The very first time Mike Xavier performed in Las Vegas was at an open mic in April 2016. His newest gig was headlining Home of Blues’ packed Local Brews Local Grooves festival on July 14. His next will be at September’s Life Is Lovely celebration, where he’ll share an expense with world-renowned performers like The Weeknd, Florence + The Device and Arcade Fire.
That’s a rapid ascent for someone who, prior to moving here in 2015, was living in an automobile with his kid in LA and had no connection to the Las Vegas music scene. It’s evidence that relentless hustle, unbending focus and genuine optimism don’t go undetected. Just last month, the affable, 34-year-old host was named Best Fast-Rising Rap artist in Las Vegas Weekly’s 2018 Best of Vegas concern. In simply over two years of Vegas residency, Xavier has actually ended up being an older statesman in the community, hosting workshops and showcases so that other artists can come up with him.
“I’m trying to do more than music,” Xavier says. “How can I assist everybody else rise up, too?”
Xavier’s energy is unquestionably infectious. However more than the guy, it’s the music that galvanizes listeners. It’s honest and uplifting, an everyman’s journal of daily battles and ways to push through them. His recently launched Old School Vibes LP has plenty of enthusiastic anthems informed over ’90s-age boom-bap beats. The tracklisting alone lets you know what you’re in for with tune titles such as “Modification the World,” “Smile,” “Let It Go” and “Stay Strong.”
Old School Vibes is loaded with relatable anecdotes. Take this too-real excerpt from “Attempt”: “I’m out of gas, a couple dollars in the tank/Slide my debit card as credit without any money in the bank/So damn, all these overdraft fees is including up/We out here starving while celebs is gettin’ abdominoplasty.” It’s lyrics like those that help him win over brand-new fans, a base that reaches beyond the conventional hip-hop circle.
At Resident Brews Local Grooves, Xavier was the only rap act upon the expense, yet his name was set down at the very leading. Soulful rockers The Revival and alt-pop attire Silversage sustained the crowd with guttural wails, heavy riffs and Killers covers– tough acts to follow, for sure. But then Xavier came to the delicate secrets, groovy bass, silky horns and laidback drumbeat of backing band The Noir Motion. The crowd didn’t thin out– instead, audience members were gratified, throwing their hands up, bobbing their heads, fighting for Tee shirts Xavier tossed into the audience and later posing for images with the regional rap star.
“I have a track record of great times,” Xavier says. “You come to my show, you’re going to have a good time. People are recognizing that. If my name is on it, I take it really seriously.”
That earnestness extends to all aspects of his life. “You lead by example,” he states, “so if my kid sees me doing this and exactly what I’m achieving, he’ll follow in those steps.”
Xavier works relentlessly to grow his platform so he can make a higher impact. He wants to arrange charity drive to assist those in requirement and hold more occasions to support his Las Vegas music peers. He’s even thought about becoming an inspirational speaker.
“There’s endless possibilities if you think in yourself,” he says. “You can be unstoppable.”
Hear Mike Xavier at mikexavermusic.com.