It’s an understatement to say that Mija is a creature of evolution. Ever since rising to EDM superstardom back in the mid-2010s, she has since also proved her immense songwriting and vocals chops – her electronic-pop sound full of depth and heart.
And that’s not even the half of it. Mija released her highly-anticipated debut album Desert Trash earlier this year, which features the staggering contributions of vocals, songwriting, guitar, piano and production from the artist herself – veering wildly between soft-spoken love songs to thumping drum and bass.
Her live tour “Band Tour” sees her play and perform instruments for the first time – an experiment of sorts. And before each album show, fans are privy to an art exhibition which features new and original pieces created by Mija. One thing is clear. She is not someone to rest on her laurels.
We caught up with Mija and talked learning and collaborations…
What was the moment you realise you wanted to make music?
The first time I realised I wanted to make music was a very little girl. My aunt would babysit me and we would write songs together. My grandpa, who is a drummer, would also babysit me and we would play pretend “band” together. Those were some of the first memories I have that allowed me to experience the tangibility and thrill of creating music.
What genre is your music?
Where do you get your inspirations from?
People, places, things. Nouns, mostly.
Your shows are quite an immersive personal experience, spanning art and first times – why is this important to you?
People like escapism, but I think it’s also important to stop and allow yourself to feel things introspectively in group settings.
Your “Band Practice” tour saw you performing instruments live for the first time on stage – why is it important to go through this with your fans and viewers present?
Because that’s how you get better. That’s how you learn. It’s the pressure and reps you keep under your belt that will fast-track your skills.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Nicolas Jaar, Bridgette Fontaine, Poppy, Syd.
What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever had on your music?
“Don’t add anything”.
What has been your biggest pinch-me moment so far?
Pretty much anytime someone I super artistically admire validates me in whatever-type of way.
What’s next for you/what are you excited about?
I’m just happy to be here. Stoked to be on the road touring my new music. I’ll probably make more music after this, and then do it all again.