PREMIERE: Mike Watson Releases New Acoustic Take Of Katy Perry’s “Firework”

With three original singles under his belt and over 1 million streams (with strong Spotify support including New Music Fridays across Europe) Mike Watson is releasing his fourth single ‘Firework’ – a soulful electronica interpretation of Katy Perry’s 2010 hit. As with his YouTube covers, Firework was produced by Mike’s manager Joe McGairl, mixed by Adrian Hall (Robbie Williams, Plan B, Amber Run) and is a nod to his YouTube fans who have been clamouring for Mike to record a full-length cover for more than two years.

“I’ve been uploading short covers on YouTube for the past couple of years alongside my own music,” explains Mike. “They’re usually 1-minute versions of new releases that catch my ear on a Friday morning.  My YouTube subscribers are always asking me to record a full-length cover song, so here it is!  I love the lyrical sentiment of Firework and felt I could give it a different feel and emotion to the original.”

London based Mike Watson is a Manchester boy at heart, born in the city but spending his formative years in both the States and Thailand. A born performer, he has spent his entire life singing and playing music.

An accomplished guitarist, drummer and songwriter, Mike took his first professional steps towards a recording career when he joined the band The United, with whom he achieved a #1 single in Japan and sold out tours across Europe and Asia. With extensive TV, radio and press coverage, Mike experienced first-hand the fan hysteria associated with pop success, walking away from the project more determined to achieve the same acclaim on his own terms.

Fully bitten by the performance bug, Mike knew he had to collaborate with key writers and producers and joined up with the teams behind Kaiser Chiefs and Little Mix to craft a sound that was distinctively his own. While he spent time writing and recording, he road-tested his new material on support tours for Maroon 5, Nick Gardner and Magic! across Europe.

After launching a YouTube channel to re-engage with the fans of his former band, Mike soon found himself winning over an army of new ones with his heartfelt, compelling 1-minute covers, including none other than Anne Marie and Martin Solveig, who have both tweeted their love of his stripped back versions.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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