Swingin’ Tokyo: A city of millions of people, crazy intersections, flashing lights, loud sounds, and, this year, the Red Bull Music Academy, and one of its star musicians: Miami native Mickey de Grand IV. He’s an up-and-coming, classically trained musician who’s scoring fans online and IRL for a funky sound he calls “Miami gangster boogie.”
The Red Bull Music Academy is an invite-only, super-aspirational annual affair, where the energy drink giant hand-picks about 60 up-and-coming music producers to work together for two weeks in a happening global city. And this year, one of the coveted tickets went to Mickey–but he almost didn’t make it to Tokyo.
In the face of personal tragedy, the gangster boogie almost stopped forever. But Mickey soldiered on to Tokyo anyways–and found his groove again.
We met up with him at the Red Bull Music Academy to chart his personal journey back to musical triumph. Check it out in the video above.
Editing by Jesse Swinger
Camera by Ingrid Rojas