2017 was the year Manchester-born singer-songwriter Mike Watson made a colossal impact on pop music in the UK. His debut single ‘Lying For Love’, has clocked in more than 750K streams in just over six months, prompting a U.K tour at the end of last year.
Music has always been a part of Mike’s life. Picking up the guitar at a young age, with encouragement from musical family members, fanned the flames for a serious addiction to songwriting. Fast-forward to today, and Mike has developed into an accomplished guitarist, drummer and songwriter. It was this set of skills that initially prompted a blistering career in his first band, who toured Europe & Asia and achieved #1 singles success in Japan. Eventually, the band went their separate ways. But Mike took that that experience and moulded his lessons into a determination to achieve his own solo goals.
‘I realised I needed to be writing and performing music that I could really relate to. It was a big decision to make, but I took a leap of faith and left the band project to go solo. It was tough at the beginning but I’m thankful I took that chance as I am where I am now on my own terms.’
One of the first steps, was to establish a YouTube fanbase for his diverse set of cover videos. Covering a number of the world’s biggest artists, he picked up fans among the likes of Anne-Marie and Martin Solveig – both of whom, showed their support in a series of tweets. His live career blossomed too, with an incredible experience as part of the support act for Maroon 5 and Magic!
Step two, was taking towards his own musical journey. Mike has been humbled enough to work with key writers & producers for The Kaiser Chiefs & Little Mix, honing his own unique blend of contemporary pop. If ‘Lying For Love’ was the breakout single, then ‘On Fire’ is the track that cements Mike as one of the U.K’s most revered pop talents. It’s a commercial track that achieves the rarest of compliments, being emotive yet anthemic; accessible but not cheesy. The rolling tom groove in the chorus provides a rugged foundation for Mike’s undeniably hook-ey topline.
‘This song was one of the hardest songs I’ve written. I ended up changing the verse three times and the chorus twice, ending up with a mix of all of them. It’s a sentiment I really wanted to get across, about admitting you’ve found someone who has a hold over you and not being afraid to show it.’
Listen/Stream On Fire below: