Michete is not someone you'll feel indifferent about. As he explained to The 405 last year, "people either really like me or they just fucking don't." Perhaps he's hoping to tip the scales towards the 'like' side with his latest project, however, which is a radical departure from his previous work.

Having made a name for himself as Spokane's premier foul-mouthed, miscreant transfeminine rapper with two incredibly awesome mixtapes (Cool Tricks 1 & 2) and a well-received collaboration with Shamir, Michete has now pulled off a stunning career pivot with his new single 'You Spin Me Round', a cover of the seminal 80s anthem by Dead or Alive. It's the poppers o'clock bop that 2017 desperately needed and deserves.

We had a quick catch up with Michete about this change in direction, his love for Pete Burns and all the latest news about his next mixtape, Cool Tricks 3, which is inspired by "Lana Del Rey, Nine Inch Nails and Boney M"(!!!)

So, you can sing! You kept that quiet. Have you always been singing or is this a new thing?

Well, first of all, thank you for saying that I can sing. I've been a capable singer for much longer than I've been a capable rapper, I can tell you that much.

Why did you decide to switch over to singing on this one? And why did you choose this song specifically to do so?

The end goal for me is and always has been to reach pop stardom. I want to be a pop star who raps and sings and does both well, while puling influences from all the genres and artists and eras that inspire me.

I think I found it easier to stick to rapping because hip-hop is so DIY-friendly. Hip-hop is basically the most punk rock genre there is, because there really aren't any rules to it. Pop music has always been my biggest love, but making effective pop music is not easy, contrary to what people think. Writing melodies and chords that can grab a wide audience and get stuck in people's heads, that's extremely difficult. So, I wanted to branch out a bit and release a full-on pop song, and I figured I'd dip my toes in those waters by starting out with a cover of one of the greatest pop songs ever written. It's a risk, but it's also kind of a safe bet. 'You Spin Me Round' is actually one of my go-to karaoke songs.

Pete Burns was a legendary figure in the LGBT community and had an amazing voice. What are your thoughts about him and his legacy?

He was hugely inspirational to me. He was one of the first people I saw who made me feel like it was cool to be feminine, to defy gender, to rebel against those expectations. Honestly, out of all the celebrity deaths of 2016, his was the one that affected me the most. I was really upset when I heard that he died. It was a goal of mine to meet him one day, or maybe even work with him, and I'm sad that that never happened. He did like a tweet of mine once, though, a couple months before he died. So, if nothing else, he did acknowledge me that way.

But he definitely left behind a legacy. He's more famous over there in the UK than he is here in the states, but a lot of the trans and non-binary people I know, even young teenagers, cite him as an inspiration and an influence. He was a true individual who was extremely ahead of his time and I think history will look back fondly on him.

You're serving some serious lqqks in the video. Was it fun to make?

Again, thank you! It was actually incredibly not fun to make. We filmed this during Seattle pride, so I had a bunch of people staying with me that weekend. 5 people in my one bedroom apartment. And you know, my friends are all chaotic, fraudulent assholes so that was a mess. But the final video looks great! I wanted to do something simple and performance-based that kind of called back to the original video while still being its own thing, and I think we accomplished that.

What's the ideal context to enjoy 'Spin Me Round'?

While doing drugs. Duh.

Good to know. And what's happening with Cool Tricks 3?

It's taking me forever, and I'm sorry for that. Real life has kind of gotten in the way, but I think I'm back on track now. I have a very clear vision of what the tracklist is and what each song will sound like, and I've been writing little things and making little beats here and there. I think it will definitely be more pop-leaning than my previous work, and probably a bit more diverse in sound. I've been trying to pull influence from a wider range of artists and genres than before. To give you a very rough idea: Lana Del Rey, Kelis, Smash Mouth, Nine Inch Nails, and Boney M are just a few of the names I'm pulling inspiration from on this next project. I think it'll be the best one yet.