MIRI is coming to play our Unplugged night at the Old Queen’s Head this Thursday 22 August! We got to know her better with our 10 questions …
1. For people who’ve not heard you play live before, what can we expect from you at the LOUD WOMEN gig?
Grit and sound vibes
2. Which is your favourite song to play and why? Tell us about it …
At the moment it’s a cover of Girls Just Want To Have Fun. It feels really powerful to perform and allows me to vent emotionally about inequality. Sony have given me clearance to release it so I’m looking forward to getting it out there to more people.
3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please, and fill in the blanks:
“My sound is like the lovechild of _Edith Piaf_ and _Amy Winehouse_ with a bit on the side from _Paolo Nutini_”
4. What’s your proudest musical moment to date?
Everything feels a bit of a blur at the moment but the success and positive response from my Soundbites EP I feel pretty proud of. It’s the first full project I’ve co produced and I’ve received amples of love from fans and press like yourselves + Clash Magazine, London In Stereo, Jasmine Dotiwala at BBC London and Fubar Radio.
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Friends Like These by Danny Wallace. I remember laughing out loud when I read it. And These Days by Nico cos it’s heart wrenchingly beautiful and bittersweet.
6. Who inspires you?
Patti Smith. I love how she follows creativity. When I was at a real low point a few years back I decided to live the year in the spirit of Patti Smith. I had many adventures.
8. What are your musical goals?
I’d love to perform my music at Glastonbury and on the Jools Holland Show.
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your music right now?
My new EP Soundbites is out digitally and I’m playing Greenbelt Festival Sunday 25th August.
10. Pass the mic – who are your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.
1. Kate Nash – I recommend her documentary Underestimate The Girl. She’s gone through some real rough times as an artist and hasn’t given up.
2. Paolo Nutini – I love his voice and track Iron Sky, it resonates so much truth and power.
3. Bikini Kill – I saw their show at the 02 Brixton Academy. Pure legends. They create a positive environment for womxn to feel free and empowered.
4. Yolanda Charles – Yolanda is musical royalty and she kindly said yes to playing bass on two of the tracks on my Soundbites EP.
5. Nia Wyn – Nia’s voice is unique and raw. Her songs are hard hitting and honest.