WHO IS M THE MYTH?
M the Myth is my name! I am a queer singer-songwriter who makes pop dance music. I love performance and creating art. I am performance artist and entertainer who aspires to uplift his audiences with stories, music, and theater.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW PROJECTS?
I am currently #4 in Guitar Center’s Nationwide Singer-Songwriter Contest—I need as much help as I can to stay in the top 10 and reach #1! Any Shares/Views/Follows help immensely, here is the link: https://songwriter.amplifiertv.com/channel/mthemyth. The contest ends on Nov. 2nd 2016.
I also have a New Single “Holding On” out available on Spotify/Apple Music/SoundCloud. You can watch my new performance video for the single on the contest website. I am also currently working on my first album!
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO THE MUSIC SCENE/WORLD?
I started making music after a life-changing trip to South America. My best friend and I hitch-hiked across Patagonia and worked on small farms for about three months. One of the farmer’s neighbors lent me his guitar, and a man from Germany, who was also working on the farm, taught me three chords. Those three chords were all I needed to create my first song, “Tranquilo” which my best friend and I wrote together. I remember being obsessed with that creation, and how natural and fun it felt. I couldn’t stop singing the song we wrote. I returned from the trip with a new vigor for life, and a strong desire to create music. I started writing more and doing acoustic shows. After I graduated college I continued writing, released an EP “This is M” (Spotify/Apple Music/SoundCloud) and created a Music Video for my single “Let’s Get Drunk Anyway” (LGDA) with director William Green (cinematographer for Sage the Gemini’s Red Nose and Gas Pedal). I am currently managed by my longtime friend from Nashville, TN, Rebecca Autumn Sansom through a company I co-founded with her, Blonde Artist Management LLC.
WHO WERE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES GROWING UP?
The first three CDs I remember having were Britney Spears – Baby One More Time, Spice Girls - Spice & Destiny’s Child –The Writing’s on the Wall. But before then when I was around five or six years old I remember putting Selena’s Dreaming of You album on repeat on my Dad’s cassette player. These powerful women had a huge influence on me growing up. I identified with them, wanted to be like them, and wanted to perform just as they did. I remember thinking I couldn’t because I was a born a boy, I was an overweight kid, and I was multiracial. There were no pop superstars at that time who fit that description. But it has always been my dream to be a performer like these ladies. My mom was a huge fan of Bob Dylan and the Beatles so I grew up listening to them too. I also loved listening to Samantha Mumba, TLC, Fefe Dobson, Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Aaliyah, JLo, and Ricky Martin.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES NOW?
When I first heard about Lady Gaga, I slowly began to believe that I really could be a performer/superstar. She was so different, and her difference and success meant possibility to me. I’ll never forget seeing her live for the first time at the Monster Ball tour—that concert changed my life. She awakened a part of myself that I had forgotten: the belief that anything is possible. I listen to her music all of the time. Coldplay is another one of my big influences—their music resonates deeply with who I am and I love their sound. One Republic’s Ryan Tedder is one of my current favorite artists too. I love his melodies and general writing style. My friend showed me Banks last year and I have been hooked on her ever since, I love how dark and melodic she is—plus her production is so unique, dance-oriented, and different. Brandi Carlisle is a queer artist who I absolutely love. She’s an amazing songwriter and her music speaks to me. Queen and Freddie Mercury, have had a huge impact on me. I remember it was when I was a bit older that I learned about Queen and Freddie—his existence shocked and thrilled me. I feel Freddie with me wherever I go, I believe his spirit lives inside of me. I also feel that way with Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. I have conversations with these artists, and I feel their presence much like a medium does with spirits. I feel that they too, are with me whenever I perform.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR NAME M THE MYTH?
M comes from my name Michael and it represents a sound vibration “Mmm”” as well as a genderless pronoun. I am gender queer and it was important for me to pick a name that represented that part of who I am. For me, the meaning of “Myth” in my name comes from the idea that popstars and celebrities are modern myths. Celebrities are, in my eyes, characters in stories circulated by the media. Many people including myself, don’t actually know these people personally. And it is this idea, the existence of “others” whom many may never see, that suggests a sense of myth. We may know about them, we may catch a glimpse of them, but for many people, celebrities exist outside of their everyday physical life.
My name also comes from the idea that humanity/individuality is a story we tell. It is my belief that I exist as the specific individual I am because of who I believe myself to be. I understand M the Myth as a construction--a story I have told about a performer who I’ve always wanted to be and who is now, the person I have become.
WHY DOES YOUR MUSIC MATTER SO MUCH TO YOU?
For me, music is the apex of my spirituality. It is a physical vibration that transcends barriers between humanity. It is the one thing in my world that helps me understand the rest of the world. I see us as vibrational beings, as infinite individual songs, and I believe it is the musician’s job to channel the human experience into sonic understanding. When I am truly connected with the music, I feel the power of its vibration transform my being. I feel my mind, body and spirit dancing freely and infinitely. I think any subject in life that makes you feel that way means you are meant to be a part of it
WHAT DOES YOUR MUSIC MATTER SO MUCH TO YOU?
My manager, Rebecca Autumn Sansom (CEO) and I founded Blonde Artist Management LLC (BlondeAM). I am the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Together we run the company and have four clients including me. BlondeAM is an homage to Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jean. It was the injustices she experienced in the entertainment industry that birthed this management company. BlondeAM is so important to me because it helps me see the other side of being an artist. Owning a company pushes the limits of my artistry, making me see the bigger picture of who I am. It makes me think of my career as both an artist and as an entrepreneur. BlondeAM translates to pro-artist agreements, artist protection and advocacy, artistic development, opportunity, as well as the establishment of meaningful relationships. It is safe place for me to express the whole of who I am with the support of an amazing team of passionate people.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
In the next five years I see myself signing a record deal with one of the top US record labels. I see myself performing around the clock, going on tours, recording and singing new music, writing more music, writing for other artists, meeting new artists, giving back to charities, starting my own non-profit, continuing my work with BlondeAM, and being extremely happy. I see myself having released three studio albums. I also see myself acting in films and television as well as writing films, novels and research articles.
WHEN YOU WERE IN COLLECT, WHAT DID YOU THINK YOU WANTED TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
I studied Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University and graduated in 2014. I thought I was going to pursue a career in acting but after I traveled to South America everything changed and I knew music was what I was going to do.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS OUT THERE THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO EMBRACE THEMSELVES OR THEIR IDENTITY?
I would say that it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about you, you are perfect. You are loved and can doing anything you desire in this world. And it might seem bad right now, but it will get better in time. You will find yourself surrounded by people who accept and love you for who you are. You are a magnificent and unique being and deserve infinite joy and happiness. I struggled with my identity for some years and I have discovered that no matter how you chose to represent yourself that the most important thing is you feel good, and if you don’t feel good now, know that you will in time. I promise.