After recently announcing his debut album Time and sharing its first single “Smile,” Mikky Ekko is back today to share that songs video. Directed by Sarah Chatfield (Lykke Li, Lily Allen), the video is centered around the moment of uncertainty about the future of one you love. It perfectly encapsulates the moment where elements of life are out of your control and you’re left with no option but to embrace the uncertainty, which falls in line with what Mikky told SPIN Magazine was the inspiration behind the song.
The video also comes in advance of Mikky’s November US tour with alt-J, on which he will be performing “Smile” as well as his collaborations with Dave Sitek, Jeff Bhasker, Stargate, Dennis Herring, Clams Casino, Nick Ruth, Justin Parker, Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco – all a part ofTime. Check out the video for “Smile” and all upcoming Mikky Ekko tour dates below.
WATCH: “Smile” – http://smarturl.it/SmileVid
11/10 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
11/11 Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
11/12 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/14 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
11/16 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/18 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
11/19 Washington, DC – Echostage
11/10 – 11/19 with alt-J
About Mikky Ekko and Time:
Praised as a “powerhouse vocalist” (The Fader), Mikky Ekko has been described as a “rising secret star among a tiny cadre of multitalented producers, instrumentalists, and singer-songwriters who are blowing up solely from the genre spanning power of their music” (Nylon). Ekko’s “The kind of artist that is able to balance creative production and arrangement with traditionally well-written music.” (Pigeons & Planes)
Following last summer’s release of his track “Kids” and his first US tour – a run of dates supporting Jessie Ware, Mikky released an EP, featuring songs culled from his performance at iTunes Festival in London when he opened for Justin Timberlake in October last year. Additionally, Ekko co-wrote, produced and was featured in Rihanna’s single “Stay” which became one of the biggest hits of 2013, selling over 10 million tracks worldwide peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Pop Songs chart in the U.S., and earning Ekko a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Collaboration. He also delivered a memorable live performance of the song with Rihanna at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Ekko, a Louisiana native who currently resides in Nashville, co-wrote and is featured on Chris Malinchak’s current single, the disco stormer “Stranger.” Mikky Ekko was recently nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award with David Guetta for “Best Video with a Social Message” for the song “One Voice,” which the two recorded for the United Nations’ “The World Needs More” campaign. Mikky’s music has already been licensed in True Blood, The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange is the New Black, Homeland, and more. Additionally, Mikky is working on several projects with various artists including Zedd, Gwen Stefani, Giorgio Moroder, Rihanna, and others.