November 17, 2021, 5:39 PM
“I will never underestimate myself again”
Today (November 17), pop supremo Michael Medrano released his latest single “Personal Heaven”.
The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has steadily built a stack of pop bops with super addicting tracks like “Fluid” and “Sugar”. Most recently, Michael teamed up with AJ Mitchell to co-write the first single from his latest album. Sky View.
We caught up with Michael via email to find out the inspiration for his latest bop, why his favorite Katy Perry deserves better, and the secret to writing TikTok hits (spoiler: don’t try to write a TikTok hit). Read all of this and more after the jump.
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So Michael, tell us about the lyrical inspiration for “Personal Heaven”?
I don’t often write about falling in love (see my previous single: “I don’t want to talk about love”), but when I do, I fall really hard. Sometimes too harsh and that’s kind of the deepest message of this song if you listen carefully. On the surface, however, I was really able to express a softer side of myself and had a lot of fun doing it!
A TIC Tac featuring the song is already gone viral. Is TikTok ever factored into your songwriting process?
To be honest, no, never. I really believe any great song can go viral. I’m not signed and each of my songs has had a moment on TikTok. I think it comes from having fun and being honest in my work. However, it can be very frustrating at times… the app is inconsistent and the record companies are hyper obsessed with TikTok numbers, but in the end I think my music speaks for itself. I mean, I got millions of streams before TikTok so …
You talked about how Katy Perry inspired the production of this single, and I know you’re a huge fan of Katy in general. What do you like so much about his music?
Katy is such a legend and I think she has been treated so unfairly since her Witness time for no good reason. She’s having so much fun in her music and you really hear her personality shining through in everything she does – she’s really the reason I write the way I do now. In high school, I got free tickets to see her on The California Dreams Tour. I remember sitting right in the back and thinking, “This is 100% what I want to do, that’s it” and I never looked back. Justice for Smile by the way, this record is fantastic and I’m glad people are rediscovering it right now.
You co-wrote the first single from AJ Mitchell’s latest album. What did you learn from this experience of writing for another artist?
Frankly? I’ve been taught that I don’t give myself enough credit! AJ and I wrote this song so quickly and effortlessly that I felt like maybe I could have done more during the session. Not only did it become her first single, but it’s also my first single on the charts for several weeks. This was my first time writing with a signed artist and I did it on ONE essay; I will never underestimate myself again. PS. AJ is a really great guy, maybe the best singer I’ve ever worked with. Flux Sky View if you haven’t already.
Your song “Fluids” has become a hit on streaming services. How does it feel to see one of your songs come to life years after its initial release?
It’s crazy actually, this song does NOT stop! I always knew the song was going to change my life, what I didn’t know was that it would propel my growth as an artist YEARS later. I’m starting to understand how Lizzo’s music started to explode 2-3 years after her fall and it’s actually a really cool aspect to release music in the age of streaming and social media – songs don’t get old. more in the same way! I feel way ahead of my time with ‘Fluids’ and I am very proud of it.
What can you reveal about your ‘next project’ and your plans for 2022?
I can tell you that I landed on the track “LoveSexDrugs” and it’s probably going to stick unless I write something amazing at the last minute. I wrote the title song a month after the release of ‘Fluids’ and have been sitting on it for 2 years now. I was also very strategic about the individual choices and the way we deploy the project; it’s a great story that takes you from the highest to the lowest and you learn a lot about my psyche in the process. I think the fans will get to know me and have a lot of fun doing it.
And finally, the internet has become obsessed with the assify same. Do you have any favorites or shots that you would like to share with us?
I packed the boys of Scream and Twitter seems to eat that. I am also very happy that Yassify bot exist.
‘Personal Heaven’ is out everywhere now.