Today we’d like to introduce you to Ian Michael.
Ian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Music was always something I wanted to do so I feel there’s no specific time I got started. I used to rap to myself all the time growing up and imagine myself in music videos. When I was 13, I was heavily influenced by Drake and really started to write to beats and rap for people. Producer “Pk” was working at my school at the time and after seeing me rap at a school talent show, encouraged me to pursue a career in music.
I really didn’t get my start as Ian Michael until I met Haskel Jackson in 2016. I was still in college at the time and quit the basketball team to pursue my career in entertainment. I then spent my fourth year of college in LA while still commuting to CSUF to finish. It was tough but I knew I had to do it to follow my dreams and I’m so grateful that I did.
I released my debut single Girl from the North that year and received a very positive response from my college campus which led to me gaining 100,000 streams on Spotify. Also had some crazy shows too where I heard my song sung back to me and that’s an amazing feeling.
Been in the studio a lot lately preparing for my new project and I’m really excited for people to hear what I’ve been working on.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. I think one of the toughest struggles is just the belief in yourself, especially when you face a lot of rejection. I’m getting better and better at affirming positive thoughts to my outlook on the journey, no matter the outcome.
Also just finding your true authentic lane can be tough sometimes, because you’re also trying to find something that will sell at the same time.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’ve been working on a project for the past year and have been really happy with how it’s coming along. I’ve been truly just enjoying the process of making music so much so I have no release schedules in mind right now.
I also have been doing some songwriting on a few other artists projects as well, so I’m pretty hyped for 2020 because I feel a lot of the music I’ve been working on for the past two years will be finally seeing the light of day.
As a recording artist, I feel the biggest thing that sets me apart from other artists is honestly my approach to the music. I’m so proud of the fact I am able to produce commercial pop records with such a hip-hop bounce and an R&B feel.
Seeing me live too, is something to experience. I love to perform and my energy is always on 10, just naturally.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always a goofy kid. Definitely very energetic, loved to be around people. I was always interested in sports. I played basketball growing up.
Anything I did I took serious and wanted to be the best at. I just always knew since I was a kid, I was made to be great.
- Website: theianmichael.com
- Instagram: @kingianmichael
- Facebook: facebook.com/kingianmichael
- Twitter: twitter.com/kingianmichael
Alex Toderica @alex.toderica; Jack Langlois @jacklanglois2