Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles 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.