Find the strength to simply learn Float in Mikaila Murphy’s latest single.
Bridging her training as a dancer with her artistic talent was the catalyst for Mikaila Murphy’s latest single, Float. The hard-hitting alt-pop sound is one Murphy has become known for, but this time his fans are getting a taste of the singer’s other passion: dancing. Bringing together her love of dance and visual choreography, the music video for Float shows Murphy’s ability to push her artistry – and dancing skills – to create a visual narrative that is both compelling and cathartic.
1883 Magazine discusses with Mikaila Murphy about Float, dance, and more.
Float is a nice trail. Was there a specific moment that inspired you to do this?
One day I sat by the ocean and thought of a bunch of words and phrases that refer to the ocean. I didn’t think I would ever use it, but a few weeks later I went to the floating studio session and decided to write about love and the ocean.
Can you tell us what is the inspiration behind the concept of the music video?
My producer G and I wanted a fun, upbeat song that I could dance to and show off my true artistry. As I listened to it float, so many unhealthy ideas came to mind! I knew I had to go home to Michigan and visit my favorite lake (Lake Huron in Tawas) and I knew I had to use young pre-pro dancers from Michigan!
This song in particular is rooted in something that a lot of people will identify with – what do you hope people take away from it?
That you can’t let toxicity drag you down. Defend yourself and watch how you will “float”, ie grow.
What did you learn about yourself from writing and recording Float?
I learned that I had many secret talents. G pushed me to compose the majority of float’s melodies myself and I wrote the majority of the lyrics by myself. There’s nothing you can’t be capable of if you push yourself!
Your lyricism is incredibly vulnerable and expressive. Is it hard for you to be open in songwriting or does it come naturally?
It certainly comes naturally, just like dancing!
You are from Michigan. Can you describe how you think the music scene there has influenced your music and you as a person?
The Michigan music scene influenced me by showing that being yourself and writing from the heart will attract people! Many of Michigan’s greatest artists are phenomenal writers!
Dance is incredibly present in your work, how does it integrate these two passions?
It has been amazing. It’s so cool to be able to dance to my own music! I am able to create music specifically for dance visions! I love being able to express myself through words and body movements and tell my own stories.
Are there any other performing artists we should look out for?
Molly Moore, Cassidi and Faangs. I had the luxury of working with these ladies and they are incredibly talented and have such beautiful souls. They each inspire me enormously.
What 3 songs would you choose for your perfect day soundtrack?
Don’t let me down chain smokers – this song makes me happy and makes me dance!
No Promises by Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato! Reminds me of summer driving down the road with the car top down!
Finally, Chasing cars by Sleeping at Last. I love listening to this song while rocking in my egg chair looking at the stars.
Finally, if you could manifest something for yourself this year, what would it be?
For one of my songs to go viral on tiktok!