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  • MIKE TOMPKINS I hope out of this collaboration that we create something awesome and something

  • entertaining for everybody. MIKE SONG This is a unique experience for me because I feel

  • like I m doing something that I normally do, but pairing it with him kind of just changes

  • everything. I definitely want the viewers to just, after watching it, to know that that's

  • something they've never seen before. MIKE TOMPKINS I'm excited to just to to get going.

  • MIKE SONG My name is Mike and I am a dancer choreographer. I guess if you had to narrow

  • it down to where I get my inspiration from, you wouldn't be able to actually. You wouldn't

  • be able to narrow it down (LAUGHS). The best inspiration just comes from the most

  • unexpected places. I've been inspired by things like cartoons, anime, sports, video games,

  • a lot of nerdy things actually. Like video games and cartoons have been a huge inspiration

  • to my my dancing. I'm obsessed with these things and dance is just my way to channel

  • these inspirations in the only way that I know how to channel it out. MIKE TOMPKINS

  • (SINGS) My name is Mike Tompkins. I am a acapella musician slash video artist. At this

  • point I've been making cover songs and my goal has been to kind of make these songs

  • sound as close to the original songs with no instruments, just using my voice, mouth,

  • hands, chest, whatever. (SINGS) I was eight when I heard my brother beat boxing for the

  • first time. I thought it was really cool and I started doing it and then I would I was

  • really into Lego as a kids so I would I would be building Lego and like beat boxing and

  • it was like literally hours of building Lego and beat boxing. And for some reason it just

  • that was what I did. The first song I ever did was Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus' song

  • and to me it was like I had this idea to to make these songs with just my voice and

  • my mouth. It really wasn't supposed to be a song, cause it was like a song. It was supposed

  • to be like one video and I was like this this will be funny and see if my friends like it.

  • It was supposed to be more or less just a joke. But after that it started to kind

  • of like pick up speed and people were like, people who weren't my friends were really

  • really liking it and ah (about) my fourth video (in) it went viral. MIKE SONG When I

  • found out that I was being paired with Mike Tompkins, I looked him up and I was I was

  • blown away, first off. I'd never seen anything like that. I'd never seen, I've heard of beat

  • boxers but I never heard beat boxers I guess compile songs to that much detail and sing

  • them. That was something that really stood out to me. He literally labels it, he goes

  • like snare (SOUND EFFECT) you know. He's doing the bass (SOUND EFFECT) you know. And that's

  • kind of exactly what I do with dance. I wanna just be like a iTunes visualizer and

  • and show what the music looks like and, so that even if you heard the song I would be

  • able to show you hey, this is the this is the cymbal, this is the snare, this is the

  • melody of the piano. And he's doing the exact same thing actually. MIKE TOMPKINS Mike Song,

  • I saw one of his videos, it was him doing this dance to this Nintendo thing and I was

  • freaking out when I saw it. He just has such a cool, unique style that I've never really

  • seen in anybody before. Working with Mike Song will definitely inspire me and and I

  • hope working with me inspires him. MIKE TOMPKINS Dude [What s up, man?] MIKE SONG [What s up,

  • man?] How are you dude? MIKE TOMPKINS Nice to meet you, man. MIKE SONG Yeah, likewise

  • brother. MIKE TOMPKINS Yes, I'm a big fan. [You you do great stuff.] MIKE SONG [Oh, likewise,

  • man. Totally bro.] MIKE TOMPKINS I saw, a while ago I saw your Nintendo ah thing that

  • did. MIKE SONG [Ah you did] MIKE TOMPKINS [That was so dope.] MIKE SONG [Oh dude (UNINTELLIGIBLE)]

  • MIKE TOMPKINS I was freaking out when I saw you, you were doing this thing. And I was

  • like, this kid is crazy. MIKE SONG Word. Yeah, likewise, dude, I've been looking at a bunch

  • of your videos, man. I saw your performance on Ellen. MIKE TOMPKINS Thanks, yeah. MIKE

  • SONG That was crazy. All your videos were pretty, I'm just tripped out by the fact that

  • you can just do the whole song by yourself. I've never seen that before. MIKE TOMPKINS

  • So you do like, I was watching some of your videos and you like a lot of like Dubstep

  • stuff [and stuff.] MIKE SONG [Yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah.] MIKE TOMPKINS That s crazy. I've

  • never done Dubstep before. MIKE SONG Yeah. MIKE TOMPKINS So ah, but I've really

  • wanted to start getting into Dubstep. MIKE SONG Dope, man. MIKE TOMPKINS I kinda have

  • this idea, ah where um this song kind of like starts off kind of like chill and like smooth.

  • I ll play it here [for you and see what you, see what you think.] MIKE SONG [Ah dope, man.]

  • MIKE TOMPKINS I saw his one video and it had ah, it was kind of like a chill beginning

  • and then it would just like bust out in this crazy like Dubstep stuff and he was going

  • wild. So I kinda had that in my head as I was making the song. So um when I presented

  • it to him I just kind of explained and this is what my my thoughts were when I was creating

  • this song. I had, I was creating this song with you in mind. MIKE SONG Wooooh. When I

  • first head the song, you know in the beginning it was really chill. Vocals come in, I m like

  • okay, this is nice, you know. And then right when it gets to the drop and he started

  • throwing out all the (SINGS), that sounds like dope. Ooooh, ahhh. Dude, that was dope,

  • man. MIKE TOMPKINS Can you do something with that? MIKE SONG Hell yeah. Hey I m excited.

  • So now we just gotta put together a co-lab performance. MIKE TOMPKINS Yeah. He went into

  • explain his like his idea, which was like completely something that I never really even

  • thought about. MIKE SONG I'm like the cartoon guy going inside, if I had to like go inside

  • the screen and I'm like trapped inside, there s like a different plane. I'm on the base,

  • you know I'm like going through. MIKE TOMPKINS That s awesome. MIKE SONG And it's like you're

  • like recording your voice into it or something I guess. MIKE TOMPKINS Yeah. He's like I wanna

  • layer myself too. So it's like I'm walking and I'm kind of like going through like almost

  • like different portals, different space, which I thought was crazy. I would never have

  • even thought about that. MIKE SONG I could even just like break through the wall once

  • and it's like MIKE TOMPKINS [Yeah, yeah yeah yeah.] MIKE SONG cause it feels like that

  • the most, you know. MIKE TOMPKINS Just smash through, yeah yeah. MIKE SONG Just like aghhh

  • (SOUND EFFECTS) and they just [come alive. Boom, and just melts me kind of a feel.] MIKE

  • TOMPKINS [Yeah, yeah.] MIKE SONG Through the shapes is like open up, what s that, oh my

  • gosh, the beat kicks in. MIKE TOMPKINS That's dope. MIKE SONG Then I m like oooh, there

  • s a beat to play with, you know. MIKE TOMPKINS Yeah. MIKE SONG And then once I'm like chillin

  • with this, there s a ooh, what s that one? And this can be like the biggest one. MIKE

  • TOMPKINS Yes. MIKE SONG The first moment that I recognized male dancing to be cool, it was

  • an episode of 90210 when David Silver, it was at a spring dance and David Silver

  • did just splits at the dance. And I just remembered thinking to myself, I didn't tell my sisters

  • or anybody, I just thought that was pretty cool. And every since then that was when

  • I started thinking oh guys, it s cool if guys dance too. I did a routine with my friends

  • in high school and that was the first time my parents had ever seen me perform. Wooooh.

  • To get that moment of approval from my parents was a pivotal moment in my life. MIKE TOMPKINS

  • (SINGS) I go through times where I am just creatively like dry, I guess like that's the

  • only way I can really explain it as. Um it's tough. It s probably the hardest times of

  • my life really to to go through. You know I don t feel like I can do what I love to

  • do most. Even today I still kind of struggle with confidence in in my own you know singing

  • ability or producing ability or whatever. I think anybody creative you know struggles

  • with with confidence issues. MIKE SONG I'm the weird one of the crowd and Mike Tompkins is

  • the weird one of the crowd and it's kind of like two odd balls of their respective worlds

  • coming together to make a super odd ball performance. (TOMPKINS AND SONG DANCING) MIKE SONG Fun.

  • MIKE TOMPKINS That was good. Let s do it. MIKE SONG Yeah. MIKE TOMPKINS Let's go. MIKE TOMPKINS

  • The thing that excites me the most about this upcoming performance is just the energy I

  • know is is gonna be there. Having Mike alongside with me on stage, it's gonna give me energy

  • and I hope that I give him energy. I'm really excited about the next steps forward. MIKE

  • SONG Ten years ago I would've never have imagined to be sitting here and be working on a collaborative

  • performance hand in hand with a musician. MIKE TOMPKINS Mike s whole vibe really like

  • just influenced the song in in a huge way, you know he has such a unique style. Connecting

  • with Mike was just something that really inspired a unique style of music for me, a new thing

  • that I've never really done before. I feel like this experience has really taken me out

  • of a period in my life where I've kind of like felt a little uninspired and I'm just

  • really excited to to move forward. MIKE SONG I think it's awesome that this show is creating

  • a platform for dancers to be showcased as artists as opposed to being an accessory to

  • an artist. Because all my life my vision of a dancer was just the highest point that could

  • be reached would be to be behind an behind another artist, which is cool too, but it's

  • just, you know in my mind I had just never even though of a the dancer being at the forefront.

  • The journey to become one.

MIKE TOMPKINS I hope out of this collaboration that we create something awesome and something

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A2 dope dubstep kind beat sings performance

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2013/10/10
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