M! chooses to not go by his given name. Rather, he uses the lettered exclamation as a moniker for his androgynous pop-singer performer-self.
“It’s almost like a symbol, but you can also pronounce it. It’s Mhmm,” he says, drawing out the sound in a mimic of the yoga chant “om.”
“I really love the vibration of it.”
The basics: M! is a Fresno-based pop artist whose performances are heavy with bright costumes, dramatic wigs and heartfelt body movements. Musically, M! is rooted in piano-driven singer songwriting, with clear influences from Coldplay (and singer Chris Martin, in particular).
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Releases: M! released “Let’s Get Drunk Anyway,” his first single, with a lyric video earlier this month. His debut EP, “This is M!,” will be released Thursday, Oct. 29, in conjunction with a video premiere party at Fulton 55.
Affiliations: For the release, M! teamed up with Studio 707 and Jukebawks, a local producer mostly known for his work with hip-hop artists such as Fashawn, Sahab and Zee Will. For guidance on vocal delivery, he looked to vocal coach Debi Ruud at The Voice Shop in Fresno’s Tower District.
Find out more: You can follow M! online (officialm.com) or on Facebook (Facebook.com/mthemyth) Twitter, (@m_the_myth) or Instagram (@m_the_myth). Hear more music from M! on his Soundcloud page. (Soundcloud.com/mthemyth)