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A Spotlight Interview With MimiQ

The latest EP release from MimiQ is here and it's as lush and dreamy as we had hoped it was with compelling melodies and an air of fantasy and magic underdoned by these waves of sonic spirit that feel like memories floating through your head, warm and welcoming.

The Dances of Us EP is engulfing and cinematically driven with such a wonderfully full-bodied array of instrumentation and textures that layer atop each other in a unique and addictive manner.

This release was very attractive in the way that it was indeed like ear candy. Everything was fantastic and dripping with scenery and an energy that changes from song to song but connects throughout the course of the EP.

There are tracks you absolutely have to get up and start moving to and some of those even turn into these charming atmospheric tracks that blend genres like paint colors creating something new each time.

This was bright and vibrant yet still subtle and peaceful at the same time and the use of percussion and crisp soundscapes that melt into warmth was very well executed.

The EP has a mind of its own and can certainly take you with it with each new track, changing your brain waves and thoughts.

This was an inventive set of songs that all turn out to be gems or soundtracks to parts of your life and it's really quite a good time from start to finish.

With the release of The Dances of Us EP, we wanted to have a chat with MimiQ to find out what drives the artist.

Here's what happened.

RAG: Let's kick things off with "We Made It" (Alternate Version). This track has a great edgy almost post-punk feel to it. Where did this single come from?

“We Made It (Alternative Version)” was actually my very last school assignment to complete before graduation! Shout out to Full Sail University! I had the idea to reimagine the first completed track off my EP “The Dances of Us” (out now all streaming platforms). That’s when my love for orchestral music and soundtrack scores came into play. Hence the orchestral vibes!

RAG: When did this all start for you really?

This all started for me when I was in middle school. I’ve always been a singer, but actually making the type of music I always gravitated towards was a big curiosity of mine. That curiosity only grew when I was introduced to female producers like Imogen Heap. It was the year 2009. Her second album , “Eclipse”, had dropped. I fell in love with her instrumentation, and being the musical nerd I was, I wanted to learn the process of how the album was made. That’s when I stumbled upon her vlogs on YouTube, each one revealing the process behind how she produced/wrote each track on the album. Seeing how she operated and how unique her musical brain worked, that’s when I knew I wanted to make music.

RAG: What inspires you to write a song?

Nature is a big inspiration when it comes to me making music! Certain sounds, instruments, and chord progressions bring certain aspects of nature to my mind - the moon, stars, the sun, a forest, the ocean, etc.

RAG: This track has some great styles! Can you give us some of your top musical influences?

My top musical influences are Imogen Heap, Kimbra, Artisan, and Bill Laurance. I love how their music is so expressive and can tell beautiful stories with or without lyrics.

RAG: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?

When I’m not working on music, I’m listening to it! Hahaha! Music helps me function in life. Everyday things like working, sleeping, housework, even brainstorming and writing are done with much more ease when music is there to comfort me. It’s pretty much my safe haven.

RAG: Who's in your headphones right now?

My headphones are always blasting music! I’m a very eclectic music lover, but lately, I’ve been getting lost in the soundtracks of old-school, feel-good movies and games from my childhood. I’m talking scores from movies like Dinosaur, AVATAR, Atlantis, and games like TEKKEN, Mario Kart DS, and Crash Bandicoot CTR! Told you I was a nerd.

RAG: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?

At the moment, there are no live performances in the works. But the hope is to get to a place in my career where I can do a live set for a big festival or headline my own tour!

RAG: This single feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there?

The advice I'd give to other up-and-coming artists is to never compromise your genuine self! There are so many trends happening out there, especially in the music industry. While some are helpful tools, never be afraid to be different and authentic. Everyone has an audience. It just takes patience to find them.

RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

My fans have a lot to look forward to in the near future! I don't want to give away too much, but what I can say is that what me and my team have planned will blow you away! 2023 will be an amazing year, and I can't wait to bring my fans along for the ride!

RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

"To my Curlycues...I love ya'll down! Thank you so much for all the love and support you've given me! I don't take that for granted. And I thank God everyday that we get to grow in this journey together! All the love in my heart from MimiQ!"

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