Some days I feel so fortunate to have stumbled into a career that I feel passionate about and love. And getting to interview artists and write about new music is not really a job most days. This was one of those times, where it was more fun than work. I am so pleased to present to you someone whose passionate about her craft is second to none. So here is Mimi Page!
Lemonade Magazine: Hi, Mimi! What have you been up to for the last couple years?
Mimi Page: After Breathe Me In, I took a brief hiatus writing songs for myself and focused on collaborating with other artists and scoring independent films. I performed my song “Butterfly” live with Bassnectar at some epic venues around the country! I am currently in the final stages of scoring my friend Zak Bagan’s feature documentary, “The Demon House,” which should be coming out next year. I’ve also written several songs with one of my favorite video game composers Inon Zur, and our collaboration in the new Dungeons and Dragons game, “Sword Coast Legends,” just got nominated for a HMMA award!
LM: How does scoring differ when you are collaborating on a project like a video game or a movie versus songwriting for your solo work?
MP: I kind of live in the soundtrack of my own life. I’m constantly crafting themes whenever I’m around magnetic people or am going through emotional events. Life is my main inspiration so scoring film is a dream to me, especially when I get to contribute to an actor’s performance and enhance the emotional stakes of a scene.
LM: And what is it like working composer Inon Zur?
MP: Working with Inon has been a dream. I am the hugest Fallout fan, not just because the game is so amazing, but because his score is so phenomenal and enhances my gaming experience. He’s able to build these incredibly rich and emotional worlds, and co-creating with him and being allowed such creative flexibility has been one of the best collaborative experiences I’ve had thus far.
LM: Speaking of your work with Inon Zur, what was your reaction to receiving the nomination for the HMMA award?
MP: Being nominated with Inon was a very surreal and inspiring feeling. When you’re working with an artist who you respect that much, your main goal is executing your end of the collaboration the absolute best you can. I’m extremely proud of myself that I’ve grown enough in my craft where something magical like this is possible.
LM: Tell us a little bit about the build up to The Ethereal Blues album and how you came up with the “dream-pop” sounds.
MP: The whole process of creating music is a magical enigma to me that I continually try to explore and figure out. My music is an energy that I feel, and I try and translate that feeling into sound the best I can. The sounds I create are the closest I can get to expressing the feelings I have inside me when I’m in a complete state of inner peace. I really allowed The Ethereal Blues to write itself and come when it wanted to instead of forcing it out. The songs needed to evolve just like I needed to as a person, and in time we finally reached a point where we were ready to let each other go.
LM: There is an overall story arc throughout the album, could you please tell us a little bit more of the story?
MP: The Ethereal Blues is kind of like my symphony to God, and the journey of how I reconnected with my spirituality. From start to finish, this album was like a compass for me where I started out feeling completely lost and somehow ended up finding my way back home. We all have different interpretations of what God is, and mine is that it’s an eternal loving energy that never gives up on you. It’s the very thing that still connects all of us to each other even when there’s so much pitting us against each other because of our differences. Music is the universal language that we can all understand, no matter who we are or what we look like. Whatever peace and serenity that is able to musically work through, me even on my darkest days, is the driving force of this entire record.
LM: Do you have any plans to promote this album with a tour?
MP: Right now I’m only performing locally in Los Angeles, but am definitely planning on something awesome in 2016!
LM: We are looking forward to those awesome plans! Thank you again, Mimi! It’s been an absolute pleasure!
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