Teacher is rap king!

Rapper Mike Lomax
Rapper Mike Lomax

A RAPPER from Wigan is set to battle it out in the regional final of a national talent competition.

Music teacher Mike Lomax is set to perform for his place in the Open Mic UK 2011 national final at an X Factor-style contest in Salford this Sunday (October 16).

The 31-year-old, who has been rapping under the stage name Lomax for the best part of 20 years, wowed industry experts with his performance of his own song Rainy Day at the regional heats in August.

He said: “I love creating my own music and using clever word-play. The judges liked the song that I performed on my first audition but I’ve written so many others over the years that it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one for this weekend.

“But most rap songs are either politically motivated, deep and meaningful or are just aimed at letting the whole world know how good you are at rapping!”

Mike, who has performed at the North by Northwest Music Festival in the past, featured alongside London rapper Blak Twang on the 2009 release Going Up and a remix of his song Doo Whot last year made it onto the Ministry of Sound’s Addicted To Bass compilation.

If Mike makes it through to the national final at the O2 in London he will be able to compete for a breakthrough recording contract.

Open Mic UK 2011 is a national talent competition which searches for the UK’s best singers, songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres.

Chris Grayston, the head of organisers Future Music, said: “We are searching for an act whose live performance will impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, and who has the potential to become a professional recording artist. The standard was high last year and this year looks set to be even better.”