INTERVIEW W/ MIRAY
Tell us about yourself and your music.
I’m a singer and I write songs that combine Motown and synthpop. I call it “MOPOP.” I enjoy fusing different styles and instruments into my music because I feel that reflects who I am, as I come from a mixed background and grew up in a completely different culture (Japan).
Tell us about your EP, ‘Fade In’.
‘Fade In‘ captures the essence of the good old Motown soul…but with a twist! The songs are easygoing and somewhat nostalgic with very catchy melody lines. In one of the songs, “Future Boy” I’m actually singing the chorus line in Japanese. If you can manage to sing along to it, you will officially be the coolest person in the room. The track got some 80s boogie vibe and I should warn you, that the song will most definitely prevent you from sitting/standing still. While working on the tracks my producer, Marc Rogers and I emphasized on using real trumpets and violins to stay true to the roots. The result in my opinion is breathtaking.
Who are your main influences?
Since my parents are both jazz musicians, I grew up mostly listening to Jazz like Dianne Reeves and Carmen McCrae. But aside from that I’m inspired by all of the Motown legends like Stevie Wonder, The Whispers, Earth Wind and Fire, as well as Prince, Mariah Carey, The Noisettes, and some Jpop artists like Tommy February and other random stuff.
Career wise, where do you see yourself in the next few years?
I see myself hopefully finishing an album with a label and touring internationally…I really want to travel but when I do I want to do it with a purpose, and that of course involve music.
Do you have upcoming gigs or shows?
I’m working on it! Hopefully very soon…it’s not easy doing everything as an independent solo artist. I’ll be actually in Japan in March. It would be awesome if I could perform there.
Fill in the Blanks! Have fun with it!
1. Without music, I would be the most boring person in the world. I would totally avoid her if I were you.
2. Music is my first, my last, my everything.
3. Music makes me high. Naturally.
4. I write the songs because I wish to inspire others the same way I get inspired.
5. Support my music because when you do, I promise that I will never disappoint you.
*Buy the digital album seen on miray.bandcamp.com or mirayholic.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts.*