Kiwi R’n’B singer Mikey Mayz has just dropped the video for his latest single ‘I Can’t Help It’, which is all about good-old fashioned love.
Inspired by the story of how Mayz’s parents met and also his own partner, Haley Crooks - who lends her vocals to the song’s chorus - ‘I Can’t Help It’ is about letting your guard down when you find love.
“My parents met in Tonga. My dad was a radio officer for the British Navy. He was setting up a radio tower in a small village in Tongatapu. My mum was the only English-speaking translator. They fell in love,” Mayz explains.
Once the tower was installed and the job was done, Mayz’s dad left Tonga, leaving his mum behind. But he returned a few years later with his own charter yacht. “He picked up my mum, and they sailed into the sunset together. That was the same boat I was raised on until I was 18.”
The story inspired not only the song, but also the vision for the video, which is filmed onboard a yacht in Auckland’s glistening Waitemata Harbour and directed by Dave Murray, who worked on Avalanche City’s award-winning music video for ‘Inside Out’.
“I wanted to take Haley out on a similar style yacht to the one I grew up on - sail, drink wine and watch the sunset,” says Mayz.
Born in the US, raised in Aotearoa, Mikey Mayz has carefully carved out his well-earned reputation as ‘the future of New Zealand R’n’B’. Influenced by the likes of D’Angelo, Dr Dre and Michael Jackson, he first made his mark in 2015 with his debut single ‘Thunder’, which was used in the motion picture 'Born To Dance' in late 2015.
Mayz then released his breakthrough single 'Sunshine' featuring Sid Diamond, which received widespread love across New Zealand radio, as well reaching Australia, the US, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
‘I Can’t Help It’ features on Mikey Mayz’ debut EP, ALPHA, out now on Spotify and Itunes