01. Name : MYAMI.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? I grew up in a musical family and have always been surrounded by different genres of music. We would all sing together around the house, but my siblings and I all played strings as kids and brass through high school. I have been writing songs since I was about eight and mainly taught myself how to play piano and guitar. This project came about because I wanted to test my limits musically and vocally to see what I was actually capable of and see what I would come up with.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Do what you love, create.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I write with a lot of R&B and pop influences yet still have streaks of folk that filter through in my vocals. I love singing almost anything and take bits and pieces from all different genres. I love songs that really make you feel something and how an artist can sing a song in a certain way that makes a song or a vocal line really resonate with you and tug at something real and familiar.
I’d say my music is vocally driven, with honest lyrics. My sound has developed through the creation of the EP and pairing up with Melbourne producer Wayfarer//. I’ve also been working with a few other producers and I think collaboration always changes the way I write, the vibe and the sound. I love that though.
06. Who have been your musical influences? This changes on the daily and I’m forever changing my mind and wanting to create all different types of music. A big one for me growing up was Mariah Carey. Her range and vocal ability was something I tried to mimic when I was younger, and I credit a lot of my vocal ability to trying to sing like her.
I’ll often listen to mixed playlists and when hear something in a song that I really like, I screen shot it or record a vocal recording of a melody or lyric that’s inspired me.
At the moment, I’m loving Nao, Banks, Ben Howard, Maribelle, AlunaGeorge, Sampa the Great, Chance and Jack Garratt… and the list goes on.
07. What are your favourite songs of all time? Tag Team – ‘Whoomp There It Is’.
08. What was the first album you bought? It was either Britney Spears ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ or Spice Girls ‘Spice’.
09. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I have a fear of whales.
10. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I’d probably be a primary school teacher, or do musical theatre.
11. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? You are the only one who creates the way that you do. Comparisons will rob you of the beauty you are creating and the achievements you’ve made. Be grateful.
12. Tell us about your latest release. My latest release ‘The Fire’ is about you being a hindrance to your own success or progression. It’s about having goals that you want to achieve, but sometimes our own self doubt, distractions, apathy and negative self talk prevent us from getting there. It’s produced by Melbourne producer Wayfarer// and has a really haunting, quirky and dark sound to it.
13. What do your future plans involve? I’ll be launching the single in Melbourne on October 15 and am currently working on the rest of the songs for the EP, to be released in 2017.
14. Where can our audience catch you live? October 15 – Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne.