INTERVIEW: MIMO –
Hi Mimo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been amazing, very excited for what’s to come, and thank you for having me!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “An Introduction”?
That song was literally thought as an introduction of myself, or more of a re introduction to fully present myself as a rapper, not just a songstress. The song was thought as a perfect “business card”, showcasing the intricacies of my French-Canadian heritage and my NY influences and lifestyle. The idea was to paint a picture of who I truly am, which I describe in the lyrics, while flexing my very Montreal ability to switch from French to English.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Absolutely, I really wanted to establish myself as an MC and not be disregarded when it comes to lyricism and rapping. Every artist has a song that properly introduces them to the world, and I wanted to do that but on my own terms and style.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was so much fun, but so much work (laughs)! David Dicso really came through with his artistry and we were able to pull it off with only me and him on the set. The video is also an ode to my childhood dream of being like Scatman John (laughs)! He was such a huge obsession for me as a kid and made me want to be as cool as him, growing up. This is why I framed him and it was paying respect to what he has done by blending Jazz, scat and MC’ing.
The single comes off your new album Mars Took Over – what’s the story behind the title?
Mars is the planet that rules our assertiveness and the way we move in the world. Mine is in Gemini and I wanted to showcase the embodiment of melodies & lyricism. This body of work is a celebration of that duality and fluency between singing and rapping. When Mars takes over it’s pretty much saying I can be everything I am unapologetically. It means that you fully welcome who you are and stand in your power.
How was the recording and writing process?
There’s always the beats and music selection prior to writing, and I was very blessed to work with Adriatic and Strange Dust for that. I then wrote all the songs in October-November 2021 in New York and went straight to recording “An Introduction” in Bushwick. The rest of the songs were recorded in Montreal, in the middle of a cold winter (laughs) but we made it happen. My process is always very intuitive and I let the words and songs come to me, so it’s often a work in progress until I feel it’s completed.
What role does New York play in your music?
That’s my lover, my foe and my friend (laughs)! New York influences my music so greatly, I wouldn’t even know where to start. I’m such a New Yorker in ways you can’t know if you don’t live this type of crazy city life. Mainly, I think you can hear those influences in songs like Funghi and Sunflower Head where the flow and tone are very playful but also blaz, in a sense. I think New York has that zesty but cool debonnaire feel too.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I always write from a place of truth and relate it to how Blues music is often born. I feel, I sit in the pain and emotions and then I have to transmute it. That’s the magic of experiencing those hardships and joys: you get to use them and inspire other things to evolve and be created from them. The way I write often comes from gibberish and humming, a very Blues and Jazz feel I use from my music background. I love to set a flow and cadence and then lay the words that will support that story. They are both as important to me. It’s again a super intuitive process and I try to stay open and not limit myself to recipes or forms that have worked before.
What else is happening next in MIMO’s world?
I am just very excited for things to unfold. I will be releasing my EP in New York at Heaven Can Wait on May 24th and then flying to Montreal to release it there on June 1st! I’d love to tour a bit this summer and land a few shows and continue to ride that Martian wave!
Thanks a milli!