Q: After being the leading lady for a rock band you just started releasing music as a solo artist. How has that process been?
MIRIAS: When the pandemic happened, all rehearsals with my two other bands stopped. Of course, I still wanted to make music. For quite some time, I’d been sitting on some ideas for songs that weren’t right for the bands but that I definitely wanted to explore. So I decided to turn a couple of those ideas into demo versions of songs and sent those to Pascal Oorts from The Tapelab. I had previously taken some Ableton classes with him and was impressed with his producing skills, so I thought I’d just give it a try and ask him what he thought about my ideas. He was interested in working together and asked me to make even more demos and that’s how Mirias started. It’s been great to finally work on those ideas I’ve been having and it feels good to do something that is entirely your own, to create your own very personal sound. And it’s especially wonderful when people then tell you that they really like a song.
Q: Where was your current project recorded?
MIRIAS: I’ve self-released two songs so far, Rush and Don’t Look Back. Both of them were produced and recorded at The Tapelab in Antwerp. Pascal Oorts is a talented producer and he makes an effort to really understand the sound you’re going for, the vision you have in your head for your music project. So that’s a great way to work on music.
Q: In your own words, how would you describe your music?
MIRIAS: I’d say that my songs want to draw the listener in. When you hear the song, I want you to float on the melody and kind of be swept off to a different place. The music usually has a kind of dark, melancholic undertone that reflects the themes I write about, which are mostly rooted in myth, mystery and legend.
Q: Would you like to collaborate with anyone? If so who and why?
MIRIAS: I listen to a lot of different music genres, ranging from indie pop to doom metal and there’s just so many great musicians out there. If I had to pick an international artist, I would probably choose A.A. Williams. I once went to a concert that she was the supporting act for. Her music immediately pulled me in and really made a lasting impression. I also think Chelsea Wolfe is a really interesting artist – that could be a very nice collaboration as well. Closer to home The Black Heart Rebellion and Echo Beatty come to mind.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
MIRIAS: I love to be able to pour all my creativity into a song and I really enjoy it when you see that people really feel and appreciate your music.
Q: What is coming next for you?
MIRIAS: I’m currently working on an EP, which is really exciting. And as soon as that’s released, I’ll be looking for opportunities to play live.
Interviewed by Stephanie Pankewich