Out Music: Mike Taveira Serves Up ‘Sex For Breakfast’

Check out the latest item on rising pop artist Mike Taveira’s music menu, “Sex for Breakfast featuring Allie X.

The single is from his upcoming debut EP – Cut Velvet – a glittering record of spacey 80s new-wave and rudimentary 70s synths balanced precariously over slap bass and funk grooves.

The forthcoming collection is a conceptual record chronicling Mike’s wide-eyed move to Los Angeles, the rise and fall of young love, and all the predators along the way.

Mike Taveira (photo: Jon Stars)
Mike Taveira (photo: Jon Stars)

Taveira made a splash last year when he came out via his pansexual pop anthem, “Curious.”

“Sex for Breakfast” captures that intense, irresistible attraction we experience when the magnetic sexual pull just can’t be denied. The dark, sensual vocals cruise over a contemporary soundscape pulsing with pop-synth beats.

I recently had a chance to ask the woofy artist about the genesis of the song, his musical influences, and more. Hit the play button and then check out my Q&A with Mike Taveira.

The Randy Report: What was the inspiration behind “Sex for Breakfast?”

Mike Taveira: “Sex for Breakfast” was one of those lightning-in-a-bottle songs. The idea started after an intense morning with this guy I was head over heels for — we couldn’t keep our hands off each other, spent every night and morning together. We were essentially dating but we kept pretending that it was just a fling.

We ended up in this almost masochistic cat-and-mouse game, knowing we were so right together but both being too uncomfortable to admit it… but we’re gonna find out what we’re gonna find out.

Mike Taveira (photo: Brendon Burton)
Mike Taveira (photo: Brendon Burton)

TRR: The song has a dark, sexy intensity. Did you have a sound in mind when you wrote the song?

MT: There’s a cohesive sound I wanted to stick with throughout this EP, so that dark sexy intensity is all over this record — and my personality. I came in to Skyler Cocco’s studio (close friend, producer and co-writer on the track) knowing I wanted the staccato melody for “Sex for Breakfast” and we just went from there.

TRR: When did you know that you wanted to become a singer?

MT: I knew really early on in life. I’ve sang my whole entire life, but not always well. My family used to hate my loud singing when I was growing up but I kept at it no matter how much I annoyed them. Thankfully they love my music now and have encouraged me to get to where I am now.

Mike Taveira (photo: Jon Stars)
Mike Taveira (photo: Jon Stars)

TRR: Who has had the biggest influence on your music and why?

MT: So many artists have influenced me, from Janelle Monae to Sara Bareilles. But, I would say for this particular EP, I was inspired by St. Vincent, Bleachers, George Michael and Allie X, so it’s mind blowing that she’s actually a part of it all!

TRR: Who (if anyone) would you love to collaborate with?

MT: Well, Allie X was someone I dreamed of collaborating with for years, so this means a ton to me to have her featuring on “Sex for Breakfast.” Otherwise, I’d love to collaborate with Tinashe, Kim Petras, Orville Peck and Troye Sivan, or even just work with them in some capacity.

TRR: What do you do outside of music to stay on balance?

MT: I struggle to find other things I love besides music because I’m so passionate about it. But so far I’m enjoying the simple things in life that we take for granted like spending time alone in nature and curating my spaces to feel more like home.

TRR: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

MT: To meditate when things feel at a loss. Anytime I’m in a deep depression or I feel like it’s all over or what’s the point anymore, I meditate and it brings me back to earth.

Mike Taveira (photo: Jon Stars)
Mike Taveira (photo: Jon Stars)

Back in November, I covered Taveira’s break-up anthem “Karma” here.

“Sex for Breakfast” is available now on all digital stream/download sites.

Follow the oh-so-sexy Mr. Taveira on Instagram here.