Ashton musician releases debut single inspired by lockdown in the city

Posted on - 25th June, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Ashton-on-Ribble, Music, People, Preston News
Streets by Van Mike
Van Mike describes himself as a ‘proud Prestonian’ – as shown on his debut single cover

A musician from Ashton-on-Ribble has released a debut single inspired by lockdown in the city.


Van Mike’s song Streets reflects on the importance of appreciating what we have.

He said: “The song was born out of the ruminations that occurred during all the lockdowns about how important the little things are that we take for granted so often.

“I’ve been guilty of complaining that ‘there is nothing to do’ in this city. It’s only when all your privileges have been removed from your control that you truly realise how much you do/did have going for you in any one moment. If you walk around blinded to everything, you’ll never see the opportunities that arise.”

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Van Mike says music and the arts have played an important role throughout his life.

He said: “I’ve always been an aficionado when it comes to the music I am interested in. I love the stories of how people get their break or their first start in music and their reasons for creating.”

Van Mike
Van Mike’s favourite music dates back the middle of the 20th century

His main influences stem from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

“I feel that the lyrics from that era have always spoken more to me than current music. I appreciate the music as almost a time capsule that allows me to envision what life was like when iconic songs were released.

“They are a by-product of their surroundings and the inspiration for any piece of art can come from somewhere you would not have otherwise expected.”

Streets is available from all major music providers now.

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