Australian music artist & performer Mikey Votano released his second UK single ‘Crazy’ on 21st August via Believe Digital. This was originally performed by Gnarls Barkley and became a global hit! Mikey brings new life to the song in his unique style with an infectious jungle groove, overlaid by spaghetti western guitars alongside screaming vocals and gospel backing.
‘Crazy’ has always had an extra special meaning for me, as I child I was often labelled that in a direct reference to the symptoms of my ADHD & anxiety. Many people suffer from mental illness & all of us have circumstances where we feel similar symptoms, possibly even asking the question, Does that make me crazy? Simply asking that question pretty much guarantees you’re not crazy, I like the idea of taking control of words used against you and that is definitely a large part of the reason why I really enjoyed reworking this track.” MIKEY VOTANO
The video for ‘Crazy’ showcases Mikey’s star potential with a dance sequence and quirky scenes with a rubber duck, toothpaste, spilt milk and cookies! Mikey says “the video was a lot of fun and represents a little of the struggles I & those with similar mental illness feel daily”
A former primary school teacher, Mikey Votano does it all, sings, plays a mean sax & piano, creates authentic arrangements & works the hell out of a room. A serial over thinker, thanks to a mental health condition, though he believes when it comes to music though, the decision is simple – if it feels good, play it & enjoy the hell out of it.
Born in Sydney, to an Italian-Australian family, Mikey is the oldest of 4 with 3 sisters. His childhood was marred by an overly critical upbringing & difficult school life where he was bullied, often in trouble, labelled disruptive & lazy & eventually expelled. In his final months at his second high school Mikey was diagnosed & prescribed medication for ADHD, he also secured a place to study music at the University of NSQ.
Votano grew up the Chuck Berry way, albeit playing saxophone rather than guitar, cutting his teeth in various jazz bands. It was in the clubs, sandwiched on a tiny stage between 20 musicians giving their all for a packed house singing & dancing without care that his love for music & it’s ability to bring joy to all changed everything. He became a musical director for many artists of varying styles.
He tributes his styles of music Mikey loves, swing, soul & rock n’ roll, a collection of vintage sounds & grooves from the 50s & 60s. Last year Mikey, with his band The Originals, released their initial run of five singles. The tracks were recorded live, in a single room, using only pre1955 gear & cut straight to tape in a method recording rarely used since the 50s. A hit with the swing/rock ’n’ roll dancing scene videos began circling of their remakes accompanying dance lessons & gigs from Australia, Argentina, UK, Italy, Canada & the USA.
Mikey also writes original music and from 2015 to 2017 was lead vocalist of Silver Love Club. He toured Australia’s East Coast and performed consecutive years at Toronto’s, Canadian Music Week. Prior to this he worked as a vocalist for The Disney Company where he performed nightly on their flagship, the Disney Fantasy. During this time, he arranged & recorded the album ‘Smile’, a collection of standards & popular tunes reimagined for jazz big band. His track ‘Disney Medley’ is included in numerous Top 10 Disney covers lists & has been performed by bands in Europe, North & South America & Australia.
MIKEY VOTANO ‘CRAZY’ Single Is OUT NOW