Mika Ella

FRESH: ‘Take It Or Leave It’ – Mika Ella

Mika Ella goes retro with “Take It Or Leave It”!

by Christopher Smith

Mika Ella (a wordplay of her real name Mihaela) goes for an 80’s retro sound for her single “Take It Or Leave It”. Mika says: “my personality is sparkly and passionate. I like to say that I’m an emotional fighter. I love to laugh and joke, I’m not embarrassed to show emotions. That’s me. So, “Take It Or Leave It!”

Mika was born and raised in Croatia, with Hungarian roots, She loves to say that she is ‘Croatian Hungarian’, but she would be the happiest person in the world if everyone would and could just call themselves – humans. Mika was born on a Saturday and Saturday is, of course a disco night out! Her music career started in 1999 when she published her first single as the lead singer and co-writer of a dance music project called Matrix.

Matrix released three albums and fifteen singles in Croatia, most of which topped the local charts and won festival awards. Seven singles were No.1 on the Croatian national chart at the time. They also had two singles released in Poland by Warner Music. On all the projects, Mika worked with her longtime partner in business and life, Chris Hurts. Matrix toured most of Croatia and Slovenia, but also Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Mika tells us about her love of music: “I always felt I should sing in English and share my talent and love for music with the whole world. But sometimes, life takes you away from your dreams and you just need to survive through the hard times. When the right moment comes, life brings you back home”.

“In my case, home is music. So after many years, I got back home, to music, singing, and writing. My beautiful childhood was interrupted by war, which scarred me forever in many ways”. “I strongly believe in freedom, love, and dignity of every human being. I’m very passionate about human rights and involved in activism, helping people in need to protest against social injustice. While protesting, I was arrested for a few times! In my early twenties, for a couple of years, I worked for the UN. My beliefs are strong and passionate, and I live my life according to them. I also write poetry, love flowers and animals. I have three dogs, two of them were abandoned so I adopted them” she adds.

For more about Mika, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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