Mike comes from a musical family. His father Jean-Yves Messan, a bass player of Gabonese origin and his mother Esther Clinton-Célini, a Guadeloupean singer and dancer, met during one of Alan Chelly’s tours(1). At a very young age, Mike gains knowledge of music. He remembers showing a talent for music. « When I was 4, I could find melodies. On Mum’s side, there are many musicians : my uncle Gabriel Clinton was a jazz guitarist, my uncle Christian was a bass player as well. As my mother and my grand-mother, they used to sing in a choir. I was surrounded by music instruments and vinyls. My grandmother owned a huge property where all our family gathered » This is how he will quite naturally get interested in the piano even if football meant a lot to him. « When I settled in Guadeloupe where I went to secondary school in Lamentin, I broke my arm during a football training. As I had to do physiotherapy, my grandma, who was a physiotherapist, advised me to take up the guitar to reinforce my arm. I borrowed the bass of a local friend, and I started to learn by listening to Sixun and by watching all live concerts. I developped a taste for it and with my friend Jean-Luc Arstand, we composed our own music. My uncle used to teach us a few things. I got hooked and I adopted the bass. »
Musically, the young artist feels very close to Marcus Miller, Michel Alibo, Pino Palladino, Etienne M’Bappé, Guy N’Sangué, Richard Bona, among others.
The young Mike is fully aware he needs improving to pull himself up to the level of his idols. He swiflty understands