Get To Know Rapper-Singer Powerhouse MIMAH
With her latest EP 'Panacea' being released, Mimah is on the road to success this year. We catch up with the rising rapping, singing star to learn more about the process behind 'Panacea.'
So, we are loving the new EP! How come you've chosen a crocodile for your logo?
The Crocodile is my favourite animal because I am obsessed with dinosaurs, and crocs resemble dinosaurs for me. No ones gonna mess with a crocodile in the wild.
Absolutely. So your latest has five very different tracks, what's your songwriting process like?
My Songwriting process is super quick, but I have to be in the right mood to write. I find that if I'm under pressure than my best writing comes out too. I think if you cut out the process of thinking about it, then something more natural comes out.
Who are your top musical influences?
Lady Gaga, Gorrilaz, Professor Green, Bonobo, Deluxe, Sam Sparro.
Love those vibes. So, what is your favourite track from your latest EP and why?
It's so hard to pick a favourite as they're all my newborn babies, but I think Love Tears is extra special as it was the first track that gave me goosebumps when I heard it fully mastered.
Did you always know you wanted a career in music?
When I was a kid I had a thought once that being a pop star would be the dream although I quickly dismissed it as I couldn’t sing. Then I just figured life out for a bit and continued training in performing arts. Then worked in the corporate world and hated it so I just made the impulsive last-minute decision to audition for music uni and got in. I then started this MIMAH project and here we are.
What's your best live gig you've ever been to and why?
I’m torn between Bonobo and Lady Gaga as the best live gig I’ve ever been to. Bonobo just took me to a place I’ve never been before at a live gig. He is such a unique artist and the performance was nothing like I’ve ever seen or predict to see again. For Lady Gaga I think it’s self-explanatory why she was one of the best artists I’ve ever seen live. She needs no explanation.
You have such a versatile music style. When did you start rap?
I started rapping at the start of uni when my teacher asked me what made me unique and I said ‘rap’ before every giving it a go. I then had to prove that I could. - luckily I think that I’m starting to.
You most certainly are. 'Hot Sauce' is a freestyle - for those not familiar with rap culture, please explain what this means!
Freestyles are where you come up with lyrics off the top of your head without thinking about it. Usually whilst a track is playing. The verses on hot sauce were freestyled at home and I voice recorded my freestyle then chose the best ones for this track.
Well, it doesn't sound off the cuff - that's amazing! So, do you prefer rapping or singing?
I don’t prefer rapping or singing. They're both just different expressions for me and I never know which one will come out when I’m writing.
What inspires you to write a song?
I’m inspired by emotion and tend to only write when I’m in an intense state of one. This won’t always mean when I’m sad or mad- even just when I’m excited about something. I like writing dreamy, psychedelic lyrics that are quite cartoon-like.
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Listen to Mimah's EP 'Panacea' on Spotify HERE