On The Next: Don MyKel

I first came across Don MyKel’s way with words with the release of his visual for ‘Infinite’, from there it was evident that MyKel was someone to watch. It’s been a minute but he’s dropped off his latest tape ‘Infinite’, and it’s something worth listening too. Throughout the eight-track project MyKel shows us that this is a tape you need to breath with and dissect. MyKel introspectively touches on life and the influences round him, whilst giving us lyricism that requires attention. Stream ‘Infinite’ below and let the tracks speak for themselves, you can also get to know Don MyKel that much better.

Photography by @iamstacksphotography

Photography by @iamstacksphotography

What would you like people to know about yourself? 

“I would like people to know that I am an artist for the people, and that everything I create I do so in hopes of affecting someone for the better. Whether it’s simply to provoke thought, inspire or to motivate. Every time I speak I want to move people. I want to spark conversation within yourselves and amongst others. I want people to question things after listening to my music. Question me, yourself, those around you, the world around. Question the system you live in and are a part of. Question your own perception and the mass perceptions we become accustom to. My music is just an honest search for truth. It should drive listeners to find their own truths, and not accept what we’re being spoon fed.”

If you could choose a film and track that describes you, what would they be? 

“The Matrix, I being Neo of course. Pac, Me Against The World.”

Why do you create?

“I create out of necessity. In order to find myself and become who I’m supposed to be, I must create to channel my inner spirit. Creating forces me to dig deep and reveal my most concealed thoughts, emotions and views. I create to express myself when simple speech cannot. I create to pass time. I create to stop time, and focus only on the present moment. I create to travel through times; to reminisce on the past and to predict the future. I create in hopes of building a plateau I can stand on proudly and use to uplift other creatives around me. That rhymed by accident.”

Name the one place where you feel most creative? 

“In my home. Whether it is where I’m living at the time or where I’ve once lived. Just walking through the streets of my old blocks inspires me to create. But by far the most creative space for me is my bed. I guess that feeling of comfortability leaves me completely vulnerable to creating.”

What accumulation of influences made you the artist that you are now?

“My family for sure. My father who was an artist and producer. My mother who was a poet and singer. My uncle who is an artist. My aunt who is an artist and producer. They are my first musical influences who helped cultivate my artistry. Aside from them are the artists I’ve idolized growing up such as [2] Pac, [Jay-Z], Nas, [Big] Pun, [J.] Cole, Lupe [Fiasco], [Lil] Wayne etc. But then there are also my life experiences that have influenced my artistry. Even my 9th grade English teacher Mr. Ricart who saw talent in me and always pushed me to be great.”

You can stream Don MyKel’s latest tape ‘Infinite’ below.

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Choose any era you like - what would you bring back from that time? 

“I’d bring back the slang from the 60’s and early 70’s. The way they spoke back then had a swing to it. It was fast paced and the words they used to describe shit was ill.” 

What would you like to see next for your career? 

“I juss want to see the whole world tuned in to my messages. I want to see my music have an affect on the youth of today from all across the globe. From there I would like to push my artistry past the boundaries of other mediums, such as film etc.”

Photography by @iamstacksphotography

Photography by @iamstacksphotography

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With a tape like ‘Infinite’ it’s clear that Don MyKel is going to be around for a minute, so you don’t want to miss out on what’s next to come from the young Harlemite artist. You can stay in the know by following MyKel on Twitter and Insta’, you can also check out his previous work on SoundCloud