Mika Sellens is a songwriter, music producer and composer working from her studio in Hackney, London, UK (Studio 5B).
Born and bred in London and Norwich, music was always featured prominently in her life. Rifling through her parents’ vinyl collections from a young age, it was songs and the production of recordings that most captured her imagination. Playing flute, guitar, piano and singing, Mika grew up writing songs and composing music. In her teens, she was in Indie bands and by the time she went to Goldsmiths to study music, she was performing on the London acoustic circuit and recording and producing music.
At Goldsmiths Mika gravitated towards composition and electroacoustic composition. Collaborations with the drama students and dance students from the neighbouring Laban Centre set Mika on a path working as a composer and sound designer for contemporary dance and theatre. Several intensive years of work in these areas followed graduation from her BMus (Hons) at Goldsmiths, eventually leading to lecturing posts on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, and Birkbeck (2003-2018).
Songwriting remained Mika’s first love though, and in 2003 Mika released her first material with Pepe Deluxe on Catskills Records. Mika continued writing, recording and playing live; a regular on the London acoustic circuit, Mika played at festivals and venues nationwide. In 2007 Mika launched her record label Little Doll Records to release her Back Home EP, launched at The Spitz in London.
A shift in focus following the birth of her two children saw Mika take a break from the commercial music sector to pursue an MA in Sonic Arts (Distinction) and present her sound work in gallery settings.
Despite this hiatus, Mika’s love for songwriting continued to call her and in 2017 she set up her songwriting and production studio (Studio 5B) in Hackney, close to where she lives, in a space shared by infamous analogue recording studio, Toerag (The White Stripes and many others). For the past two years, focus has been on co-writing and producing with lots of different writers, producers and artists to build up a catalogue of work to pitch and for live briefs.
With many years of collaborative work and lecturing/teaching under her belt, Mika is able to flourish in collaborative creative situations. Her drive and commitment ensures songwriting projects reach a high finished standard. The breadth of Mika’s musical career to date affords her the ability to work within different genres, and she is comfortable writing in different styles; from pop to country, to electronic, experimental, alternative, indie, soul and R&B. Mika’s high level of musical training (BMus and MA), and practical composing experience give her a strong foundation to work from, and her ability to follow her intuition and imagination creatively means Mika’s songs engage emotionally and hook the listener.
Mika is also Associate Lecturer in Music Technology and Audio Production at The University of Kent.