You Don’t Have To Feel Like A Fake Gold Says Micki XO

Ever felt it was impossible to escape the circle? The desperation of winning over your demons? With breathtaking vocals and great production, pop singer-songwriter Micki XO puts all of that into a song and titles it Fake Gold.

Because Micky XO usually uses her personal life stories and of those around her, she is able to fully express herself in her music, and Fake Gold is a clear demonstration of that.

Music has always been a great part of Micky XO’s life, music has always been her getaway from situations she never thought she could escape from. With this she intends to use her music as a medium of connection with all the brokenhearted, to give them HOPE, to be able to stand the trials and tribulations.

This is what Micki XO had to say on why she chose Fake gold as the title for her new music in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh

I chose to name this track “Fake Gold”, because at the time of my life it was written about, I felt like I was fake gold. I was shiny and pretty on the outside when I put on a happy facade, but inside I was like cheap metal that turns your fingers green. I was crumbling and crippled by how much pain and shame I felt.

She later added

A huge part of music for me is the connection with others through my lyrics or emotions. My ultimate goal in music is to make sure that someone out there who feels alone will feel like someone understands them. That they aren’t alone, even when it feels like they are sometimes.

In the interview Micki XO took her fans on a tour of her personal life, she touched on how things were during her comeup and also shared what she does when she is not recording

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What is your stage name

Micki XO

Is there a story behind your stage name?

There is! Micki was actually my childhood nickname that my dad gave me. I wanted to just be “Micki” at first, but the name turns out to be a somewhat popular Japanese girl’s name, so I went with “Micki XO”. The “XO” comes from my plug-in for production: the XO Drum Kit. Of all the instruments out there, I’ve always been drawn to the drums most. And so, “Micki XO” was born!

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in so many places that it’s hard to pinpoint just one, honestly. I’d say I find inspiration in stories. Whether they’re mine or others’. To me, it’s very important to tell a story and to write songs that resonate with others.

A huge part of music for me is connection with others through my lyrics or emotions. My ultimate goal in music is to make sure that someone out there who feels alone will feel like someone understands them. That they aren’t alone, even when it feels like they are sometimes.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?

Honestly, not really. I think this answer surprises a lot of people, but I didn’t really get into music until a couple years ago. I always loved it, and it helped me through many hard times, but I never played or sang outside of my car or shower.

It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I discovered karaoke and how much I enjoyed singing and interacting with others who also love music at karaoke bars. It was a powerful feeling, and it felt like I finally had not only something that made me happy, but that relieved my stress and was almost like therapy to me. I do wish I had pursued music earlier than I did, though, since it’s changed my life and made me a much better and healthier version of myself.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?

This answer may also surprise people, but I’m not. My mom is in tech, and my dad was in the military, and then sales. My sister would sometimes sing with me in the car or at karaoke, but that was pretty much it, in terms of musicians in the family.

Another one of my sisters, though, was very into art. She is an incredible painter and illustrator, and that was a huge part of what got me into the arts in general. I’m a graphic designer and photographer by day, and a huge part – if not all of it – was because I admired my sister when I was younger and wanted to be an artist like her.

It just blossomed more and more throughout my life into more than just drawing and painting.

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My mom is in tech, and my dad was in the military,


Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

Music saved my life. It sounds dramatic, but it really did. This may sound a bit dark, but it’s an important part of my story: I’m bipolar, and every year I would have a huge breakdown about feeling like I was never going to get better – even with many many med changes and lifestyle changes.

I would try any advice anyone told me to try and feel better mentally. And sometimes it would work….for a short while. I talked to my mom and a therapist about it, but because they and no one I knew (or so I thought at the time) didn’t have the same mental illness, I felt like completely alone and like I was going insane.

I later found out that this was largely due to being misdiagnosed with depression for over a decade, despite my asking if it may be something else. I was very close to the maximum dose on a very strong drug, and I wasn’t getting better. While I was going through all this, I heard a song one day that just STUCK with me.

I couldn’t figure out why. But the lyrics, the beat…everything just felt…right. Like it was speaking to me in a way that one else had before. The song is “Control” by Halsey, and years later, I found out why it stuck with me. Halsey is also bipolar, and when I was finally diagnosed correctly with bipolar disorder, it all clicked. That song made me hopeful that someone that led such an amazing and successful life was just like me.

That maybe I could do that too. As I mentioned before, I had started doing karaoke, and when the pandemic hit, karaoke went away. While listening to that song for the 10,000-th time, I decided maybe I could be that person for someone else. That I could also get my dark emotions out in a productive and healthy way.

I began writing my own music, and worked with a producer to make those dreams a reality. Through my music, I even discovered that people I was close with also had bipolar disorder, and I was no longer alone. It was the best decision of my life!

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

I’m all ear-trained. I did a few voice lessons here and there, but other than that, I just taught myself how to sing by listening to songs and trying to match their pitch and emotions and such. My producer also is a great teacher for me. He is great about helping me learn some great warm ups and techniques that have helped me overcome my lack of formal training.

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?

This is a great question! I have never been asked this before! It was Avril Lavigne at the Clackamas Town Center Mall. It was a free concert that Z100 put on when I was around 10 or 12 years old. I caught a sticker they threw down to the audience and kept that as a souvenir for a long while, before it was eventually lost in a move.

How could you describe your music?

“Dream pop meets industrial strangeness”. It’s dream pop, but with a dark edge to it. I pride myself on not sounding like the typical music out there, but also making sure the music is high-quality and something that will stick with the listener.

My music speaks on important topics, but with the flair of a fun energy to it. I want to make sure my music and stories are saying something, and they are all “fast cars, sex, etc”. It’s music that I hope inspires and helps someone out there.

Describe your creative process.
It’s so different every time. Sometimes, it’s the beat that comes first. Other times, it’s the lyrics. One thing that is a pretty constant in my process, however, is the concept. I usually start with a concept of what I want this song to say to the listener and write lyrics or figure out what I want the vibe of the beat to be from there.

What is your main inspiration?

My main inspiration is my fan base. I want to make music that makes them feel seen and heard. That lets them know that they aren’t alone. Other inspirations are personal experiences or experiences of people close to me. If we’re talking musical artist, then Halsey, Billy Eilish, and Banks are very big inspirations to me. It depends on the song, but it could be a smaller artist as well. In short: I’m inspired by life and those around me.

What musician do you admire most and why?

Halsey. She not only had a song that saved my life, but she is such an inspirational person as well. She helps others without bragging about it or looking for attention from it. She boldly stands up for what she thinks is right, and won’t take nonsense from bullies.

Being such an advocate for mental health and speaking openly about her bipolar experiences is very brave, as bipolar is very stigmatized. And I hope one day she reads this and knows how much she helped me. On top of all of that, she is also gorgeous and an incredible poet.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?

Oh absolutely! My first two songs were pop rock songs, and I’ve slowly crossed over to more of a dream pop sound. My inspirations are always changing, so my songs are always evolving as well. One thing that has stayed constant is that I make music because it’s fun, so whatever I think will sound cool is what I go with.

Who do you see as your main competitor?

That’s a great question! I’m still pretty new on the scene, so I don’t think I have any competitors currently. I can be a bit competitive sometimes, but I genuinely really love and admire all the artists I’ve gotten to know. I don’t think there’s anyone I’d wish ill will towards.

What are your interests outside of music?

I’d say my main interests are graphic design and photography. I’m very blessed to have been able to have made a career doing something I truly love, and I hope that I can do that with music as well!

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my main interests are graphic design and photography.


If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

Probably photography. I really enjoy photography and capturing the beauty I see out in the world. There are infinite things you can do with it, and one of the most rewarding things about it is when someone looks at photos you’ve taken of them and feels beautiful. I once had someone cry, because she had never felt so beautiful in photos before. It was the most amazing thing to hear.

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I’d say the fear of the unknown. Every musician’s journey is so different. There’s different circumstances, advantages, and disadvantages for every person, which means there’s no road map to success.

Some careers have a very laid out plan: go to college, get an internship, etc. Music is like one big question mark of what comes next. What may be a stepping stone for one person’s career may be a dead end for someone else. You just have to kind of blindly trust that you’re amazing and that if you hang in there, you’ll find success one day.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?

Great question! Hmm. I’d have to say that I would change how competitive it is. There are many people that don’t view music in this way, but those that are sometimes turn art into a way to tear another person down, and I don’t think that’s how it should be. It should be about building each other up and supporting one another.

Why did you choose this as the title of this project?

I chose to name this track “Fake Gold”, because at the time of my life it was written about, I felt like I was fake gold. I was shiny and pretty on the outside when I put on a happy facade, but inside I was like cheap metal that turns your fingers green. I was crumbling and crippled by how much pain and shame I felt.


What are your plans for the coming months?

Oh man, where do I begin? I’ll be performing on a luxury river cruise liner in Portland, OR for the next month, as well as working on new music for 2023 and performing some smaller shows around the city. New music will be coming January 2023!

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans

I do! I’m currently working with about 8-10 different artists in Portland, OR and around the world. A few are producers, and a few are artists. As for what we’re creating…you’ll just have to follow me and see what’s coming!

What message would you like to give to your fans?

My biggest message is: don’t give up. No matter if it’s music, if it’s a career, or just mentally. You’re amazing and you matter more than you may even know. I love you and I’m rooting for you!

 

 

Mister Styx
Mister Styxhttps://musicarenagh.com
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