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[Interview] Afternoon Conversations with Sebastian Mikael

Sebastian Mikael
Last Night feat. Wale (Produced by Lamb and Bigg D)

Swedish/Ethiopian singer-songwriter Sebastian Mikael has been on the come-up for awhile now. The Gothenburg native hit the States with a dream to make it big in the music industry. He is classically trained by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and one of the first Swedish bred R&B singers to make it onto the US charts. With his latest single, “Last Night” featuring Wale, he blends a flavor of the old (Al B. Sure sample) and new with some contemporary sounds. While on his promo tour across the country, the rising star was able to take a moment to speak with TMN about the success in his life, inspirations, who he would like to work with in the future, and more.

TMN: First off, I want to congratulate you on the success of your latest single “Last Night” featuring Wale. The song is very catchy and the AL. B. Sure sample keeps fans old and new hip. Do you draw a lot of inspiration from older generation artists?

SM: Definitely, a lot of music comes from inspiration of older acts. I like Marvin Gaye, Sade, and other old soul artists. I like to make music with a throwback feel. I just have a big love for old school.

TMN: Getting on a track with Wale for one of your first singles had to be pretty humbling. Could you explain a little bit more about how that collaboration came about?

SM: Made the first track in Miami. We first got the sample and thought it was ill so we ended up cutting it that day. Wale heard the song and about 7 hours later he provided the verse.

TMN: Who else do you want to work with or collaborate with in in the future?

SM: Oh yeah many other artists. Um, right now it would be great to collaborate with Drake. We have been listening to his new album (Nothing Was the Same) a lot lately. J. Cole is another one I would really like to work with. Alicia Keys would be great too.

TMN: I know you were born and raised in Sweden, could you tell me more about the music scene back home and any changes that you had to adjust to when coming to America?

SM: Back home there is a lot of pop music and dance. It’s not very common for R&B singers to make it big there. I was just fortunate enough to get that exposure from my parents. They would listen to a lot of different stuff like R&B, soul, reggae, and music from other greats. So growing up, I knew I wanted to create music very similar to that. It’s just that over in America, the market is so much bigger for that.

TMN: So is that what made you venture into the music scene and into R&B?

SM: Yeah. It was my first love for music. In high school, you know, I started to sing more, produce more, write more. Then after high school, I explored more and definitely wanted to move over here (America) to do more of the music I love. Continue reading

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[NEW] Sebastian Mikael – Last Night ft. Wale

Slip N Slide‘s latest artist Sebastian Mikael drops a new gem for our listening enjoyments this week. The single “Last Night” is a laid-back, seductive Lamb and Bigg D production. The singer/song-writer croons over the smooth Al.B Sure 90’s classic “Night and Day” sampled beat, while rightfully bringing in MMG rapper Wale to spit a well crafted verse. The two definitely compliment each other on this track and the buzzworthy R&B single will be featured on Mikael’s upcoming yet-to-titled EP, due out later this Fall.

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Over Your Limit

Sweden-born and Boston bred singer/songwriter Sebastian Mikael is back with a new hit single titled “Over Your Limit”. Singing over some heavy drums and haunting … Continue reading »

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[Soul/R&B] Sebastian Mikael – Take Me Higher

Berklee-trained and soulful newcomer Sebastian Mikael, formerly known as De’Lor, has steady been making his name in the game over the past couple years. Already well known in his native Sweden, Mikael makes an effort to become just as widely successful stateside. After dropping his critically-acclaimed debut mixtape J’Adore in 2011, his single “Beautiful Life” quickly caught the eye and ears of fans and music execs. With his latest track “Take Me Higher”, the newly Vested in Culture signee croons over a soft,  romantic ballad. The Lu Balz produced promo single has the singer/songwriter hitting the falsetto over a 50’s-inspired beat with some synth rhythms as he sings about more than just a physical connection with that one special girl. Great vocals and a throwback vibe give this catchy tune a Bruno Mars-esque appeal and could definitely make this a contender for the Billboard charts. Be sure to check it out below.

’Take Me Higher’
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