Mishka to release Talk About
Named 2009’s Best New Artist by digital music leader, iTunes, j.k. livin artist Mishka releases his new album, “Talk About,” on March 30th 2010. Mega-producer Butch Walker (Pete Yorn, Pink, Fall Out Boy) infuses some of his mainstream melodies on two of the tracks on the much-anticipated sophomore album.
Title: Talk About
Release date: 03/30/10
Label: j.k livin records
Buy at: Amazon
Setting the tone for the self-described “album of movement,” the lead single “Bittersweet” began as a studio experiment before evolving into a musical space that surprised even its creator. “When I brought the song to the band it was extremely raw—just a few chords and a couple lyrics played at a modest tempo,” says Mishka. “But as we started jamming on it, it started to move into an up-tempo track like I’ve never recorded before—a place, musically, that is brand new to me.”
Two of the tracks on “Talk About”, “Stars Will Be Shining” and album opener “Give Them Love,” are the product of collaboration with super producer Butch Walker. The pair was introduced by label owner, album co-producer, and Hollywood icon Matthew McConaughey.
“This is an album of movement—of stepping outside the box of traditional folk-reggae and adding a real mainstream rock influence,” says Mishka. “Butch works fast—he works efficiently—and he knows how to cultivate those rock tones in the artists he works with.”
The album’s 13 tracks span a distinct ebb-and-flow, from the fast paced and up-beat first half to a more mellow and introspective second half. “In the days of the LP, this would definitely be an A-side/B-side type record,” Mishka commented.
The title track, “Talk About,” explores the imbalance of words versus action—a lyrical theme that runs through much of Mishka’s work. “People make statements about love, equality, and peace and then try to measure their quantity in instant gratification,” he explains. “Whereas those things are really about a long-term way of life where all your actions—not words—add up.”
Mishka’s 2009 release, “Above the Bones,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts last February and was followed by an exhaustive world tour. Mishka then provided the soundtrack for summer with two features of his soulful island melodies: a music video for the title track, featuring the iconic Venice Beach Boardwalk, that premiered across the Yahoo! Entertainment network in June, and a selection by Starbucks Entertainment and iTunes for their music discovery program, “Pick of the Week,” that was available at Starbucks locations nationwide.
Mishka is an authentic musician in an underrepresented genre with an incredible story—from growing up on a boat in Bermuda to having one of film’s most iconic figures, Matthew McConaughey, start his own record label exclusively for his music. Mishka's 2009 release, “Above the Bones,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, and Mishka was named 2009’s Best New Artist by iTunes in the Singer/Songwriter category.
McConaughey first became familiar with Mishka on New Years Eve of 2000 after he had been up for three straight days and was still unable to sleep. When Mishka’s music came on downstairs that night, McConaughey admits he “slept like a baby for 5 straight hours” and was immediately hooked to Mishka’s comfort-inducing, soulful melodies. McConaughey became a man on a mission, determined to track down the artist was behind the “soundtrack of his life,” and searched for Mishka for almost five years before finally catching him at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. McConaughey made a quick phone call to his lawyer upon meeting Mishka and officially created the j.k. livin record label to release Mishka’s music to the masses.
"Talk About" by Mishka - release date: 03/30/10..