Mikky Ekko w/ Transviolet

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 8:00 PM @ Vinyl

Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets are $15.

Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm on the day of the show.

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One night last November, Mikky Ekko was sitting on the riverbank near the London home of one of his songwriting collaborators, Fraser T. Smith. The two were drinking tequila and playing around with some chords when the lyrics to a special song began pouring out: “Time,” which is now the title track to Ekko’s upcoming debut album. “There's an honesty and a simplicity to it that I’m really proud of,” Ekko says of the ballad, which features just acoustic guitar, strings, and Ekko’s soaring vocal. “I was trying to find a way to say, ‘No matter what happens I'll be there for you, even if you only want me for tonight.’”
The song is especially significant to Ekko, coming as it does after the multi-platinum success of “Stay,” a stark piano ballad he had co-written during a particularly vulnerable time in his life. “‘Stay’ is beautiful, but I didn't know what was happening when I wrote it,” he says. “It happened through me. I was just a vessel for it. But ‘Time’ I manifested into being.” Of course “Stay” was recorded by Rihanna (featuring and co-produced by Ekko) and went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2013. It sold over ten million tracks worldwide, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart, and earned Ekko a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Collaboration. He also delivered a memorable live performance of the song with Rihanna at the 2013 Grammy Awards. .
At the time of the Grammys, the Nashville-based Ekko had one independently released EP and a handful of left-of-center singles under his belt, including “Pull Me Down,” written and produced with elusive sonic collagist and hip-hop producer Clams Casino (A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd), which earned him attention from tastemaker media like Spin, Pitchfork, and the U.K.’s Dazed and Confused. Prior to that, in 2011, Ekko was a virtual unknown whose obvious songwriting talent and otherworldly voice had earned him opportunities to spend time in London and Los Angeles working with several A-list songwriters and producers, including his “Stay” co-writer Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Sia), Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Sam Smith), Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and Jim Eliot (Ellie Goulding). Once “Stay” became a worldwide hit, things kicked into overdrive. Since then, Ekko has had his songs “Place For Us” and “We Remain” (which he wrote with Ryan Tedder for Christina Aguilera) appear on The Hunger Games soundtrack. He co-wrote and is featured on Chris Malinchak’s current single, the disco stormer “Stranger.” In August, Ekko was nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award with David Guetta for “Best Video with a Social Message” for the song “One Voice,” which the two recorded for the United Nations’ “The World Needs More” campaign. He is also highly in-demand as a collaborator and has been in the studio writing with and for Lil Wayne, Gwen Stefani, Zedd, Jessie Ware, Giorgio Moroder, Rudimental, Major Lazer, and Lupe Fiasco.

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