Interview with Canadian Songstress Mimika
Today on What On What’s Good with Jovin Tardif, I am here with songstress Mimika. Mimika is a singer-songwriter from Brampton, Ontario. Her official video for “Bourbon” is out now. In our interview, we discuss songwriting, her studies at Berklee College of Music, a personal goal to work with Jon Bellion, and more. She released her debut single ‘New Fears’ in 2018.
1. I read that you spent your early years writing stories, poems, and scripts. What sort of topics were you writing about?
Oh my gosh, literally anything and everything my kid brain could think of. The typical “I’m a pop star and this is my pop star life” stuff. Also a couple of horror things and dramas. I think it was all mostly fantasy stuff though. Growing up, I was a big fan of Percy Jackson. I loved writing my own versions of the stories with new worlds and different characters!
2. Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child, and Celine Dion are some of the first entertainers you remember hearing. What would you say is your favourite song from each artist and why?
Okay, let’s go rapid-fire through them first, Britney Spears – “Stronger”, Justin Timberlake – “My Love”, Destiny’s Child – “Independent Women Pt.1” and Celine Dion – “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”.
“Stronger” I remember dancing in my room to the music video and desperately trying to recreate the chair choreo – much to my mother’s dismay – where it’s twirling around and she’s throwing it down and jumping on it. That video was and still is absolutely iconic.
“My Love” is one of my go-to feel-good songs, it feels like home and always makes me happy. I love T.I.’s verse and I think it’s the first rap verse I ever learned.
When I was young, I used to belt out “Independent Women” with my mom. I remember being like 6 years old singing about the house, and the car, and the rock I bought myself, haha. Momma taught me young to always be the one to provide for yourself.
Celine Dion was actually the first concert I ever went to which is one of my proudest moments in life. Picture this, my grandmother, her friends, my mom, and 8 year old me, all sitting in a row jamming out to Celine. Pretty sick, right? I remember falling in love with “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and it’s honestly my all-time favourite song.
3. Can you tell us about your studies at Berklee College of Music in songwriting? Do you ever find any challenges in writing songs?
Yeah! So I’m in my fourth year at Berklee, I’m actually graduating in May which is so crazy and exciting. Studying at Berklee has taught me so, so, so much. Learning how to write from a place of knowledge and preparation rather than just being at the liberty of inspiration was really gratifying for me. When I was young I used to only be able to write when I was inspired. Whereas now I’m way better at planning things out and writing with intention. That’s honestly eliminated a lot of the challenges for me. I still struggle with finding the perfect way to write out what I’m feeling sometimes though and I don’t think that ever goes away. Emotions are just so complex and layered, so I think if it actually got easier to understand what you’re feeling then you might be doing something wrong.
4. Do you have a particular location outside of Ontario that you would like to sing? Please describe where and why?
Everywhere, I want to sing everywhere and anywhere the fans will have me! Brazil is a big one for me, so are NYC and Australia. I’ve heard the fans in Brazil and the entire live music experience is so elevated and I just want to be engulfed by it! New York is one of my favourite cities in the world and I can’t wait to play a sold-out show there one day.
5. I read you want to collaborate with Jon Bellion. If you can write music together, what sort of song would you like to create and why?
Jon is my favourite artist, I find myself revisiting his albums all the time and finding something new I never noticed before. Whether it’s a new meaning behind the lyrics, new vocal layers I missed, or sonic choices that I didn’t pay enough attention to before. If I get the chance to collaborate with him, I want to make something jazz-inspired with his signature r&b/hip-hop style incorporated. I love his melodies and lyrics, and whenever I’m writing for myself I’m always pushing myself to try and write as smart and witty as he does.
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