Fellow musicians rally around ‘Mr Mikey’ after studio blaze
Big-hearted musicians have rallied to the aid of local performer Mike James, after his Warwick studio was torched in a suspected arson.
Mr James, who performs as “Mr Mikey”, thanked fellow musicians Donald (Detrimental) Robinson and Steve Easton for offering him the use of their studios.
Mr Robinson has even recovered some of the music feared lost in the blaze, which consumed the home studio one week ago.
“A lot of people have sent me their encouragements, which I am thankful for — all kinds of people I see day to day around the neighbourhood, and members of the public, have been reaching out to me,” Mr James told The Royal Gazette.
Mr Robinson, who runs Future Records, has retrieved data files from his studio containing “Mr Mikey's” older work.
It's a degree of consolation for Mr James, whose upcoming compilations were destroyed in the August 17 fire.
“As far as the music's concerned, he has got a couple of my data files and some of my rhythms. Everything in the studio is burned up. I lost sweat, blood and tears.”
The Astwood Walk resident said a witness reported seeing two young men running after the predawn fire broke out in his family's Warwick home.
His elderly mother also reported hearing a motorcycle outside, followed by footsteps nearby, before she discovered the blaze.
“From what I've been told, they were younger assailants,” Mr James said.
“It still baffles me. Our country is not the best right now. But I think a lot of it is just frustration. There's a lot of unemployment.”
He said plans are in the works for a fund-raising concert.
Added the musician: “One lesson I have learned is to be more secure. When I rebuild, my studio will definitely have surveillance at all times.”
In the meantime, with the help of friends, Mr James plans to take solace in his art.
“I definitely need to get my frustrations out in music,” he said.