The versatile DMV artist continues to grow with his music
In an era filled with young musicians hoping for instant gratification with one or two hot records, Mike of Doom is one of the few artist who understands that consistency is key. The Maryland native has been putting out consistent content for over five years, with videos dating back as far as 2012. Mike’s sound has grown and evolved with the times while managing to keep its signature, DMV style. “I‘m from PG County Maryland, and that has a lot to do with my taste,” He says. Being in the middle of a gogo scene and thriving punk scene can have interesting effects on your Taste and my music reflects that.”
“Being in the middle of a gogo scene and thriving punk scene can have interesting effects on your Taste and my music reflects that.”
Going through Mike’s discography is like going through a timeline of his thoughts, influences and phases. What starts as fun loving, laid back vibes from his music can quickly make a left turn into an angry, dark sort of feel. In one of his latest songs, “Mona Lisa”, he almost ditches rap completely and adopts a vintage punk rock essence. The ability to switch his music up seems to lie in Mike’s sources of inspiration. “I’m inspired by Beck, Kevin Parker, Billy Corgan,” He says. “Dudes who can execute whole visions by themselves and make it look effortless.”
Mike plans to introduce another chapter of his catalog this month, when his newest project, “Michael” drops. With this release, he hopes he can get over the hurdle of balancing his personal visions with the current musical climate. The theme of “Michael” you might ask? Being an uncompromising version of yourself. “I want it to speak to that part of yourself that hides but wants to be louder. I hope Pitchfork gives it an 8.3”. An oddly specific number for an oddly intriguing artist. Rock on Mike.