Obscure Obsessions: My love for Mika
by Joe Thomas
“Identity for me is something that has to be played with and explored, and not become complacent about or uninterested in.” This is my favorite quote by MIKA the British pop singer that has stretched his music across the globe.
I believe there are no “best singers” or “perfect artists” because music is an art form and art is about perception not this popular standard of classification of good or bad, so I’d never say MIKA is the best artist in the world, but to me he is my favorite.
The handsome young lad was born on the 18th of August, 1983 fairly close to my birthday of August 30th, just saying, maybe we’re soul mates.
However, as anyone would guess he wasn’t born MIKA, he was born Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr. The man has obvious creativity with his choice of stage name, and his creativity has no bounds exemplified in his music, but why MIKA?
Well it’s one of the Finnish forms of Michael, it’s also a very popular Japanese name meaning “new moon” but I think it’s simply because it sounds great and honestly sums up his style.
MIKA is big and he’s bright, he’s colorful and creative, he isn’t your common everyday artist, and he’s one that’s constantly changing.
His first hit in 2007 Grace Kelly, the first song on his first album, Life in Cartoon Motion, started a series of firsts for the artist.
His first tour featured the album’s hits like Lollipop, Billy Brown, and Big Girl (You are Beautiful).
This also led to his first Grammy nomination for Best Dance Record for his song Love Today also featured in Life in Cartoon Motion.
But in these series of events MIKA has grown, as any human being would, the only exception is that MIKA has allowed his music to grow with him.
It’s a popular practice in the music industry nowadays that when you make it big and hit the charts you have to stick with the style that got you there but MIKA is an artist you ignores that and lets the music do what it wishes and merely expresses his thoughts and feelings and even his growth through his lyrics.
His third album The Origin of Love best exemplifies that.
In a video interview with Televisionet he discusses this and expresses his real personal view on the album.
He says the album isn’t named the origin of love in his way of saying he’s found it, it’s named that because it’s based off of his journey to find it.
He also goes in depth to explain that this is the album that he got more personal with and even a tad bit more serious.
His first two albums were full of fun characters and bright colors, albums that could bring out the inner child in a person, but this is where the change comes into play.
In this interview he says that as a person he has changed and so has his music, he could’ve gone the stereotypical way and given his audience what they’ve already loved and already seen but in a new format, instead he felt the need to show his fans who he really was through his music.
It’s no secret that MIKA isn’t your typical man, he doesn’t do things like the rest of us and doesn’t follow the same path, making him different, and we all know that being different leads to rumors.
It was all across the media and message boards and fan blogs “What is MIKA’s sexuality?” “Who does MIKA like?”
Ultimately I don’t believe it matters, at all. I care only in the aspect that he is one of my favorite performers and artists and he inspires me, but that’s it.
Music isn’t about the creators sexuality or even who they are, when you’re listening to a song you’re first thoughts aren’t “I wonder if this singer likes dick?” You focus on the music or the lyrics or both, you let the song entice you and you choose what you like and/ or dislike about it, and MIKA seems to understand this.
For the first few years of his career MIKA avoided questions from reporters and public personalities regarding his sexuality and his personal life because ultimately it had nothing to do with why they asked to speak with him, they wanted to know about his music and his art so that’s what he discussed.
However in a particular interview with the Dutch magazine Gay and Night an interviewer asked MIKA how he defines his sexuality and his only response was “Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual if you need a term for me.”
This doesn’t mean he is bisexual, all he ever said was that he doesn’t like labels but the magazine chose to jump on the opportunity to bend his words like the media tends to do and title their article “Mika Clears Things Up: Call Me Bisexual.”
This annoys me in the aspect that they publicly announced a person’s sexuality without any conformation to see if they were correct and MIKA even expressed that they weren’t in his more recent interview with Instinct.
Today he expresses that if you have to give him a label he is gay but ultimately he has no terms or conditions merely a requirement of love and attraction.
MIKA is an attractive inspirational music idol who represents what a human should strive to be, themselves.
What I love about MIKA, and what makes him my favorite artist is his inner urge to merely be who he is, 100%.
He’s not crazy Lady Gaga “unique” or Nicki Minaj pink, he’s just MIKA, ever-changing, always alluring, MIKA.