Mikey’s Roaming Leads Him Back To Himself

The Toronto alt-rocker returns with a crunching indie anthem & spaced-out video.


Mikey comes home again after years of Roaming in his latest single and new animated video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

Produced by Juno winner Kevin Dietz (Billy Talent, Glorious Sons), Mikey — aka Michael Shankar — unleashes his next indie anthem, complete with hints of Zeppelin and a smashing solo certain to make the rock gods proud. For such a driving banger, the song had a quieter, more reflective start, however.

“I remember how alone I felt when I wrote this song, and writing it really gave me a chance to find myself again,” the Ottawa-born Toronto artist reveals. “That said, with as honest of lyrics as I could write and a big guitar solo, this is me at my best.”

Roaming is Mikey‘s sophomore single, following his debut track Operator, which arrived earlier this year. It’s been something of career change for him. After starting out as a bilingual actor at age 11 in TV’s The Tournament, Mikey began studying music at 13. It was a natural fit; he comes from an arts-driven family with deep roots in Canadian and global show business — including sister, Melinda Shankar (Degrassi the Next Generation), a noted actress.

Watch the lyric video for Roaming above, listen to the track below, and find Mikey at his website and Instagram.

Phobo by Mike Francki.