Mike XI is an LA-based singer, rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur. Using his unique mixture of alternative hip-hop, pop and soul, he processes life experiences. His music is created with the desire to inspire and connect with people who might be struggling through the same experiences. His debut single ‘Ghosts’ is the perfect opening note to what he has to offer.
While the inspiration for the song was a breakup that shattered Mike’s heart, there is more to this track. It looks at how the experience left him struggling with addiction and mental health problems. The ghosts are his mental demons that he has to fight as well as the addiction trying to pull him under. As the song looks at these dark subjects, there is also a glimmer of hope and connection for others to know that they are not alone in these struggles.
‘Ghosts’ draws you in with this wonderful falsetto that creates an atmospheric tone to the track. This vocal line comes and goes throughout the track. It is a great counterpoint to the deep hip-hop beat of the single. There is a steady pace to this song that lets the lyrics and vocals shine through.
Mike’s vocals are so smooth that you can easily listen to him on repeat. His performance drives the introspective lyrics home and gives you an insight into his mind. The rhythm of the track has this great alternative vibe to it that makes the song easy to listen to for anyone whether they like hip-hop or not.
Mike XI introduces himself with an introspective and smooth alternative-pop/hip-hop debut ‘Ghosts’. The song hits all the right musical buttons from deep beats to smooth vocals and a message that everyone can connect with.