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Local talent (wait scratch that) Superstar Mike Bars is not afraid to speak his mind on his newest single Laugh Now Cry Later Remix . Oh and the video for it well let just say it was filmed and edited by himself, ya i know read that again. There is a reason this man just celebrated 10 million plus plays on youtube alone. As someone who is from the city of Portland , it makes me proud that Mike Bars is from here as well. This man may have started gaining traction with "stunt double" 8 plus years ago, but since then he only went viral time after time after time again. So with great pleasure i had a chance to talk with the man himself



Q:

What was the inspiration to this song?


A:

Isolation. Point blank. I feel like most people move through their whole lives without really knowing themselves. When you’re alone for a long time, you have to find out who you are outside what other people think or want for you. I think moving out to the coast, and being completely alone really gave me a lot of insight, not only into myself, but into how painful it is to find out you don’t actually know who you are. Most people will do anything to avoid that feeling. When people’s lives suddenly depend on being isolated, everyone is finding ways to tell themselves that Covid isn’t a big deal - because when you’re alone, you have to finally look in the mirror, and all that bullshit you’ve been stuffing down your whole life comes to the surface. That’s where the “Ain’t obvious?/ You should be home, but you do not know what a hobby is/ You just wanna know where the party is/ who are you without an audience?” comes from.



Q:

You mentioned a bunch of good points and beliefs on this track. But if the Listener was only able to take away one from this track, What would you hope that was?


A:

Self awareness. There are lots of people who deny the problems of the world even exist for one simple reason: it’s convenient. It takes a lot of work to become self aware and to stay that way, and it’s not fun - because we’re all a little full of shit. I know I definitely am. But when you’re self aware, it gets a lot harder to lie to yourself. A person who can’t recognize their own bias or rationalization is going to gravitate towards whatever makes them feel safe - whatever is convenient. If people spent more time alone, they would have no choice but to become more self aware, and I think it would be a lot harder for people to deny things that are inconvenient for them, like Covid or systemic racism.


Q: What have you been doing to keep busy as an artist during covid?


A:

I took a lot of time getting to know who the fuck I am again, but now it’s back to the grind. I probably spend way too much time writing, making beats and editing videos. Haha. I just stayed up 48 hours editing and shit. I’m dead. When I’m not doing that, I’m probably watching 80s horror movies or working out in this lil home gym I made. With everything going on the world, I definitely can’t complain.


Q:

I know you have made it very clear about covid and we're you stand with it.. but When it's safe, are you eager to get back in stage?


A:

It’s gonna be weird, for sure! I’m excited to interact with the fans again. I’ve gotten used to isolation though, so it will be super strange being out in the world again. I can’t wait!


Q:

What is the crazy interaction you can recall having had with a fan?


A:

Oh man…the list is way too long. I could write you a book. Haha. I don’t think I could give you just one. There’s been 5 or 6 fan tattoos now - I remember freaking out the first time I saw one. But it was pretty dope people feel that strongly about the music. There’s also been some really really scary shit. There’s a few fans who will send me fan mail of….um…personal items…I won’t go into detail there. Others who blow up my inbox every day for years at a time and seem to be convinced they are in relationships with me. I had a fan send me hate mail after a show once because I didn’t have time to smoke with him after that show. It goes on and on.


Q:

Over time You have stacked up alot of plays. What video are project that you released are you most proud of?


A:

It’s been a wild ride for sure! That’s really hard to say. I think the videos for “Up To No Good” and “Oh!” Are both videos I look back on that I still can’t believe I was apart of. If only people knew the work that went in to making these - we almost died multiple times on “Oh!”. Literally. Scary shit. It was totally worth it though.


Q:

Can we expect more tree house gang soon?


A:

Oh hell yeah! We’ve been working on an album since like 2015. We have all these songs stacked up that just need to be mixed and mastered. We have even more we still wanna make. A couple videos in the can already too! I’m excited to get back out there with the squad. For now though, Scooter Rogers is dropping a solo project this month… “J.O.Y. 2: The World” on January 28th. It’s gonna be crazy.


Q:

What are some of your all time favorite artist?


A:

J. Cole has probably been consistently at the top since he dropped “The Warm Up” mixtape in 09. I don’t become of a fan of artists that easily. Ludacris and Krayzie Bone were probably two of my biggest influences growing up. I’m a big fan of The Game, and Eminem too. All them dudes shaped me as an artist.


Q:

What is your dream collab?


A:

Nate Dogg, without question. I’m still heartbroken he’s gone.That collab would have been so crazy back in the day haha.


Q:

If you can give advice to artist trying to make a splash what would that advice be?


A:

It’s sad, but people usually care less about your music than they do about your branding. I think a lot of upcoming artists have no idea how to utilize the unlimited power of the internet, or how to take marketing and branding their music into their own hands. But that’s probably the biggest step to turning this shit into a career. So many insanely talented artists get slept on because they don’t know how to make people listen to them.


Q:

What's next for Mike Bars?


A:

I’ve been working on my next solo album, “NVMD”. It’s very different than what people are used to from me. The album’s a lot deeper and more introspective than anything I’ve ever done. People will really get a look inside everything I have learned in therapy about myself over the years, and I think the ways people will be able to relate is going to be crazy. There’s a lot in there about trauma and relationships. I’m really amped to start being more transparent and vulnerable in music, and hopefully be able to help someone out there who really needs it.


If you like what you heard from mike bars peep his bio below and follow him on his social medias


Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/mikebars

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/whoismikebars/

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNDWIAWU8QcpcQ0luuhl9MA

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6KdCg1LubhVj6PWRFcty69?si=DhZtP9JkRG28y7WeeD1hGg


Bio


Born and raised in a quiet neighborhood in Portland, Oregon - Mike Bars has never fit the mold you might expect from a hard core rapper. With songs sometimes playing out like a murder fantasy, the PNW native's sleepy upbrinding might come as a surprise to some


In his early teens, Mike began to spiral down a bad path, being forced to switch schools and enter counseling after being diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety Disorder and PTSD - but it wasn't until he ditched the pills that he discovered his own remedy: Music


Falling in love with the lyrical aspect of HIP HOP, combined with his love for melodies, Mike got his hands on a mic, an MPS , and a video camera, quickly transforming into an entertainment machine.


Word spread fast. becoming notorious for his outlandish and unorthodox image, he began gaining some attention from his homemade music videos and booking shows with artists like T-Pain, Bone Thugs-N-Harmoney , Three 6 mafia , Hopsin , , Dizzy Wright and Twista.


But It wasn't until 2013 (after forming Treehouse Gang with Karess Tha Mc) that mike began receiving worldwide recognition for his mixtape, 16 bars. His self - directed/edited music video for the tape's single There Will Be Blood (feat . SwizZz_, has now racked up over 5 million views on YouTube .


5 years later, Mike releases his new 8 song EP, Desperate Measures with his leading single Up To No Good feat. Jarren Benton (which has already racked up over two million views on YouTube).









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