ARTIST NAME: Mia Ferrari
SONG TITLE: Falling Stars
RELEASE DATE: 14th April 2020
GENRE: Pop, Commercial
Release Date: 14 April
Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.
‘Falling Stars’ was written and recorded in Los Angeles last December.
I wrote the melody with different lyrics at Ace Hotel in London.
The back vocals were created with Kevin Cho, at the end after recording to give more body to the song.
Inspired by One Republic.
Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.
It’s different for every artist. We all have a combination of different skills. When you zoom out, it’s the same rules as to becoming successful in any field.
Self-awareness – optimizing strengths and finding solutions for weaknesses. Focusing on one thing at a time.
Finding your identity in the industry and your WHY. Not be too hard on yourself as you can always do better and most of it ends up being luck. Just do it and have fun with it.
Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.
It’s been getting better and better. They are literally witnessing me learning – writing better, saving to record, and trying different release strategies. If I had the time, I’d share more.
In terms of streams for this song specifically, SoundCloud and YouTube got the most streams so far. Perhaps because not everyone can pay for Spotify.
Explain how to deal with fear on stage.
I get a bit nervous just before, but once on stage, it just feels natural. I like entertaining people, it’s fun.
Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.
It has become easier to produce your own songs, and not as expensive as it used to, to work with the best producers. Music costs a lot to make and doesn’t generate that much when you compare, so it is good that it happened, it gives an opportunity to talented people who don’t have much to invest in their career. But ideally, streaming would pay artists more so that more it could raise the quality of their music.
I’ve met extremely talented artists with tracks that could be outstanding but were not well mixed/produced and that often affects the response from the listeners.
Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.
I had a job for the first time ever during the second half of 2019. I took sick days off to fly over to a show in Portugal and got back the day after. I felt a bit like Clark Kent as no one at work had any idea I made music. I don’t work there anymore.
Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.
Interesting. I wanted to write some sort of anthem for people who are truly outstanding and never get recognition. Their “light starts to dim” because reality doesn’t always reward them as it should. Life isn’t always fair. I wanted to shine a light on that, sometimes all we need is someone to believe in us to keep us going until it finally happens.
Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.
I like sharing messages through the lyrics, and then putting them in a melody that sticks with you so that you don’t forget. I want mostly to share optimistic perspectives in life, I’ve written sad songs but only released one, perhaps the chorus was more EDM, it’s kind of brightened it up.
I like using metaphors in my lyrics. Sort of like encrypting the original message in a lighter concept. If you’d like to find the depth in it, it is there. If not, you can just enjoy the lightness in it.
Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics, and religion.
I think music is an extension of us, just like any other type of art it should be used to express ideas and perspectives in all areas – if that resonates with the artist. And to that artist, there will be an audience. The most important is to remain true to yourself. “Your vibe attracts your tribe.”
Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.
I was just thinking about this, this morning – ‘Falling Stars’ is that song. At least so far. I am genuinely happy I wrote it. I needed this song a few years ago.
I have some cards I write lines to inspire lyrics and one of them says “write about something that should not be forgotten” – I find that it keeps me focused on saying something new, something relevant, something that matters.
List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.
So many! I think Michael Jackson, despite the controversy, will hardly ever be forgotten. He was that legend.
Freddie Mercury is outstanding. Thinking outside the box and reinventing the way you create music and how you present it to the public is what brings us all alive. It’s epic and exciting. Once you’ve learned it all you must throw it all away and reinvent.
Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.
Wrong. Unnecessary? It’s sad that it happens, it’s an extra wall to breakthrough.
We can’t expect everyone, including those with a bit more power at a certain time, to have a good sense of what is right and wrong. Using adversity as fuel to make things happen could be a great thing. It might force you to be better than others in ways you thought it didn’t have to be like that. And that might be true but who cares if it is easy for others if you can only live it from your own shoes? This is what will make you a real legend. Perhaps once you get to the stage where people care about what you have to say you can share your story and help things to change.
Tell us your favorite books and state your reason.
My favorite books are the ones that inspire me to do things differently. I read The One Thing by Gary Keller on a flight back from New York to London and it truly changed my behavior and helped me focus on the most important things.
I have recently been listening to audiobooks with apps, The Dip by Seth Godin is good.
Tell us what triggers your creativity.
Human behavior, emotion, colors. How people react to each other. What hurts and what feels good. If I see something from a perspective I haven’t seen before, I’ll write something short and interesting that later, could end up in a song.
I write lyrics on different colored paper to remember how it felt like when I wrote it.
Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.
I save lines on my phone all the time. The way someone says something. The way someone makes me feel, mostly if new or if I can’t do anything about it. A line in a movie. A photo description on social media. A comment. An ad? Anything. I took this one from Invisible Man: “Can’t you just forget I ever existed? There is nothing left for you to take. You’ve already taken it all.”
Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.
I believe it is ‘Falling Stars.’ The one that performed best on streaming platforms last year was ‘Where U From,’ they really liked that song. I like it too. I changed the chorus of that song the hour before recording it. I’m glad I did it.
Tell us how you compose your song.
I start with the message and the metaphor, making sure I have enough room to move with the message without having to break out of the metaphor. ‘Sugar High’ and ‘Falling Stars’ are perfect examples of this. The melody changes a lot throughout. I record on my phone and play between my favorite songs on Spotify to see how it makes me feel. If it sticks in my head after recording, it’s usually a good sign.
Elaborate on the song.
Here’s the song’s backstory:
I wrote ‘Falling Stars’ with outstanding people in mind facing big challenges in their lives. My intent? Not let them quit.
“How can your story be left untold?” This song is about you, for you. You might have fallen, but that doesn’t change how amazing you are. You are important. A reminder that “the power in you no one can steal”. You might fall repeatedly, but you will, inevitably, never stop shining.
‘Falling Stars’ is being released earlier in reflection of COVID-19. For the healthcare workers, those keeping society together and functional, and all of us who have been self-isolating for too long.
Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
Mia Ferrari came as part of reinventing my presence online leaving the past behind and presenting something new to those who already knew who I was. Nothing particular about Ferrari, it just sounds good.