The Taranaki-born musician is gearing up for a big year despite Covid

Mikey Dam features in a new Rory Noble song.

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Mikey Dam features in a new Rory Noble song.

Mikey Dam is expecting a great year, despite the pandemic.

The South Taranaki-born musician, who now lives in Auckland, is optimistic.

His friend and fellow musician Rory Noble has released a new song And if I can’t’, which Dam helped write, on Friday.

It explores the dynamics of a relationship between two people. One struggles with work and life, and the other doubts themselves.

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The single is the third taste of Noble’s debut EP. Where do we go when the world ends.

The pair worked on the track while housebound due to Covid last year, using Zoom, emailing and talking on the phone, so there’s a lockdown vibe, Dam said.

“We’ve always had that between us. He’s still the producer, I’m a songwriter, and what he sent me was always great. It is very versatile.

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The duo worked together on Dam’s hit single Time in 2021.

Dam and Noble’s older brother, Matt, were friends in high school, and he grew up playing music with Matt and the other siblings, all of whom are musically talented.

“Matt and Rory and I have been making music since I can remember,” Dam said. “I became part of the family.”

Dam, who is of Ngaruahine descent, grew up in Hāwera and Palmerston North, where he befriended the Noble family.

Although he can’t remember exactly when his love of music started, it was all around him as he grew up.

“My grandma’s siblings all played an instrument and my dad’s parents lived next door to a country blues club in Manaia, so the music basically surrounded me.”

He has plans for a busy year, including writing “lots of songs” for other people in New Zealand and overseas, going overseas to work on projects and an EP project.

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“Another single is coming out very soon. This year I want to work as much as possible, try to maintain a rhythm,” he said.

“I’ve set myself a lot of goals for this year, very high goals… I feel like everything is achievable.”

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