At last month’s Eurovision PreParty Riga, he told wiwibloggs that he was in talks with some big record labels. And today, Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef put pen to paper and signed a worldwide record deal with Sony Music and RCA Records.
The “Lie To Me” singer excitedly broke the news across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“Time for the big news!”, he wrote. “After 8 years of working independently I just signed a worldwide record deal with Sony/RCA! Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible! #Sony #RCA #WeDidIt!!!”. His update concludes with the hands folded in prayer emoji.
The message is accompanied by a number of behind-the-scenes images from inside the label’s Munich offices in Germany. They include an eye-catching shot of Mikolas standing beneath the world famous Sony Music logo. We also see him signing the all important contract and rubbing shoulders with a selection of top music execs.
Today’s events place Mikolas in some elite company. Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Shakira and Miley Cyrus are just some of the names already on Sony Music and RCA Records’ books.
The deal has been some time in the making, and the rising star even alluded to it during our interview with him in Riga.
“We are having talks right now with some recording companies, some quite big ones. And maybe soon enough I will not be so independent, and there will be somebody to help me out with all this stuff, so that I can work faster and hopefully better. So we’ll see how that goes.”
Evidently, all went well.
And so a new chapter of Mikolas’ career begins. While life as an independent artist surely had its perks, we suspect the Eurovision 2018 hopeful won’t miss certain aspects too much. In the same interview, he touched on some of the difficulties which arise when flying solo.
“It’s super difficult. And you will find yourself in a position where you have to be saving a lot of money. So, that’s sometimes the reason why I do everything, why I direct and produce it and call the camel lady and do all the organisation. Because, if I had to pay somebody I would just not be able to do it at this standard.”
Mikolas Josef Interview at Eurovision PreParty Riga 2018
While record label backing may make things easier going forward, Mikolas’ schedule remains hectic. The ink had barely dried on his new contract, before he was off to Britain for tomorrow night’s London Eurovision Party.
He finished his day by posting a tired looking selfie to his Instagram story, simply captioned “WHAT A DAY!”.
The man better get some shut-eye, because he’s also set to land down in Israel, the Netherlands and Spain in the coming weeks. Then it’s time for Eurovision in Lisbon. And who knows what will come after that.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Mikolas make it big? Is this a sign of things to come at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.