Mimo is a Montreal-born, New York-based music artist. When it comes to music, flowing and witty poetry, Neo-Soul—with an alternative R&B feel may be the closest terms to define her sound. Mimo’s style is a blend of heartfelt music and story telling, reflecting her essence: something she casually calls “Street Jazz.”
Her new EP Mars Took Over is a first time collaboration with Automatic Records (NJ) featuring producers from the east coast. This body of work is an ode to her duality and fluency between singing and rapping. Every song is embodied by a facette of the artist, showcasing her identity unapologetically. The project displays the intricacies of a Montreal girl living in New York, brushed with themes of loss, solitude, empowerment and discernment. When Mars takes over, it means that you fully welcome who you are and stand in your power.
We had a quick chat with Mimo all about the EP, her influences, creative process and more. Read the Q&A below.
Hi Mimo! How are you? What does a typical day look like for you at the moment?
“I’ve been super busy working and pushing this EP out. So a typical day, lately, has been me prepping, emailing and coordinating everything for the drop. Lots to do, but I’m surrounded by the finest people and team. Oh, and lots of meditation to stay grounded, aha!”
For anyone that may be discovering you here for the first time, please tell us a bit about you and your sound, how you got into music and who you are influenced by.
“I would say that my sound reflects a lot of influences and moods, but I’m always interested in my truth and to write from a place of authenticity. My music is Hip Hop, it’s R&B, it’s Neo Soul, but it is also moving and growing outside of these spectrums. Some of my music heroes and sheroes go from Prince to Slick Rick to Erykah Badu, but also Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and Jacques Brel.”
You’ve just released your new EP Mars Took Over. What can you tell us about the record? How does it compare with your previous releases and what do you hope fans/listeners take away from it?
“This body of work is definitely an embodiment of my singing and rapping essence. It’s unapologetic, it’s sweet but stings. I see it as a very raw and unfazed continuation of my craft. Mars is the planet of assertiveness and movement, and I wanted to welcome that power more lyrically. Let it take over me. I hope it also inspires others to harness their own power and vocalize who they truly are.”
What was your creative process for Mars Took Over like? What did you enjoy most about it? Any challenges?
“My writing process is always very intuitive and the songs pretty much write themselves when I get inspired by melodies and music productions. I was supported by amazing beats from Adriatic and Strange Dust and so it was a great combination.
“There was a lot of back and forths in terms of finding the perfect balance between music and storytelling, cause I’m also very specific about how I want to sound. I’m a bit of a pain about details, aha.
“I wrote the EP between New York and Montreal, which brings back the duality I’m carrying through the project. My single ‘An Introduction’ showcases that rocking motion between French and English. Singing and rapping: two entities and cities who burn within me.”
Finally, what else is next for you? Any shows coming up?
“I’m lucky enough to have two release parties, one in New York and one in my hometown. I’m so excited to see how everything unfolds, but I’m hopeful to tour and perform this new material all through the summer. Just overall very grateful and optimistic about what is coming for me!”