The past year or so has put our healthcare professionals through the wringer and then some. So much so it’s either scared people from pursuing that career path or pushed people, even more, to go into the field. For Mike Eon, nursing is something he’s been focused on, and in time – he’ll be on the frontlines helping those in need. For now, he’s studying to get there, and when he isn’t studying, he’s putting every ounce of every passion and energy into his music. Find out how this future nurse, and hip hop’s next big thing balances both, feels onstage, and why peanut butter is so prominent in his rhymes.
Kendra: While it’s only been a couple of years since you started dropping music, you’re ahead of many in terms of production and style. Do you attribute that to being a fast learner, a longtime fan of sound?
Mike Eon: Honestly, I have always loved music, and have been listening to music ever since I was a small kid. I also remember making a couple of songs in my early childhood. Now as an artist, I just listen to the beat and let the flow come naturally. I just have fun and let the instrumental speak to me and I just go with the vibe.
Kendra: Since the release of ‘Bubu’ in 2019, you’ve dropped a couple of other singles. To date, which song do you feel best represents who you are and where you’re going as an artist?
Mike Eon: ‘Bubu’ incorporates a lot of different sounds and flows that I was testing out and just really having fun with as a beginning musician. I will be dropping new music very soon and I think my new album ‘War for Love and Amnesty’ has a particular sound that much better depicts the true artist that I am. So stay tuned!
Kendra: Not only do you have “Peanut Butter Color” but you also mention peanut butter in “Best Friend.” Is peanut butter just a snack you wanted to continuously pay homage to in song?
Mike Eon: Haha when I made “Peanut Butter Color” and “Best Friend” I was really just having fun, I found the instrumental on youtube and when I was listening to it, I just got a very upbeat and melodic vibe. It made me feel good and it just made me think of a beautiful girl with peanut butter color eyes. With “Best Friend” I really don’t know, I think I just like that word and it flowed well. As I said, I let the beat talk and It’s just something that popped up in my head as I was vibing to the beat. I got a very happy and melodic vibe which is reflected in the lyrics.
Kendra: Traditional touring went out the window in March 2020 and even with vaccinations rolling out now, I’m not sure when we’ll get back into venues. However, you took part in some drive-in shows last fall. Did those satisfy your performance cravings or was there something missing from the experience in the grand scheme of things?
Mike Eon: First, how did you know I performed at shows? I will say that it was a great experience for me to perform in front of people for the first time as that has always been my dream and it made me feel like I was actually following my dreams. The energy from the crowd was great the few times that I got to perform and although it wasn’t the biggest crowd I was still happy with it because it has always been my passion to do that and everybody has to start from somewhere. I just trust the process and I know I will make it one day as long as I love what I’m doing and I stay consistent.
Kendra: I do my research! As someone who is a part of the next generation of hip hop, what do you hope you and your fellow up and coming peers can add to the history of the genre?
Mike Eon: We will show that not everything needs to be taken so seriously all the time, and it’s okay to chill out and have fun once in a while. Music is a way for us to express ourselves, be creative and just get lost in our imagination. Nothing ever stays the same and everything is always evolving including music.
Kendra: It’s hard to have a definite answer when it comes to future plans given the current state of everything, but as far as what you can control when it comes to your career and creativity – what do you have planned in the coming months for yourself?
Mike Eon: I’m actually in college right now studying to be a nurse. Although I just very recently found my passion in music I don’t plan on just giving up on school because that’s pretty much what I have been doing my entire life before music. Although nursing isn’t entirely my passion, I still want to finish, get a licensed job so at least I know I can financially support myself and my music career which is my plan now. I will also be making my parents happy because at least they know that all the money that they put towards my education wasn’t a waste.