John Stephen Sudduth, aka Mikky Ekko, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, son of a tar plant manager. Around age 7 his father became a preacher and relocated the family to Mississippi, moving frequently from small town to small town. Surrounded by southern gospel, poverty and the resilient past of the deep south, the roots of his own music began taking shape. Eventually Mikky moved to the closest big city, Nashville, where he spent years surviving the dream, wading through various bands and odd jobs. Despite the grind, Ekko continued to experiment with his writing and voice.
Out of this experimentation, the track “Who Are You, Really?” was born and posted online. It wasn’t long before the song found the ears of Michael Volpe (aka Clams Casino), the elusive New Jersey-based producer whose slow, spaced-out productions have led to collaborations with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Lil B. Clams invited Mikky to New York to write together and the two became fast friends.
The first song written and produced by the pair resulted in Mikky’s debut single, “Pull Me Down.” Complete with heavy, ethereal beats and a washed-out landscape, Ekko’s vocals are beautifully showcased.
Due next year, Mikky’s debut album sees him working with the likes of Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine), Elof (Niki and the Dove), John Hill (MIA, Santigold), Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and, of course, Clams Casino.