Hey, thank you! I’ve been great. I’ve recently gotten super into the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen videos. Claire Saffitz is an angel.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Formula”?
Formula is a playful commentary on modern day pop music that lives within the constraints of the genre while simultaneously breaking free of it.
One of the appeals of pop is that it is so formulaic and effortless to listen to but I want to explore its limits lyrically, in production, and through song arrangement. When writing Formula I was inspired by both Charlie Puth and Poppy – two artists I don’t think have ever been mentioned in the same sentence.
My hope is that Formula fulfills all of the elements we crave in a catchy pop song while also challenging the listener.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I had previously written a song called I Am Art that switched time signatures and didn’t follow the structure of your typical pop track. People felt challenged by it, while I was excited about exploring new territory. I didn’t like the idea that I had to stay within the constraints of a genre. Writing a catchy song was the furthest thing from my mind while creating I Am Art. The songwriting process itself had been cathartic and deeply personal. I wrote Formula as a response to this experience.
However, the next single will have a music video, which I am wildly excited about.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a lot of fun. This song has such a clean, bubbly and beachy production style and feels unlike anything else I’ve released. I experimented with a bunch of new plugins, and I actually got to engineer while my dad played guitar on the track! Usually the roles are reversed.
Lyrically, the first thing that came to me was the chorus: “Formulalalalala, drink it up it’s good for ya”. Then I thought “Hey! That’s kind of fun and creepy! I’m gonna use ‘baby’ wordplay throughout the verses and turn this song into an elaborate, almost sinister nursery rhyme!”
What role does NYC play in your music?
Growing up in NYC I was surrounded by art, culture and creativity, which has definitely inspired my eclectic taste in music. I grew up listening to Celtic songs, hard rock and everything in between while I also played classical violin for 9 years and studied acting for 5. I think that my classical, Celtic and theatre backgrounds remain very present in my songwriting. I try to keep the process experimental and exciting for myself. I never really know what I’m making until it’s complete.
I understand you are putting a series of singles – why this instead of a record?
I really believe that each of these 6 songs is worthy of “single” attention. It had been a while since I released something and instead of putting everything out there at once I loved the idea of a gradual EP release. When the idea for the tarot card cover art came to me, I loved it even more. Once all 6 songs are released, the project will be presented as a complete tarot card reading, which can be interpreted by the listener.
How did you come up with the idea of basing them on the tarot cards?
This past year learned a lot about tarot, magical energy, my own spirituality and the role that music plays in it. I wanted to honor that by selecting cards from The Major Arcana that I felt represented each song.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’ve been referring to the full body of work as Formularcana. All six singles should be out by June of 2020 J
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I’m revamping my live show. In the past I’ve played out solo using a DJ-like setup, and now I’m adding a drummer and guitar player as well. Hopefully, by early next year, I’ll have a small U.S. tour setup.
What else is happening next in Miranda’s world?
This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to explore the visual side of my music. When I hear music I experience synesthesia and photos and videos are a way for me to fully express my musical journey and my intention behind a song. I am so excited for my next release and for the music video that goes along with it.
Aside from music, I’ve decided to learn how to make my own ginger beer and ferment things and I think that will be a good time.