Freddie Mercury both stylistically in clinging skinny costumes and in vocals — was overwhelmed with tour bookings. However, at this point in 2013, he began to face creative difficulties. "I took a break from making records," he says. "I needed to do something else so I could really make another record that had a different feel. I launched myself into another adventure." Different means stints as a judge on X Factor Italy, a coach onThe Voice France and a fashion collaboration with Valentino. He took a year off to write new material and when he sat down to put pen to paper, he was in a different state of mind. "Time was really pressed because I didn't have that much of it, so it concentrated me — I wrote and recorded it all in seven months. It was disciplined and precise, but also easy, because I was in a good mood. I felt liberated and came to the realisation I could make whatever record I had in me and not think about the consequences." Against that backdrop, Mika's new album, "No Place in Heaven", due for release on June 15, is a more mature set of songs. It starts with Talk About You, a flossy but perhaps necessary introduction to the tracks ahead, one that shows Mika still knows pure pop. Other songs are finely wrought: Last Party is a soft, piano tribute to Freddie Mercury (the video was shot by Peter Lindbergh) that would have been saccharine if not for Mika's haunting voice; Rio is a hands-in-the-air track with a feel-good melody; Good Guys is a more organic pop workout. The only thing that can truly cut through it all is something that's not a copy of a copy — something that's extremely personal and intimate. MIKA Then there's the title track, which Mika believes pulls the entire album together. "It's a kind of prayer; the whole album points to that, too," says the singer, who was raised a Catholic. "You expect a prayer to be full of melancholy and a little bit grovelling, but it's not — it's a defiant prayer. It says 'Here I am, this is who I am, I'm happy with where I am, will you forgive me, will you give me a place in heaven? This is your last chance, because I'm telling you even if you don't, I don't care.' I think what I'm saying is that I'm not asking for permission any more. If there's no place in heaven for me I don't give a damn. If this is purgatory, I'm pretty happy here." Fans will get to hear these songs on his Asian summer tour, with stops in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenzhen on the schedule. Mika's soft rebellion should work in his favour; after all, Grace Kelly was an experiment in rejecting industry standards and became a huge hit. The only caveat to going against the grain is that everything must be carefully curated by Mika himself. His latest album cover is his own illustration, most of the photographic images are taken by a friend, and his songs revolve around his friends and family. The 2007 song, Lollipop, which bumps along to a Diwali Riddim sample, has Mika preaching to his younger sister and imploring her not to have sex too early. "I represent something different, and I have to constantly work to achieve that because I don't have a big machine behind me like a lot of other artists," he says. "When I was younger, doing all that kind of work was really draining. It felt like I was being squashed because I didn't know how to handle it. Now it's the opposite: I see it as freedom." At the age of 31, Mika could be reaching the apex of his career with "No Place in Heaven", but a large part of his charm is his ability to be pop-oriented without falling prey to trends. "I wanted to create something that sounded timeless," he says of the album, "so you wouldn't know if it had been recorded five years ago or in five years' time. That becomes irrelevant for the record. It feels like the most important things are the lyrics, the melody, the song and the voice. "Travelling around the world, I've realised that within the noise and cacophony of all these different places and cultures, the only thing that can truly cut through it all is something that's not a copy of a copy — something that's extremely personal and intimate."
  11. http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/features/Music-Music_features/27109/Extended-interview-Mika.html pretty long interview, i find it especially interesting what he has to say about style and his collaboration with valentino!
  12. Another article/interview, from China this time If there is another place or thread to post these articles, let me know, please. http://split-works.tumblr.com/post/118253568654/dipping-in-to-shenzhen-this-month-for-one-of-our http://41.media.tumblr.com/422f1eea0833d1c056fedb0911523034/tumblr_nnwrdvDBtR1rer749o1_1280.png http://40.media.tumblr.com/93cc1162572e99a8ecb135316c87e86b/tumblr_nnwrdvDBtR1rer749o2_1280.jpg Dipping in to Shenzhen this month for one of our biggest shows of the year! Nag your parents, grab your BBFs and slap paint on your face for no reason~
  13. I hope it is okay to post this.I saw the link, but not the article. MIKA official @mikasounds I spoke to @Metro_US ahead of my NY & Brooklyn shows next week… bit.ly/1OZj48l 9:10pm · 27 Apr 2015 http://www.metro.us/entertainment/mika-bares-it-all/zsJodA---cGZVQDaPZDSOE/ PUBLISHED : April 27 Mika bares it all After a period of sadness and isolation, Mika emerges with a powerful, intimate new album, getting more honest than ever. Mika's fourth album, "No Place In Heaven" comes out in June Photo: Peter Lindbergh Mika may have churned out bubblegum hits like “Love Today” and “Popular” in the past, but his new album, “No Place In Heaven” (out this June) is melodious while exploring deeper, darker issues. Mika opens up to us about emerging from complete isolation to share the personal issues that matter the most to him. “I became afraid of what people think” It’s been three years since Mika’s last album, "The Origin of Love" and he says for most of that time, he purposely disappeared. “I went into almost complete isolation in my daily life and in my professional choices,” he says. “I became afraid of what people would think of my work. I isolated myself which was so stupid because I realize now that as soon as you become preoccupied with worrying what people think about protecting yourself, it’s like a creative cancer.” Taking chances On New Year’s Eve, he decided to change that, making a promise to himself that he would say yes to the next offer that came his way, no matter what. He got more than he bargained for when he was asked to be a judge on “The X-Factor” in Italy. But Mika followed through, learning Italian in two months. As a result of that, he landed a deal doing “The Voice” in France. Reemerging helped him get back to a place of honesty in his music. “I stopped that false protection, which was just getting in the way. When you hear the album, it’s got such a devil’s wink in it and the subjects I deal with are truly hard and very intimate, but when combined with joyful pop melodies, it resonates,” he says. Daring to be brave One of those songs is “Last Party,” about Freddie Mercury coping with his HIV positive diagnosis by throwing a three-day long rager in a nightclub. “There’s also a song called ‘Good Guys’ which provokes a lot of questions, but I wrote it to myself,” Mika says. “I [wanted to] dare to be like all the people who inspired me when I was younger and who didn’t think about the consequences, even if it put them in danger.” Mika recorded the bulk of the album alone in his LA home, which he says helped him get to a place of deep intimacy. “When you’re singing and writing a song, you’re showing more than a full nude striptease. You’re going all out and hiding nothing,” he says. “When something is intimate and it’s very personal, it’s really powerful. People are craving intimacy.” Mika in concert: New York City May 3, 8 p.m. Verboten 54 N. 11th St., Brooklyn, 347-223-4732 www.verbotennewyork.com May 4, 9 p.m. Webster Hall 125 E. 11th St., 212-353-1600 www.websterhall.com Emily Lawrence
  14. Mika Viernes, 21 de junio a las 12:15h. (Mika Friday, June 21 at 12:15h) http://www.20minutos.es/entrevistas/mika/479/ VIDEO : [YOUTUBE]gA_Vj3Uqsk0[/YOUTUBE] PICS : LARGE(2048 x 1365) : http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/9098574485_66bf9620af_o.jpg
  15. I think this video interview isn't posted yet. Mika plus pop que jamais http://www.itele.fr/video/mika-plus-pop-que-jamais?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+itele/culture+%28i%3ETELE+-+Culture%29 Le chanteur britannique sort son 3e album "The origin of love" aux influences toujours aussi variées : classiques, électroniques, R'n'B et hip-hop. Une musique qui se veut aussi plus intime et plus sombre. anybody translate it ?
  16. cubitus

    Mika in Le Figaro

    Si Elle me dit enflamme les ondes et les discothèques depuis plus d'un an, l'album dont est tiré ce titre, The Origin of Love (Barclay), vient tout juste de sortir dans les bacs. L'occasion de découvrir un Mika plus mature, plus complexe mais toujours perfectionniste et passionné. Révélé au monde entier en 2007 avec Life in Cartoon Motion, un album vendu à 19 millions d'exemplaires, Mika poursuit sa route de «globe-singer». Né au Liban d'un père américain et d'une mère libano-syrienne, celui qui a grandi à Paris et en Angleterre dit «venir de nulle part». Comme son frère et ses trois soeurs, il a donc «trouvé son identité dans l'art». Résultat, il a beau vivre à Londres, le garçon se sent aussi chez lui à Paris ou dans la campagne anglaise et affectionne tant la vie à l'hôtel qu'il trouverait «glam'» de «vieillir comme les vieilles sorcières installées au Carlyle de New York avec leur chevelure affreuse, leur tailleur Chanel des années 60 et leur petit chien méchant». Privé d'attache mais bourré d'humour. Q:Quelles langues parlez-vous? En famille, nous parlons anglais ou français et les femmes échangent en arabe pour déblatérer sur nous. Q:Si vous deviez exercer un autre métier? Ce serait illustrateur, peintre ou chef. Je suis un très mauvais cuisinier mais j'ai toujours des conseils à donner en regardant Top chef . Un peu comme en voiture: je viens d'envoyer mon troisième véhicule à la casse mais j'ai toujours à redire sur la conduite des autres. Q:Les vues qui vous enchantent? Celle qu'offre l'Hotel Palácio Belmonte de Lisbonne et celle que propose la toute petite maison d'un ami, près d'Alba, sur les vignes du Piémont et les sommets alpins enneigés. Q:Les salles où vous avez adoré vous produire? Le Cirque d'Hiver, pour son exposition à 360° qui déstabilise au début, mais oblige à se mettre à nu, et le United Palace Theater à New York, habité par toutes les légendes qui s'y sont produites et qui y jouent encore, comme Bob Dylan. Q:Premier choc cinématographique? Nikita, de Luc Besson, avec Jean Reno. Q:Après Grace Kelly, à quelle icône consacreriez-vous une chanson? Elsa Schiaparelli. Elle était surréaliste, étrange, créative, indépendante. Un génie méconnu de la mode et du design. Q:Premier concert? Shabba Ranks, à Virginia. J'avais 8 ans et adorais le reggae sans me douter que ce chanteur était si bête et méchant. Mais comme il avait une heure et demie de retard quand il est arrivé sur scène, je dormais déjà! Q:Les disques que vous ne troqueriez pour rien au monde? Pandemonium Shadow Show, d'Harry Nilsson ; ma collection de Henryk Gorecki ; et la compilation que m'a faite un ami des performances radio de Barbara. Q:Une collection à poursuivre? Les originaux des illustrations des couvertures de Mad, entre 1956 et 1966. Cette période me fascine. Q:Si vous ne deviez garder qu'un instrument? Ça ne serait certainement pas mon kazou, mais évidemment mon piano. Q:La chanson que vous auriez aimé écrire? Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Paul Simon). Q:Votre mauvais goût? Les frites de Quick trempées dans le Coca. Q:Vos bonnes tables? A Paris, dans le Ier, L'Épi d'Or ; en Italie, dans le Piémont, le restaurant du Relais San Maurizio ; à Londres, Yashin Sushi, dans le quartier de Kensington. Q:Quel amoureux êtes-vous? Compliqué, volatile mais pas volage. Bref, je disparais souvent mais reste très fidèle. Q:Vos acteurs fétiches? Fanny Ardant, Danny DeVito, Jacques Tati et Johnny Depp. Q:Que vous reproche-t-on? De remettre tout en question et de pousser les autres à faire de même. Q: Des boutiques où faire des folies? Cire Trudon, pour leurs bougies artisanales, et Deyrolle, fameux taxidermiste parisien. Q:Les chanteurs de votre vie? Avec Gainsbourg, j'ai découvert le sexe ; avec Barbara, la tristesse ; avec Fairouz, le Liban ; avec Nilsson, les années 60 ; avec Cohen, la poésie ; et avec France Gall... pas grand-chose. Q:Vos livres de chevet? Les Extraordinaires Aventures de Kavalier & Clay, de Michael Chabon ; Orlando, de Virginia Woolf ; et Léon l'Africain, d'Amin Maalouf. Q:Et Dieu dans tout ça? Je le trouve bien plus tolérant que ses religions... Source : http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2012/09/14/03006-20120914ARTFIG00762-mika-chanteur-sans-frontieres.php
  17. http://www.20minutes.fr/article/999947/mika-savoir-gay-important-comprendre-musique Mika: «Savoir que je suis gay n'est pas important pour comprendre ma musique» 2 contributions Créé le 09/09/2012 à 16h55 -- Mis à jour le 09/09/2012 à 21h57 MUSIQUE - Après une nouvelle tournée internationale triomphale, Mika a eu besoin de se reposer. Avec «The origin of love», album d’électro-pop solaire et faussement léger, il revient à ses premières amours... Vous n’aviez pas sorti d’album depuis trois ans. Que s’est-il passé après votre dernière tournée? Je voulais être à nouveau entouré par des musiciens. Pour le précédent album, j’avais affronté ma solitude parce que je voulais une musique plus sombre et moins commerciale. Celui-ci, je le voulais joyeux. Avez-vous opérer des changements dans vos méthodes de travail? Je voulais être à nouveau entouré par des musiciens. Pour le précédent album, j’avais affronté ma solitude parce que je voulais une musique plus sombre et moins commerciale. Celui-ci, je le voulais joyeux. Et ça a été un processus difficile? J’ai mis sept mois à l’écrire, ce qui est assez rapide pour moi, puis huit mois en studio. Ça peut sembler long mais c’est vraiment beaucoup de boulot de composer la tapisserie musicale de l’album. J’aime coller plein d’univers musicaux, de la pop au classique. Il y a beaucoup d’orchestrations avec de vrais instruments mais aussi des productions électroniques. Je suis le produit de ces collages qui disent vraiment d’où je viens, qui je suis. Donc, je veux qu’ils soient parfaits, c’est à la fois difficile et amusant. Vous avez besoin de vous amuser pour bien travailler ou c’est le fait de bien travailler qui vous détend? L’un décide l’autre, et vice versa. Si je ne me sens pas libéré, il m’est impossible d’arriver à ce résultat. Mais quand j’écris une chanson comme «The Origin of Love» , je me sens si confiant qu’ensuite, écrire l’album est plus facile. C’est ce qui explique que j’ai été bloqué un an et demi. On fait de la meilleure musique quand on est heureux? Je suis fan de Barbara qui a fait son meilleur travail quand elle était malheureuse. Pour moi, je crois que c’est le contraire, j’ai besoin de confiance. Je dois me sentir invincible, ne pas avoir peur de faire un truc nul. Et l’accident de votre sœur vous a aidé à vous sentir en confiance? Paradoxalement, oui. On change pour toujours après avoir vécu quelque chose comme ça. Ça a rapproché notre famille. Tous mes frères et sœurs sont dans l’art. Ce «secouage» nous a tous aidés dans nos domaines. Moi, j’en avais besoin parce que je mets beaucoup de vérité dans ce que je fais, ma musique raconte ma vie, qui, heureusement, est assez riche. Dans mes chansons, je mets tout et médiatiquement, je ne dis rien. Vous avez tout de même fait votre coming out cet été. Je l’ai fait parce que je suis heureux en ce moment. Savoir que je suis gay n’est pas important pour comprendre ma musique mais pour me comprendre en tant que personne. La sexualité n’influe en rien sur votre musique? Si, elle en a toujours fait partie. Sur scène, j’ai besoin de me sentir libre physiquement et j’aime y mettre de l'ambigüité sexuelle. Pour ça, oui, ça compte. Pourquoi avoir fait votre coming out si tard dans votre carrière? Je crois qu’on ne peut forcer aucun artiste à le faire quand il n’en a pas envie. C’est important de le faire à sa manière et dans un moment de joie et de confiance, pour que ça génère de la tolérance et non pas de la haine. Moi, j’ai trouvé, perdu et retrouvé l’amour. Je suis enfin heureux et libre. C’était le moment de le dire. Je sais que ça n’intéresse pas tout le monde donc je ne vais pas le mettre en avant plus que ça. Entre votre coming out et l’accident de votre sœur qui est un peu à l’origine de l’album, vous vous retrouvez à beaucoup parler de votre vie privée. Oui, c’est le jeu de la promo. Je sais que ça ne dure qu’un moment. Là je suis beaucoup dans l’introspection, je dois raconter en quelques minutes les émotions qui m’ont traversé pendant trois ans et ça laisse peu de temps pour parler de musique finalement. Mais moi, je ne passe pas mes journées à penser à tout ça. Là, on en parle mais ce soir, je retourne travailler à la tournée. Vous allez refaire plusieurs tours du monde pendant un an ou deux… Anxieux? Pas du tout. C’est un moment heureux mais il faut y aller à fond, oublier sa vie quotidienne et ne vivre que pour ça. C’est un peu un cirque, mais un cirque que j’adore. Benjamin Chapon
  18. http://www.cosmopolitan.fr/,un-verre-avec-mika,2142,1816651.asp Un verre avec Mika Huit millions d’albums vendus, Pharrell Williams et William Orbit comme collaborateurs sur le prochain, et Mika a rendez-vous avec ? moi. C’est l’heure du tea time avec l’ami anglais Mika, qui sort un troisième album très pop teinté d’électro et me rencontre pour l’occasion à Paris dans un palace du VIIIe arrondissement. À l’heure dite, je suis là, au milieu des dorures et des tentures très napoléoniennes. Mais pas de Mika, dont l’Eurostar a eu du retard et qui finit de se rafraîchir avant de descendre. Soudain, il est là. 1,92 m en chemise blanche et pantalon blanc, des cheveux bruns un peu hirsutes et un sourire plus large que le Channel. Il me fait la bise : on s’est déjà rencontrés. Bien qu’il soit bilingue français anglais, il est soulagé que je lui parle en anglais, car il n’a pas dormi depuis 24 heures. Tss, tss, ces pop stars. Je commence l’interview par un portrait chinois, et à la question : quel vêtement pourriez-vous être ? Il répond : « Un sous-vêtement. Il est près du corps, personne ne le voit, il est toujours là (enfin, disons qu’il est souvent là), il connaît vos secrets, vous protège, vous rend sexy. » Bon, Mika, avec cette réponse absurde, je crois que je peux faire la déclaration officielle suivante : la glace est rompue. ▲Mika cherche une mère À la question : quel animal pourriez-vous être ? Il répond : « Un gros panda. » Et c’est vrai que le chanteur anglo- américain d’origine libanaise ressemble à un gentil animal qui fait son cirque depuis 2007 à coup d’albums pop colorés et de concerts régressifs finissant en fête géante sous une pluie de confettis. Mais derrière la joie, pointe souvent le drame, comme sur « The Origin of Love », son dernier album, où il décortique les étapes d’une histoire d’amour qui finit mal. « Ça commence sublimement avec une grande déclaration puis, quelques chansons plus tard, j’en suis à traiter l’être aimé de minable, je dis que je déteste cette histoire d’amour, et que je n’ai qu’une envie, c’est qu’il me tue pour qu’on en finisse une bonne fois pour toutes. Bref, c’est très réaliste. » Car si Mika vend des millions d’albums, s’envole pour New York d’un claquement de doigts, a tout un staff d’attachés de presse, bref, si sa vie semble idéale, il n’a pas pour autant résolu tous ses problèmes personnels. Au contraire. Dans « Elle me dit », gros tube extrait de l’album sorti cet été, il règle même ses comptes avec une mère charismatique mais envahissante (la sienne), interprétée dans le clip par Fanny Ardant. « Je l’avais rencontrée à un dîner, pour moi, c’était la diva personnifiée. Elle a accepté d’être dans mon clip mais le jour du tournage, elle a stressé et m’a hurlé dessus. Elle s’est calmée quand elle a vu que tout ça n’était pas une opération de marketing mais que je l’avais choisie, elle, parce que je l’appréciais et la respectais. » Résumons : Mika cherche une actrice pour incarner sa mère envahissante et se retrouve avec une seconde mère envahissante. J’ai un peu envie de rire devant sa mine déconfite. ▲Mika fait son shoe Je lui demande s’il a un rituel avant de monter sur scène. Il me dit qu’il nettoie toujours le bord de ses chaussures, même s’il est en Converse, avec de la térébenthine, quelques minutes avant de chanter. « Parce que c’est un endroit que personne ne voit, et je veux en prendre soin », dit-il. Comme il a pris obsessionnellement soin de retrouver la naïveté et l’innocence de ses débuts pour l’album. « J’ai travaillé avec Pharrell Williams, mais j’ai aussi fait une chanson avec un type de 20 ans inconnu, qui vit encore chez sa mère. Avoir un gros ego ou se mettre sur un piédestal tuent la créativité. C’est comme se retrouver dans ce genre d’hôtel luxueux, c’est impressionnant, mais ça ne veut rien dire. » La prochaine fois, Mika, on se verra au bistrot du coin. ▲Qu’est-ce qu’il a bu ? Une tasse de thé. Préparé avec de l’eau bouillante fournie par un employé de l’hôtel, mais avec un sachet de thé qu’il a sorti de la poche de sa chemise. « c’est juste un sachet de thé anglais bon marché, a-t-il dit en riant, les thés français ne sont jamais assez forts à mon goût. » Par Florence Trédez 2012-09-06 15:10:36
  19. Last week, Flavorwire caught up with UK pop artist Mika to talk about his second album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, which drops in the US today. http://flavorwire.com/39685/exclusive-video-interview-mika-the-boy-who-knew-too-much
  20. Hi this interview was in Milan 2 months ago and Mika looks relaxed and he is so inteligent he understands italian because of his knowledge of spanish. Great interview!!!!!!!! His amazing!!!
  21. Louiza

    Favorite Interview

    I love watching Mika's interviews so I thought it'd be nice to have a thread about them. Which one is your favorite? Feel free to post a link to it here. Some of my faves are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUEnxv6UHD8