by Stephanie L. Carlin
Last Sunday, Mikky Ekko opened for BØRNS with Charlotte Chardin at House of Blues. He played a half-hour set to a completely sold-out concert.
Mikky Ekko is a record producer and singer-songwriter from Shreveport, Louisiana. He started his career with his EP Strange Fruit, in which one of the tracks, “Who Are You, Really?” received traction, appearing on TV shows like True Blood, Pretty Little Liars and The Blacklist. However, his breakthrough came in 2013 when he was featured on a track called “Stay” on Rihanna’s seventh studio album, Unapologetic. The song, originally written by Ekko and Justin Parker, was Ekko’s first-charted song and it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Since then, Ekko has created two studio albums, Time, and the soon-to-be-released Fame.
What was most engaging about Mikky’s performance was just the sheer skill the man has to keep people on their toes. His band was tight enough, but he made it clear from the beginning that they were not the only ones the audience was here to see. His powerful vocals struck the audience and the use of the audio pad only enhanced that with the crowd going absolutely insane with the high notes he delivered. He delivered powerful performances with songs like “Light The Way,” “Not The One,” and “Blood On the Surface.” With lyrics pertaining to the social outcast in everyone, Mikky Ekko had a well-received reaction after he left.
By far, the biggest moment of his set was his finale number. For the last song, he talked to the audience and recognized the song that he believes made his career possible, “Stay.” He sang it with the whole audience, walking onto the floor of the House of Blues to sing to the center of the floor audience. At the end of the song, he thanked the audience for coming out to support him, Charlotte and BØRNS and walked backstage, taking selfies with the audience below.
That. Is. Class.
There’s a lot to be said about getting down at the level of the audience. There’s a lot of performing artists that don’t do it because of the risks it could cause. There are the stereotypical possibilities of broken microphones, the tearing of expensive clothes or just general hysteria that may come with fans. But Mikky clearly trusted the audience from the very beginning. He looked at them, talking to them honestly and making smart choices of how to move and where to go. Going down to the ground floor to take selfies is just a classy move and I commend him for it. Now, more than ever, when there are celebrities that don’t even want to be looked at, it’s nice to know that Mikky Ekko feels lucky and proud to be where he is and hopefully, that mentality can be spread to more and more artists.