When it comes to Mike Taylor’s music, it’s all about creating a feel-good moment. After building his name with breakthrough appearances on hits from Afrojack and DJ Vice, the Philadelphia native boils down his love of Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire and Rick James and swirls them together in a contemporary context. Using soul as a base for his music, he embodies an uplifting sentiment for lead single “Body High,” powered by chugging electric guitars, slaphappy claps and hearty vocals.

Taylor’s inspirations can be traced back to growing up in Philly, soaking up the sounds on MTV spanning from the Notorious B.I.G. and Daft Punk to Marilyn Manson and Green Day. Raised by his mother, who reared him on hip-hop, R&B and soul, he explored the other side of music—performing—by watching his father, a local jazz musician, at clubs and bars, as well as exploring the eclectic sounds of the city.

Moving to Los Angeles in 2011, he became a nightlife staple, securing a remix from DJ Vice for his song “World Is Our Playground” and landing an appearance at Mad Decent Block Party. But he started hitting his stride with a guest turn on Afrojack’s “SummerThing!,” which reached the top 10 on the Billboard dance charts in 2015 and was featured in a McDonald’s advertisement.

Taylor’s goal is to, “make music that transcends age, gender, color, religion, sexuality. I hope that people get the more deep and meaningful songs as well as the fun good time vibes. I hope I can spark dialogue about art and culture, as well as bring awareness to social issues. If I can inspire one person the way music has inspired me, then that’s really all I need.”

Press play below to hear “Colours” on his “Feel Good” EP available now on iTunes and Spotify!