MIRI

(C) James Gallant

(C) James Gallant

Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer MIRI to find out more...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from London originally and first started learning piano when I was very young. I started writing poems at secondary school which eventually led to songwriting.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
A school friend recommended I listen to Tracy Chapman when I was about 14. She became a real musical influence and was an artist I grew up listening to. Now I’m influenced by a lot of soul and motown, artists like Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Paolo Nutini... Patti influences me as a creative. My music is very different to what she does but I feel inspired by how she expresses herself through her artistry.

How would you describe your sound?
Soulful alternative Pop.

(C) Laura Cunliffe

(C) Laura Cunliffe

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is an EP called Soundbites. The influence was to share my stories in a more stripped back way. I needed to share my feelings and thoughts about the world politically and bring awareness to how many LGBTQ+ people lose their lives because of their gender and sexuality in the second track ‘My Sweetheart’.

What’s your local music scene like?
It’s pretty raw in E7. Lots of different musical happenings. The Wanstead Tap put on some great music events. It’s so good to have that on my door step.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I’m performing at Greenbelt Festival Sunday 25th August which I’m majorly excited about. I’m also working on funding to do a UK tour. The ethos and theme will be about reclaiming space. So many music and LGBTQ+ venues have closed in the last 10 years. These spaces are so important to have for many reasons.

(C) Laura Zotova

(C) Laura Zotova

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’d love to work with Paolo Nutini, Coldplay and an artist whose a friend of mine called Nia Wyn.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
This one isn’t funny but for some reason it’s a fond memory for me. My good mate Chloe Hawes and I were doing a gig in Dresden, East Germany. It was really humid. There was no one inside listening just the venue manager. She was sprawled out on the sofa in her own world and I remember thinking, life is grand.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That I have a new EP called Soundbites out and it’s available to stream and download digitally.

You can find out more about MIRI on her website or via Facebook, DistroKid, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.