Mikky Ekko Premieres “Watch Me Rise” Video

Smoke, strobes, and “overcoming all odds to be who you’re meant to be.”

Artist Mikky Ekko envisions "Watch Me Rise," the latest single off his debut album Time, as his battle cry. "It's about overcoming all odds to be who you're meant to be," he wrote The FADER in an email. This may be reference to, say, the uphill battle he's fought to be recognized as more than just the guy on that one Rihanna song; but the odds he's up against in this new Nina McNeely directed video are more elemental: flashes of colors, strobe lights, and lots of smoke. Watch that above, and check out his upcoming North American and European tour dates below (tickets and more information here). Time, Ekko's strong and star-studded debut album, with contributions from Dave Sitek, Jeff Bhasker, Stargate, Dennis Herring, Clams Casino, Justin Parker, Ryan Tedder, is out now.

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US Tour Dates:

Thu/Oct-1 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Fri/Oct-2 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
Sat/Oct-3 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
Mon/Oct-5 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Tue/Oct-6 Vancouver, BC Venue
Wed/Oct-7 Seattle, WA Crocodile
Fri/Oct-9 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
Sat/Oct-10 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Mon/Oct-12 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
Tue/Oct-13 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Wed/Oct-14 Chicago, IL Schubas
Fri/Oct-16 Columbus, OH The Basement
Sat/Oct-17 Toronto, ON Mod Club
Tue/Oct-20 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
Thu/Oct-22 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Fri/Oct-23 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Sat/Oct-24 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
Mon/Oct-26 Chapel Hill, NC Cat's Cradle Back Room
Tue/Oct-27 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
Thu/Oct-29 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge

European Tour Dates:

Thu 10-Sep Germany Baden-Baden SWR3 Festival
Sat 12-Sep Germany Gottingen NDR Soundcheck Festival
Mon 14-Sep Germany Munich Black Box Gasteig
Thu 17-Sep UK London Oslo
Sat 19-Sep France Paris Les Bains
Tue 22-Sep Germany Berlin Prinz Charles
Wed 23-Sep Germany Cologne YUCA
Thu 24-Sep Germany Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival

Mikky Ekko Premieres “Watch Me Rise” Video