Tell us everything will need to know about you.
My name is Mia LJ, a 20-yr-old female multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer. I’ve been playing music since the age of five years old.
State your favorite genre of music and your reason.
I honestly don’t have a favorite genre. I vibe with so many different sounds, so it’s impossible to narrow one.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
Being 20 years old, I’ve been playing music for 15 years now, completely self-taught. I started with guitar at five years old and began to experiment with drums, piano, bass, songwriting, and singing all by the age of 10 years old. At 13 years old, I started recording professionally and have been honing my skills as a mixing/mastering engineer since.
Tell us the theme of your song.
As we all do, I struggled to control my mental health state throughout my youth. Upon going to college at 16 years old, I attempted to harness the power of my mind through drug experimentation. At first, my goal with this song/visual was to reveal the similarities between two of the most notorious drugs in history — love & pain killers. Years later, I’ve come to realize that no comparison can be drawn between these two highs. You can overdose on painkillers but never on love because the strength (magnetic force) of your heart is factually more than 5,000 times as powerful as your brain. The message behind the song: if you seek the ultimate high, true fulfillment in life, use the greatest drug of all time — love. Disregard gender, race, religion, sexuality, all the labels that the brain has created to understand things only our hearts can and use your heart. It’s probably a lot easier than you think mainly because YOU DON’T HAVE TO THINK. The keys are knowing and being.
Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.
Honestly, most artists don’t do this, but it’s a key part of this journey to success — I owe thanks to myself for staying strong through years of sacrifice and trusting the process. I’d also like to thank every single producer and engineer that has ever helped me in the studio. I’m able to create music I’ve dreamt of making as a child on a daily basis because of these people. I’ve also received a ton of support from those who listen to music. I am able to manifest my dreams on a daily basis because of those who simply hit play on a song/video so massive thanks to YOU! I also have an amazing team of advisors – Jesse Rhodes Jr., Wendy Escobar, and Simon Broch. There are no words to express my gratitude for this team as they guide me through the business on a day-to-day basis.
Tell us about your future goals.
Plans for the future include a North American and European tour. I’ve been dreaming of achieving this goal for years now, so I’m beyond excited to hit the road! I’m also prepping for the release of my debut album, “This Livin”. My goal with this project has been to deliver every vibe that listeners may crave ranging from R&B, Alternative, Rock, Pop, Blues, and more while maintaining artistic consistency. I am so eager to serve up more tunes for you!
Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.
Religion and politics don’t exist in my mind. I try not to leave space for irrational biased perceptions in life.
Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.
Every single day fans message me from around the world. Whether they aspire to create art, establish a business independently, or just love the way the music makes them feel, it’s crazy to grasp the reality of people being inspired to take action in their lives let alone affect the way people feel through sound. I am so grateful I have been granted this opportunity to change the world for the better.
Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.
I’ve seen society’s understanding as to why music must be purchased completely dissipate. As an artist, producer, and business owner it’s shocking to see the masses disregard the needs and worth of people they love, people they practically worship as fans.
State the artists you cherish most and your reason.
Amy Winehouse – her vocal pitch during live performances was practically perfect. RIP BABY.
Coldplay – their stage design and overall artistry are beyond inspiring.
Paramore – their unified energy is always top-notch.
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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.
Personally, songwriting is a very subconscious process where lyrics simply flow out of me in sync with the sounds that support them. I pull inspiration from my experiences regarding what it’s like to manifest your dreams, fall in love, and realize synchronicity within the universe.
Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.
I recently started collaborating with other artists/producers heavily. I’m currently working on a dope cinematic audiovisual project with a brand new artist who goes by the name, ArchrFox. We’re dropping a two-part single being accompanied by a music video called “Human” x “Love Bomb” on February 9th, tying into Valentine’s Day. His artistry, creative concept, and lyricism are all so moving. I also compose and produce for various artists on a daily basis. Composing and producing independently is sacred to me, but I can’t deny my love for creating greatness with others. It’s an awesome feeling to help mold something so many people can be proud of and work towards a goal with like-minded individuals.
Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the kind of music with a genuine message that inspires them.
I think when making music, creating something that inspires people to dance, feel, or take action on any level is what truly drives artists. Making music for yourself is always fun. But once you consistently achieve greatness, inspiring others to do the same is a major focus.
Tell us what you know about copyright.
I’ve registered copyrights for all of my material to date. Securing a copyright is very significant in order to prove your music is truly yours once released to the public. Personally, retaining the rights to my music is very important to me.
Discuss the impact of a Performing Right Organization.
PROs have an incredible impact on my music career. I feel more insured knowing a formal organization records the use of my music by others ranging from covers officially released via iTunes, Spotify, etc. to licensing/sync for use in television, film, commercials, etc., and much more. Without my PRO I’d have no way of ensuring I am compensated for the music I have invested my entire life in ultimately.
Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.
I normally write on guitar or piano. I also compose and produce using midis for digital production. I never have an idea in mind when writing for my solo projects as I prefer to allow that material to flow naturally. When working with others, we normally reference a couple of vibes we both dig and dive into creating from there.
Go into detail on the recording process of this song.
The process behind production for “Ambiguous” will always have a stamp on my mind. This was my first time digitally producing (using software instruments). The instrumental came along incredibly quickly. I actually produced a majority of the song in Garageband. Recording vocals was one of the most difficult feats in my career thus far. At the time of vocal production, I was diagnosed with severe nodules. The pain experienced when talking let alone singing was unbearable. It felt like my throat was being grated every time I’d swallow. However, I have always pushed through the pain. It was a learning experience in so many ways, from self-care to recording in line with obligations. I’m really proud of the final product. I never thought I’d be making vibes with a sound design such as “Ambiguous”.
Discuss your music performance.
My live shows are a source of indescribable energy. The live band and I have a great time shredding together. When performing, I tend to feel like I completely lose myself in the crowd, but really that’s when I find myself, entering a complete state of being.
Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.
Iconic. Legendary. Immortal.