Hi Mimika, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! I’m great, thanks for having me. I hope you all have been staying safe and healthy.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bourbon”?
For sure, “Bourbon” is one of the two tracks on my latest mixtape My Feelings Hurt. It’s a story about a relationship that had a bit of a messy ending. We both knew it was going down and I had definitely initiated the break-up but I still felt like I was lacking closure with the whole thing. The song is basically a dive into the messy and twisted feelings that came with it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
So the event the song is about actually happened a few months prior to me writing it. I didn’t even realize I was still hung up on it or needed to talk about it until I sat down at the piano one day and basically ¾ of the finished song just poured out.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
So fun! The entire experience was amazing and so perfect. The director and producer are some of my best friends and we’ve collaborated multiple times. When I went to them with the idea for a Burlesque themed video and basically forced them to watch the movie they were so on board and supportive. We all got on the same page super fast and we just worked so well together.
The single comes off your new album My Feelings Hurt – what’s the story behind the title?
The title came really organically. I was listening to the two songs on loop for a bit trying to make sure I felt good about the pairing and trying to draw out that thread that tied them both together. Then I started paying more attention to the line in Bourbon “Still got my feelings hurt,” and I was just like “that’s it!” I think taking it out of context of the song itself works so perfectly for both “Feel Again” and “Bourbon” and wrapped up the theme of the mixtape in a nice little bow.
How was the recording and writing process?
I know I keep saying this but it’s because it’s so true, the whole process was really organic and easy, like it was just meant to be. I worked on this mixtape with two of my favourite people, Matt Kahane and Quin Kiu, based here in Toronto. We wrote “Feel Again” at the top of this year and had so much fun getting really emo with it and leaning into the helplessness and raw energy that it has. I wrote the first version of it at home on the piano on a super emotional day for me, just after New Years, and the guys loved it when I brought it to the studio. “Bourbon” didn’t come until during quarantine, I think we started it in May. We first worked on it during a Zoom session (I can’t wait until I never have to say Zoom again) and then once it was safe to do so again we picked it up in the studio.
What role does Ontario play in your music?
Being from Ontario and spending my time in cities like Toronto has exposed me to so many styles of music. It’s amazing, living in a city as culturally diverse as Toronto, there’s inspiration literally waiting everywhere for you to find it.
What were some of the feelings you explored on this record?
I really wanted to explore the feelings of exasperation, helplessness and overall just feeling really tired of everything in this project. I usually try to write sad songs with an uplifting or hopeful ending and this time I just gave into letting these emotions pull me down for a bit. And truthfully, I think the songs came out better because of it. Sometimes you just need to allow yourself to ride out the emotions you’re feeling and they aren’t always going to come with a dash of hope or happiness at the end.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I find a lot of inspiration in movies, music videos, and books. I also make an absurd amount of pinterest boards. I find that I work better when I have a full visual picture of the sonic world I’m trying to create.
What else is happening next in Mimika’s world?
I dropped the music video for “Bourbon” so that’s been pretty exciting! I’m also working on finishing up the third mini mixtape which is coming out at the beginning of next year so I’ve been nice and busy with that! I’m just excited to be back in creative mode for the next few months and keep working to make the best music that I can!