MusicMafia presents Canadian songstress Mieke
When Mieke wrote her debut EP she thought she wrote these songs about someone else.
It turns out she needed to hear them most of all.
Mieke has been in problematic situations with producers and major labels over the last few years; either people tried to take the project in direction that felt artificial, or she had to sign on for a career without creative involvement. She needed to make something honest and raw. Something strange and vulnerable. Something thoughtful and free. Something that was authentic to where she’s at. For this EP Mieke worked with Don Kerr and Howie Beck (Feist, Hayden, Bahamas), people she trusts. Don records out of his house so they did the vocals in his dining room and the instruments in his basement. That let Mieke fully connect with the feeling she had wherever she wrote the songs- in Toronto, in Tokyo, in her small town high school, or in London- and to go back to that moment.
Mieke grew up in a forest in Ontario and spent much of her childhood wandering around out there recording songs on her little tape player. She’d mail them to radio stations with her autographed school picture and then listen eagerly to the radio expecting to hear them.
Mieke played shows for many years, but when she finished university she needed to make money somehow to focus on music. When she found out modeling could be a decent part time job, she started modeling and acting part time. Whenever Mieke travelled to make music or model, she learnt more about herself as an artist. These songs were largely written on these travels- in Tokyo, London, New York, and LA. Everywhere she goes changes her and helps her grow as an artist and a human. 🙂
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