Mike Cykoski, the man behind the arty, literate indie-pop project A Is for Atom, has had a distinguished career in the music business so far, but a few transformative events drastically altered his path. Now, he welcomes a new era of creativity with a bold new electronic recorded and live performance aesthetic.
“It feels like this is the beginning for me,” affirms the New York City-based artist. “I have so much freedom creatively. I can write different types of songs, and release them on my own terms.”
As a composer, Mike has always been intrepid about his creativity. His new material embraces technology into his repertoire like never before. Here he uses drum machines to conjure the rugged grooves in EDM and hip-hop’s beloved 808 beats. He crafts his compositions with bold synthetic soundscapes using a DJ’s artistic arsenal bring to life his compositions. His most recent EP, Song for You, garnered him prime visibility in the press and onstage.
Mike’s epiphany came when his friend, a Live Sound engineer, invited him to check out some electronic acts. “These artists had guitars, computers, and their voice, and, witnessing that opened so many creative doors. It made me feel like I could finally produce what I heard in my head,” he says. “Sitting down with the recording program Ableton, it felt like being a sculptor looking at a marble chunk and seeing all the possibilities.”
"His music has an expressive electronic beat with an alluring baritone vocal performance, featuring multi-textured bridges and choruses."
An NYU graduate, with a masters in Music Technology as well as Juilliard student and the experimental music center Harvest Works and DJ music school at Dubspot. Mike has performed nationally and internationally, live highlights include shows in Ireland, Mexico City, Toronto, for NXNE and Canadian Music Week, and shows in New York City and Austin.
Songs weave in and out of fast and slow beats and delve into a call for freedom of emotional expression that waits at the end of a figurative rainbow. His most recent EP, “Last Man on the Moon”, released in October, garnered him prime visibility in the press and onstage. Mike has performed nationally and internationally, live highlights include shows in Ireland, Mexico City, Toronto, for NXNE and Canadian Music Week, and shows in New York City and Austin.
“Thinking ahead…initially, I was a little scared to take a chance and follow this fresh direction. As I began moving forward and learned a new model, so much more became possible and I’m so excited.” He pauses pensively before saying conclusively: “Now I have to go start recording.”
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At first listen, “Rainbows,” by A is for Atom; gives me an artsy feel. The lead vocals are mesmerizingly rich, a baritone with great expression and range. I love how the lead doesn’t just ride the instrumentation, he accompanies it. His voice is yet another addition to the musical masterpiece. The production reminds me of experimental indie-pop, there are amazing climatic moments, coupled with passionate slow moments. It’s alluring and borders trance, but doesn’t exactly cross that line. The piece is definitely textured filled with layer after layer of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic movement. That’s what makes the song so amazing, and definitely worth the listen.
- Amy Garon, Loudini
Rainbows, what really defines the song is an integral intelligence, the clever sonic choices and an elegant and understated approach. Pop? Yes, there is definitely pop infectiousness in its minimal majesty and dynamic play. Indie? Certainly, but more of the sort which defined the exploratory early years of the genre, spawned by the freedom of the post-punk independent label explosion and the new technological toys available to those bored with guitar led music. Rainbows also plays with chilled future-dance, film score drama, the more accessible and human end of Krautrockery and a drifting nu-New Romanticism if there is even such a thing. How Michael Cykoski manages to cover so much territory with so few musical building blocks is still a mystery to me but then if it was easy we would all be doing it…or at least trying to write about it.
- Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture
An adventure-filled ride, captivating subject matter complimented by harmonious melodies and top-notch production.
– Louise Parker, Paste Magazine
The captivating subject matter is complimented by harmonious melodies and top-notch production. Mike Cykoski is the genius behind the musical moniker, which impresses us with every listen.
– Jane Lambert, Modern Mystery
The indie pop nature of his tunes bring enlightening elements that give a whole new spin on the "Brooklyn" sound. The result is a prominent sound that blends pop, dance, electro and a dash of classic rock...making the perfect Rock n' Roll cocktail.
- Karrie Lowell, Kurrent Music
“Rainbows” and “No Signal” is where Radiohead meets Bowie in the EP’s intro track “Goldmine,” which sets a dark, spacey tone for the tracks following. “No Signal” is a stand-out, perfectly crafted and produced with the help of New York City-based vocalist Clara Lofaro. Lofaro and frontman Mike Cykoski deliver pitch-perfect harmonies blended with an electronica-tinged beat that will leave the tune stuck in your head for days to come.
- Independent Artist Buzz