Artist Interview: “Mermaids” by Mythie

Q: “Mermaids” is a hypnotic journey and I’m here for every moment of it! Can you walk me through your creative process in making this track? 

Mythie: I’ve wanted to set Emily Dickinson’s sonnet ‘Soul take thy risk’ to music for a long time. During the first confinement, a melody came into my head and I thought about this sonnet; that was the starting point. I was confined and I was looking after my baby 24 hours a day and I wanted to talk about fatigue, about female burn-out and I came across this text by Anais Nin (“I must be the most tired woman in the word”) which really resonated with me.

Q: You mention female musicians such as FKA Twigs and Björk influenced the type of music you create, but you have such a distinct sound! In your own words, how would you describe the music you typically create?

Mythie: I really like the collage technique: I have fun messing around with samples I record, voices of people that inspire me, melodies and lyrics that I’m obsessed with, and I build from this assemblage around a theme. I really like the narrative potential of sounds, how it reminds us of memories. And I’ve always loved electronic sounds. So I guess I’m trying to create a kind of electronic poetry.

Q: Was there a pivotal moment in your life when you decided to follow your path as a musician?

Mythie: I’ve always made music but I was a philosophy teacher first and I knew right away that it wasn’t right for me. I quit after 3 weeks and then I got into music production and it’s been a long but fascinating road. 

Q: I read that you have worked with French musicians Dominique A and Wax Tailor; what was the biggest piece of advice you took from them?

Mythie: Yes it was opening acts and backing vocals but it was mostly with Chapelier fou that I had the chance to work on my project and he taught me the rigor (I tend to be very unorganized) that is so important when you make music on a computer. 

Q: Tell me a little about the music scene in France! Is there a favorite venue of yours that you like to perform at?

Mythie: I really like unusual places, last summer I played in a festival in the cloister of a 12th century abbey and the audience was lying in deckchairs, it’s a very good memory 

Q: What’s next for you? Any projects in the works?

Mythie: The next step is the release of my first EP in October “Until the fight”. It’s the first part of a dyptic around the theme of inner animals, conceived as an initiatory journey. I also created the music for the show Babypop, an electronic music concert for babies in which I play with a hip hop dancer, I can’t wait to play it again. 

Q: Parting words to your fans?

Mythie: I would love to hear from you!

Photo credits: Marianne Hell

Written by: Melissa Cusano

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