RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LA ARTIST MIA MORMINO
What made you decide to start to become a soloist?
I decided to become a solo artist around 16, when I wrote my first song, “Conflicted”! I’ve always been a creative individual, so creating my own original music seemed like such a fantastic way to express all that I feel and all I’ve experienced.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
From elementary school to middle school, I was in choir, chorus, and all the school musicals/plays! Not to mention all of the talent shows, some of which you can find on YouTube!
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
No offense, but the “how did you start” questions get repetitive only because they are always the first question asked! Obviously, they are critical questions since the readers don’t know anything about me. Still, it gets annoying to type over and over again, haha!
We set up RGM USA to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Absolutely! I love this idea! Why not share good music when you hear it!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
To be honest, not really!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I tried to keep the useless spending to a minimum since I didn’t have the regular income from the multiple pre-pandemic jobs, but! I definitely had some weak moments where I splurged and got something to make the quarantine days feel a little less awful!
What useless party trick do you have?
I can make a really loud clicking noise with my tongue! Haven’t had a reason to use it, but people think it’s cool when I do it, haha!
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
That’s a great question! The most fun I’ve had on stage was probably at my recent sold-out show at The Viper Room. That was the biggest audience I’ve performed for, so the energy was unmatched. I also loved what I wore, which made it even more exciting!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Luckily I haven’t had any horrible experiences thus far, but I have had a few shows where the sound was so bad that I could barely hear myself, and the audience could barely hear me. The sound engineer is crucial when it comes to having a great show.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
Despite my bubbly, positive energy when you meet me in person, I struggle with severe major depressive disorder! I share my experiences through my music and social media, but you would never know if I hadn’t told you.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I would say my music is like one massive bowl of soup. There are ingredients of angst, sorrow, empowerment, and seduction. But regardless of the song style, the themes of authenticity and honesty are constant throughout.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I sing and speak about the shit people don’t like talking about. No matter how dark, private, or scary the topic is, I will bring it to the surface, so you know you aren’t alone.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
At this very moment, my acne. I’m so tired of it, ESPECIALLY when I’m at an age where typically you shouldn’t have it anymore.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My favorite song to play live is probably my single, “Stick-Up,” because it has jazzy elements that cater to my older audience members while still being upbeat enough for my younger audience. It brings all walks of life together, and that’s exactly what I love most about what I do. I have a ton of videos of it live on my Youtube channel!
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yes! “Joan of Arc” is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever created. It’s so cinematic and grand, which is a direction I plan on taking all of my music. Originally the song was called “Burn,” but my previous release is called “Burning Hell,” so I didn’t want two titles with the word “burn”. My producer, Karo, was like, “One time Led Zepplin named a song based on a place in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ even though the song had nothing to do with the book.” So that sparked the idea to look up powerful/influencial women in history and bam! there was Joan of Arc. When I saw her name, I immediately was like yep this is the new name of the song.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
So, “Joan of Arc” was actually for a sync project that Karo and I did. They wanted a bold song for a movie trailer, so think very cinematic and something that would sound great in a theater. So after the project was done, I was like, okay, I NEED to release this as my own artist project it’s exactly where I want to go with my sound.
What was the recording process like?
So fun!!! Karo and I have worked on many tracks together, so recording/creating them is always a blast. He’s incredible to work with, and I’m very thankful our paths have crossed.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Probably writing for something as universal yet specific as a movie trailer. The lyrics need to tell a story but one that can be understood and applied to a variety of people, visuals, etc.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Nope! I’m a perfectionist, so no stone goes unturned when creating my music. I’m the type who will ask to go back into the session even if it’s been mixed/mastered if I hear something that doesn’t sit well with me. It takes time, but it’s worth it.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
To create more art from a place of genuineness and honesty, but honesty within myself. As I grow and mature, there’s so much I continue to discover about who I am and why I am the way that I am, and I want my music to constantly reflect that. It’s not always going to be pretty, but it’s what makes me “me.”
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
SUPPORT SMALL ARTISTS. It means the world to us, and any form of support (listening to our music, watching our music videos, sharing our posts, etc.) goes a very long way!!!!