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The Hype Magazine: Can you describe the emotions you had when you performed live with Michael on stage cheering you on for his 30th Anniversary in 2001?
Mystro: The 30th Anniversary was the last time I saw Michael in person. That really was an incredible night. I had a chance to play and what I did in the video, Michael Jacksonology: Piano Tribute is the same thing I did in front of Michael at the anniversary. I performed right there for Michael with James Ingram standing over me and a bunch of celebrities. Quite a few people were impressed with my playing, including the likes of Michael, Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Usher, Chilli, Bobby Brown and other famous people that were there as his personal guest. The night ended with everyone cheering me on including Michael Jackson himself, enjoying my piano rendition of a medley of his songs! That was the last time I would see Michael alive, so at least I had a chance to play in person for him. I can take that and just run with that, you know?
The Hype Magazine: Do you find classical music harder to learn compared to other genres?
Mystro: Playing classical music on piano and training as a classical pianist is a lot more difficult than just doing standard music. There’s a technique that you have to have in playing classical music, the fingering is different than you would normally make than just performing standard music. However, I have been able to apply my classical training to all genres of music.
The Hype Magazine: Is there anything you are currently working on in the studio?
Mystro : Starting next month I will be recording my new single entitled “Rock it 3000” a tribute to Herbie Hancock. And my album is titled “Mystro’s Tip Jar.”
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