Mike Stud Interview

by Camel - (Contact) - January 6, 2011

A lot of people think of Mike Stud as one of just many rappers in a new genre: college students who make party music. It is true that Stud’s biggest track to date is College Humor (see below). However, after meeting Mike Stud on the set for the College Humor video, I found that there was much more to this artist than meets the eye.

A graduate student at Georgetown. An All-American Baseball player at Duke. As I Interviewed Mike Seander my perception of him quickly shattered. He answered every question in an articulate manner, nothing calculated. And he kept everything light hearted, laughing outright when I asked him about his “new found fame.” The music video turned out great, and Mike Stud is on his way to great things. Here’s some insight into the life of Mike Seander:

Meet Mike Stud

1. What’s a day in the life of Mike Stud?

Most days I have a mandatory internship for my graduate school program from 9-1. Then I have practice from 2-6, then class from 7-10. Usually make my music after that…spend a lot of late nights and early mornings making music.

2. How’d you get the name?

Duke athletics didn’t allow us to have facebook when we were athletes there, so we picked funny names for facebook that still had our initials. I went with Mike Stud. So when I actually did a serious feature on Gerven’s Club Fantasy track, the only “name” I could think of was my facebook name Mike Stud. Kind of just ran with it since then.

3. There are a lot of up and coming rappers this day in age all looking to make it big. What separates you from the rest?

I basically try not to waste any lines in any of my songs, and I think the witty phrases and funny lyrics I have bring a smarter sound to college hip-hop. To be honest, I was unaware of the huge frat-rap scene that was taking over the blogosphere until I found myself right in the middle of it. But there are really a ton of talented dudes out there doing this, and I’m just having a great time making music and being a part of it all.

4. How would you describe your music?

My music is basically all about witty punchlines and lyric progression that is aimed to make you laugh or say “Woah.” Like I said, music started out as a complete joke, so really all I was doing was going for witty punchlines to make all of my buddies laugh. I think you can still hear a lot of that in the songs I’m putting out now. As I have continued to make music and progress as an artist, I think I am steadily getting better at expanding my lyrical content and defining who I am as an artist.

5. You’ve just finished filming your first music video, College Humor. Tell us a bit about the video and the song itself.

The whole process of shooting a music video really was a surreal experience. If you told me 3 months ago that I’d be shooting a music video for one of my songs, I would say you are absolutely crazy. But I’m just rolling with the punches at this point. The song is about exactly what the title implies. I just wanted to make a fun, feel-good song that everyone in college could party to. The video is very fitting to the concept of the song. My director Paddy Quinn is a bright young star in film, and I’m so excited for everyone to see his stellar work.

7. Someone you’re looking to collab with?

I’m going to cheat and make this into two answers. If I could collaborate with a producer, I’d love to collaborate with the one and only Brenton Duvall. Dude is an absolute beast. If I could collaborate with a new artist I’d love to link up with Mac Miller. I think Mac is a dude who is going to do big things in the future…really talented dude.

7. What else do you want to tell Kollectors?

I was a Kollector before being on “The K” as an artist, and I’d just like to thank everyone for listening to my music. It really has been a great experience for me to know that people are enjoying my music. Thanks to everyone who rocks with me, and if you don’t…hopefully I can change your mind in the future. Thanks again to everyone for all of the support. Cheers!

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Huge shoutout to Drew at Fauxtography for all the behind the scenes photos, check em out.