Introducing Australian music artist & performer Mikey Votano who released his first UK single ‘Shut Up & Dance’ via Believe Digital. The track is a uniquely clever cover of Walk The Moon’s hit, in a vintage style of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly & blues.
‘Shut Up and Dance’ was recorded in December 2019 and wasn’t intended as the first release. Mikey says “As the world began to change I wanted to do a little something that could bring together my community, who like many have lost jobs, are struggling with the lack of human connection, are suffering from increased mental health concerns and, most devastatingly, who have lost loved ones. A small reminder of times that were & those that will be again once the time is right.”
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.
Check out the track here!