Unapologetically dedicated to his performance, striking and emotionally captivating, the sassy West Londoner has perfected this current chapter of his art. His confidence in pushing the boundaries of forward-thinking pop and R&B, whilst his lyrical craft is partnered with charming melodies and rich vocals, delivers an altogether empowering message.
Rollin follows the release of his debut EP, The Deal – which landed #8 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts – and showcases Jean-Mikhael’s ability to effortlessly bridge the gap between pop, R&B and hip-hop.
Produced by Craig Maru and written with ItsHaloMusic – who collaborates with writers who’ve worked on Bieber, MJ, Cardi B, 21 Savage, Ella Eyre) – vocal engineered by Akara Etteh (Roses Gabor, Mickey Lightfoot), and mixed/mastered by DJ Turkish (Awate, KSI, Sway, Sam Garrett), the track is about meeting someone and having an instant connection with them, but it goes further than just having fun and enjoying the ride, as Jean-Mikhael explains further,
“Rollin means a lot of things to me. I had to read the lyrics and listen to the song a few times after I recorded it because I found deeper meaning to what I had recorded. It comes across as a fun tune which is true but also it takes on what society and my generation today is like when we are in relationships or as some say situationships.
“We aren’t always so serious and we lose honesty sometimes when it comes to communication and letting someone know our feelings or what the stance is with our relationship. I think people are afraid to express that they want just sex, a good time, fun, to live life, to not have a commitment and on the other hand afraid to say they want commitment. I think the lyrics are words people want to say to each other but are finding it hard to build the courage to say it. It’s a song of expression and no boundaries.”
Brought up on a diet of music – which includes artists such as Al-Green, Alicia Keys, and Destiny’s Child – his mother and sister have always been a huge creative inspiration for the 23 year old, which was really thrust ahead when, at the age of 14, it was suggested to Jean-Mikhael by his mother that he should start writing one song every week. He did so with huge dedication, which quickly developed into a talent, not just in music, but also in dance, acting, modelling and fashion, even landing himself a fashion shoot for Teen Vogue.
Jean-Mikhael’s love of fashion can be seen in the video for Rollin, directed by Luke Biggins (Stefflon Don, Wstrn, Louisa, Wretch, Skepta) and Gabriella Kingsley (Offset, SBTV, Mist, Dappy, & many of Luke Biggins‘ projects).