INTERVIEW: MIYA MIYA

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey Guys, yeah we’re doing really good thanks! We’ve had to switch up the way we work a bit due to lockdown, but we’re healthy and safe. Zoom has been our best friend.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single Underwater?

We’re so hyped Underwater is finally out and it’s amazing to see the support people have been giving it. We finished it about a year ago, so it’s been quite the build up for us to share it with everyone.

It’s about figuring out what you really want to do, and not letting anyone else persuade you that you can’t.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Underwater was actually the first track we wrote together for the band. We were at a place where we were throwing everything into it and leaving our day jobs. We wanted to write a song that represented how we were feeling; treading into the unknown, but excited about the possibilities.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

What a question! We all agree that it was one of the best experiences we’ve had, from coming up with the original concept, to the three days shooting. It was an amazing few weeks from shoot to final edit, and we were so fortunate that so many people wanted to get involved and help bring our vision to life.

The majority of it was shot by our friend’s over at CP Creatives, who absolutely smashed it, but we actually shot the underwater stuff ourselves with a go pro, some snorkels and a 10m water tank.

How was the recording and writing process?

We normally like to hang out in our home studio and write and produce the song as we go, but this time we did it slightly differently. We crammed all our instruments into the studio and jammed it out. We were so hyped that we stayed up all night and recorded it.

What role does the UK play in your music?

We all grew up in different parts of the UK, so we feel lucky that music has brought the four of us together. On top of that, a lot of our favorite artists that inspire us are from the UK so it feels amazing to be a part of it. We have such a strong musical community here and it’s been incredible to see everyone working together in this difficult time.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you’re working for someone else rather than working on your own?

We are always subconsciously writing from a place that’s personal to us, so it tends to be a very similar process. Even when we think we are writing about something unrelated to us, we normally realise how personal it actually is when we listen back.

How has Jeff Buckley and The Chainsmokers influenced your writing?

We love the way Jeff Buckley used his music to tell stories, and love how classic and relevant his lyrics still feel today. We try to channel our inner Jeff when writing our own songs.

When we first heard Roses by the Chainsmokers, it felt so fresh and exciting. They inspire us to always try something new, and not stick to the rules in our own songwriting and productions.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

We’ve got some things in the pipeline that we’re really excited about, so keep an eye/ear out. We’ve just finished our debut EP which should be out this summer.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We have a single coming out very very soon.

What else is happening next in MIYA MIYA’s world?

Right now we’re still in lockdown, but we can’t wait to be re-united as a band so we can start working on the live side again. Until then we’ll be draining the home internet video calling each other.

BUY / STREAM

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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