Jump to content

Mika in Spanish Media


Sawako
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hi, guys!

My name is Sawako and I love Mika’s music. I think he’s a kind of genius and a gifted musician. I live in Spain, and nowadays there’re only a few journalists in this country speakin' about Mika’s first album. But I think he’ll be an idol for spanish fans.

Here I send you a link with an article in Spanish,written by my husband, who is critic in a spanish newspaper.

 

http://www.guzmanurrero.es/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=38

 

Bye,

Sawako

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 14
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Unfortunately my English level is not so good. But I'll try to translate the article. Mainly, it's a biography and a study about Mika's voice and piano style. My husband (who usually writes about classical music) thinks that really Mika is a musical surprise and a new star. I think that everybody here thinks so.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hola Sawako, soy un compatriota viviendo en Inglaterra actualmente, encantado de verte por aquí.

 

It is always good news to have Mika on the media in Spain, but let me be a bit pessimistic. We as Spanish know what kind of music sells in Spain and it is completely hopeless.

I'm not saying Mika won't succeed in Spain but Universal records will need to spend a lot of money in promoting him and in buying space for him in the radios that rules the dying Spanish music industry.

 

It is heartbreaking to realize how isolated Spain is music-wise. There are only 5 or 6 pop acts that consistently sells records there. With lots of luck and promotion Mika would sell about 30.000 records in Spain.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here's my translation:

 

Mika Penniman, the new Freddie Mercury

 

He’s 23, he was born in Beirut and he’s signed an enviable contract with Casablanca Records and Universal Music. His stage name, Mika, is probably one of those which will be most repeated by the specialist press during the coming year, thanks to a song, Grace Kelly, that’s climbing the British charts.

 

Few will disagree that Mika is an extremely original artist. In fact, this adjective can apply to his entrance onto the market. The first single of his career, Relax, Take it Easy was publicised in 2006 by BBC Radio 1 and shortly after that, the second single, Billy Brown, was available on iTunes. The result of both campaigns was so optimistic that many people turned their attention to the newcomer.

 

Even without having a CD on sale, commentators began to talk about Mika’s sparkling talents. Later, as always happens in these cases, came the generation readings. Obviously we are talking about a singer with a lot of talent – not only his vocal range on Grace Kelly, but what really demands attention is his expressive confidence, inherited from Elton John, from Harry Nilsson, from Rufus Wainwright and in particular from Freddie Mercury.

 

More than outrageous brilliance, Mika has an amazing confidence which is a result of a classical training that’s unusual in the world of pop. And although many want to see him as a follower of the Scissor Sisters, what’s certain is that his vocal play is sharper and more colourful. The definitive example of everything that’s brought about by the theme chosen by Universal for his launch. It’s certain that Grace Kelly is a song clearly indebted to the musical chapters of the Vaudeville, and it makes us await with much interest future deliveries of the style. In this way, there is a stronger sensation that Mika connects well with the Queen tradition: material with a magnificent texture in which the elements are intertwined without any apparent coherence, tripping over in a game where the crossover is the most coveted goal.

 

Master of notable technical skills, the English-Lebanese artist has a biography which helps to explain his musical style. Emigrating from Lebanon at the age of 9, he and his family found refuge in Paris and later in London. As a student he passed through the Charles de Gaulle French school, the Westminster School and the Royal College of Music. Dyslexia made it difficult for him to fit in and in the extreme caused him serious communication problems. The torture which his classmates subjected him to helped build his character. As a form of therapy, his mother made him study music with a rigid discipline which, it seems, had a great effect.

 

The eccentricity he demonstrated during his adolescence – scarlet clothes, dandy behaviour – was all a symptom of what would come later. He alternated his seasons at the Royal Opera House (high culture) with writing advertising jingles for British Airways and chewing gum (culture for the masses in its most popular form).

 

Thanks to production by Greg Wells, Mika’s first album, Life in Cartoon Motion, (Island Records, 2007) conveys something that the performer summed up in an interview: the reasons why the independent labels rejected his melodies and the major labels didn’t trust his strangeness.

 

Once they got over their reservations, Mika made a firm step into show business. The warmth of his music and his spectacular results justify that he has become a media product. It’s not a coincidence that the designer Paul Smith has chosen him as the face of his fashion label. In that, it’s certain, our young singer-songwriter also follows I the footsteps of Freddie Mercury.

 

Sawako, I think your husband's a great writer. There were some nice poetic sentences that were really difficult to translate!

 

And, Penniman, is that Mika's surname?? I'd never heard it before. How did your husband manage to find it out? I thought it was a closely guarded secret!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hola Sawako, soy un compatriota viviendo en Inglaterra actualmente, encantado de verte por aquí.

 

It is always good news to have Mika on the media in Spain, but let me be a bit pessimistic. We as Spanish know what kind of music sells in Spain and it is completely hopeless.

I'm not saying Mika won't succeed in Spain but Universal records will need to spend a lot of money in promoting him and in buying space for him in the radios that rules the dying Spanish music industry.

 

It is heartbreaking to realize how isolated Spain is music-wise. There are only 5 or 6 pop acts that consistently sells records there. With lots of luck and promotion Mika would sell about 30.000 records in Spain.

 

ooh, do you think? ....and yeah, I have heard that Spain doesn't have a good taste in music. It's weird because I think spanish ppl are very smart :sneaky2:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

ooh, do you think? ....and yeah, I have heard that Spain doesn't have a good taste in music. It's weird because I think spanish ppl are very smart :sneaky2:

 

I have to agree, we in Spain are very smart... :wink2: but talking about music all is about Spanish poppy nonsences, popidols and Xfactors. No room at all for proper English pop. Britain is by far the crib for new talents in pop.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here's my translation:

 

Mika Penniman, the new Freddie Mercury

 

In this way, there is a stronger sensation that Mika connects well with the Queen tradition: material with a magnificent texture in which the elements are intertwined without any apparent coherence, tripping over in a game where the crossover is the most coveted goal.

 

 

Sawako, . . . There were some nice poetic sentences that were really difficult to translate!

 

And, Penniman, is that Mika's surname?? I'd never heard it before. How did your husband manage to find it out? I thought it was a closely guarded secret!

 

I loved the intertwining / tripping over description.

 

Once Mika had talked a little about his life, it was very easy to research, in fact the newspapers have been very slow. Reporters probably don't have research assistants these days, no wonder so many half truths and falsehoods in the papers, which are mostly (and sadly not all) treating him well at the moment.

 

Lovely piece. Real enjoyable read. Thank you. And thank's to your other half.

 

CW.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Privacy Policy