Mike Waters ist ein ungewöhnlicher Musiker. Jahrelang ging er unentdeckt einer ganz und gar normalen Tätigkeit nach. Dann spülte ihn das Leben vor fünf Jahren von Adelaide nach Melbourne und mitten hinein in die kreative Szene. Animiert von soviel Künstlergeist traute er sich, seiner Leidenschaft für Musik nachzugeben. Allerdings nur nachts, still und heimlich. Die Songs für sein erstes Album hat Mike über Monate unter der Bettdecke komponiert. Eines Tages kam er damit ans Tageslicht gekrabbelt – und hat die Melbourner Musikszene ziemlich von den Stühlen geboxt. Vor ein paar Wochen hat Mike sein erstes Konzert in Berlin gegeben. Sarah war da und hellauf begeistert. Den muss man auf dem Schirm behalten, finden wir beide. Uns hat Mike verraten, wie schwer es ihm am Anfang gefallen ist, vor Publikum zu singen, wie es sich überhaupt anfühlt, auf großer Bühne zu performen und warum Melbourne der Himmel auf Erden ist.
When do you start singing?
It differs every day! On a normal day I would sing in the shower in the morning. I'm always singing something. I normally try and do a proper warmup about half an hour before I need my voice though.
Oh man, I have so many favourite songs. At the moment I think Cherry Wine by Hozier. That song is just beautiful.
How do you feel when you're on stage?
Being on stage is always a really great feeling. I'm always nervous beforehand but once I'm up there and singing I get really lost in it, and I'm just so grateful that I get the opportunity to do it. I used to be really terrified to song in front of people. The first few times I performed I was shaking so hard I couldn't control my voice, but as time goes on I've found a real peace on stage. It's comfortable.
Your craziest tour story?
I really don't have any of these yet! There was one time when my manager left his keys in a taxi when we got out at the airport, and another on the same tour when we missed our flight, but usually when I'm on tour it's actually quite a lot of work, so I don't party like a maniac. At least not yet. Ask me again in a few years!
What do you like about being on tour?
I just love performing in different places. There's always this moment when I'm on stage and it hits me that I'm a long way from home doing what I love. Nothing beats that feeling.
And what do you absolutely hate about being away?
Haha, well I'm actually quite a homebody, so I just miss being at home. I moved to Melbourne from Adelaide about 5 years ago and I finally have that sense of "home" in the place I'm in at the moment. Also I miss making my own tea the way I like it.
What is Melbourne like for you?
Melbourne is a really special city with a lot going on creatively. Before I moved to Melbourne I never envisaged being able to spend my life in the creative arts, but this city and the wonderful people in it have opened my eyes to a whole new existence, and opened a lot of doors for me in so many areas. I really feel at home here, like I fit in, in a way that I never did before.
Second favourite city in the world?
I haven't been to that many cities, but I think that would have to be London. I really love what London is about.
Where would you love to give a concert one day?
I want to play my own show at The Toff here in Melbourne one day. I mean, I could probably do that quite easily, but I just haven't had the chance yet . It's one of my favourite venues here! Outside of that, I don't honestly know that many venues, but it would be amazing to play a stadium show.
I never go abroad without my...
A person you would love to sing a duet with?
Taylor Swift, of course.
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