The majority of Audrey MiKa's fans found her on YouTube, where her covers of Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish have captured attention and earned her channel tens of millions of views and more than a million subscribers. Her unique recording methods like using a toy microphone, have gained her praise for originality in an otherwise endless void of similar song covers. MiKa's passion is songwriting, though, and she's somehow found the time to put out a wealth of original content in addition to her hit covers.
MiKa's first full-length project, Are We There Yet, came out in September 2018, and was quickly followed by her second, Level Up, in February 2019. The latter, recorded entirely on GarageBand, is anchored in traditionally bedroom-pop styles, like low-passed frequencies and tinny backing kits. MiKa brings a theatricality to the project, though, that unwinds the DIY narrative and puts her songs in conversation with the best of the current Top 40 pop and R&B landscapes. "Freestyle Like Jhene Aiko but Def Not As Good" is a great example of her playfulness that's not yet been muddled by major label trappings, in addition to showcasing five-star vocals — bird chirps and all.
Before she starts playing on your radio, PAPER sat down with the rising star to get her take on her recording and writing process so far. From meeting Billie Eilish to writing new material and approaching her new fanbase, Audrey MiKa is here to tell all.