Solo Musician Interview: Myla Vie

Tell me about yourself?
I am a singer, songwriter from Essex, England. I have been singing since I was very young and have always wanted to become a music artist since I was about 7 years old! 

What Instrument(s) do you play, if any? And how long have you been playing your respective instruments(s)?
I play a little guitar and piano, still working on my skills with them! 

Who are your biggest influences?
I would have to say Freddie Mercury, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, I think there are too many to list ha! 

What song(s) do you remember most from your childhood?
Michael Jackson, the earth song, was played a lot in my house. As well as Queen, Bon Jovi, Johnny Cash, my parents are very versatile with their music taste so they were always playing different albums and songs.

Do you perform covers and if so what’s your go to?
I love to perform billie eillish’s music, it seems to fit the tone of my voice. I also love to sing Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, etc. 

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I feel a lot of my music would be alternative R&b or dark pop. I like to cross genres to create something unique. 

Do you have a process for writing your songs?
Usually if I feel inspired I will try and write down whatever comes to my brain at that point. Sometimes I create the melody first, other times I already have an idea, play a note on guitar or piano and the lyrics just start flowing from there. 

Have you released any music yet, and if so how has it been received?
Yes I have released a few singles and an EP. I feel like I have had some very positive feedback from my music, however it is very hard getting your music heard when you are starting out. But with hard work and a lot of networking I hope to keep growing my audience and reach more fans! 

Are you planning any music releases for the near future?
Yes, I have a new song coming soon! This year I want to try and release as much music as possible! 

If you have released music, where can fans to be find it?
I am on Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes, Youtube. Most streaming platforms to be honest.

Do you have social media, if so please provide links?
Yes, I am mainly using Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
I have performed in a few bars around Essex. I think so far my favourite venue has to be Essex Live Lounge which is now at coco’s in southend. They make it look so professional. 

Do you have any gigs in the near future, and if so where and when?
Only a few open mics at the moment. I am hoping to book some more gigs this year and also start busking in London!

How do you balance your music with other obligations?
I try to prioritize things, if it is a special occasion then that comes first, but I like to spend most of my time grinding away either making music, recording, writing, booking in interviews or doing open mics. When you are an independent artist you have to learn how to do these things yourself, I have big goals so I like to work hard towards making them happen. 

Following on from that question, what has been your biggest challenge as a performer and have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
I would have to say fear of failure and confidence. I had a terrible habit of always comparing myself to others and also being very harsh on myself. I still struggle some days, however I know how to get myself out of that mindset and push forward. It took a while and a lot of hard work, also therapy helped me as well, but I feel like the more I grow as an artist, the more I learn how to deal with it better. 

What advice do you have for beginners?
Believe in yourself, even if no one else does. Don’t give up on your dreams. Work hard but give yourself downtime otherwise you will burn those creative juices out! Look after your mental health whilst achieving your goals. 

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, living or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Absolutely Freddie Mercury. I would love to hear some advice from him as a music artist. He seems like such an interesting person in his interviews. Also we both love cats so I feel like we would have been very good friends ha!

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