Mikey Wax Talks Upcoming Tour Plans and Musical Inspiration

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You may know him from hearing his tracks on hit television shows including So You Think You Can Dance or Pretty Little Liars, but singer and songwriter, Mikey Wax, has been spending the past few months making his way to the top of the music scene.

Mikey Wax is hitting yet ANOTHER tour, after spending time on the road alongside Parachute and Brendan James. Kicking off last week, this next month of touring will include performances in cities across the East Coast including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Washington DC and more.

To gear up for Mikey Wax's highly anticipated show tomorrow in Pittsburgh at Stage AE, we sat down with the talented musician to talk musical influences, upcoming plans and more.

Read further and get to know Mikey Wax, an artist to look out for in 2015 - and be sure to check out Mikey in the coming weeks in an East Coast city near you (full list of tour dates below)!

How did you first get your start in music?
I started playing piano when I was around 8 years old.

My dad was a piano player and I used to be fascinated by watching him play as a kid. I picked it up pretty naturally and have been playing ever since.

Who are some of your musical influences?
I was introduced to the Beatles at a very young age, something I'm very thankful for. Also being from Oyster Bay Long Island, it was only appropriate I learn every Billy Joel song on the piano as well.

I'd say those two were my main pop influences. I also learned a lot of classical music growing up.

If you could work with anyone in the industry, who would it be?
Probably Ryan Tedder or Chris Martin. Those guys are melodic geniuses - I'd love to write a song with them if I were ever lucky enough.

What was your favorite memory from the past few months of touring?
I've been on tour since June so there have been a lot of amazing memories. One that stands out in particular is my first show in Canada playing in Toronto.

I was on tour with my buddy Tyler Ward, and it was my first time playing in Canada. The crowd was so amazing and accepting. It was definitely a highlight.

Favorite city to perform in or are looking forward to performing in?
I recently performed at the Troubadour in LA and that was such a blast.

That venue is so legendary and so many big artists have performed on that stage that it was both humbling and an honor to be there.

What are you upcoming plans in regards to releases, more touring, studio sessions, etc?
For the rest of 2014 and probably most of 2015 I plan to be on the road touring as much as I can.

I just finished up an awesome run supporting Parachute & Matt Wertz, it's been hard to accept that it's over :) My new self titled album came out in June and I'm so proud of the album.

I want to do everything I can to get these songs out there.

What are you currently spending your time listening to / what's on your playlist?
On tour in the car we listen to the radio a lot, mainly SiriusXM. My new favorite albums at the moment are Ed Sheeran's and Coldplay's.

What are you most looking forward to for this tour?
Being on tour is always such an amazing opportunity to connect with all my fans around the country, as well as play for new people who have never heard my music before.

I always look forward to just being in the moment and enjoying myself on stage, and putting on the best show I can.

Anything else you would like to add?
Stay up to date with me on tour at WaxOnTour.com.

NOVEMBER 10th Detroit, MI The Shelter
NOVEMBER 11th Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
NOVEMBER 13th Philadelphia, PA World Cafe
NOVEMBER 14th New York, NY Highline Ballroom
NOVEMBER 15th Northampton, MA Pearl Street
NOVEMBER 16th Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
NOVEMBER 17th Washington, DC Howard Theater