By Randy Economy
I want to interview Mike Tompkins. Who? Mike Tompkins. One of the most incredible, and gifted musicians you have NEVER heard of, unless you follow his wonderment on You Tube, or other "non traditional" outlets. I want ALL my readers to sit back and enjoy this ubber sensation in action. Here is his take on Micheal Jackson's "Pretty Young Thing." All of the sounds you hear in this song, come straight from his mouth. He is a one man music machine, screw American Idol, this guy is in a class all his own.
Here is more about Mike Tompkins, from his website with the same name, www.mike-tompkins.com
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada during the historic tornado on July 31st, 1987, life for Mike Tompkins has been punctuated by memorable events, the most recent of which includes being rocketed to notoriety mixing his talents to create music using only his voice and mouth.
Mike’s novel ‘A Capella’ music has stemmed from over a decade of demanding and diverse musical and production pursuits, starting with beat boxing at the young age of 8.
From musical theatre production in high school, to production, engineering and mixing of numerous albums (Juno award winning artist Shad K’s “The Old Prince”) during post-secondary education at the industry renowned Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, Mike’s resume now includes collaboration as a producer and writer with Timbaland on his most recent Shock Value 3 album set for release in 2011.
The past year’s whirlwind of activities began when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton posted Mike’s cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”/Bruno Mars “Just The Way You Are” quoting him as “Pretty on the eyes and ears” in September 2010, shooting the video to over 2 million views in under a month. This allowed the world to see his talents, which were quickly recognized by Ellen Degeneres and artist/producer Timbaland. This was followed shortly by appearances on The Ellen Show, The Today Show and two trips to Miami to work with Timbaland.
Confident yet amazingly down to earth, Mike’s goal remains to make great music, put a smile on people’s faces, and show his diversity as an artist. With over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and close to 30 million views of his songs, Mike is well on his way to achieving these goals, and it is just the beginning!