MNÁSOME spoke to the formidable Mimi Lane who will be one of the many acts featured at this year’s BIMM Live showcase on Friday 8th June. Mimi has lots in the pipeline including supporting fellow graduate St. Bishop in the Liquor Rooms and working on putting out her first release, coming soon!
When did you first get into music?
If you’re to get really specific, the first song I ever sang was The Hallelujah Chorus when I was 3 years old! I arrived at my aunties house in Dublin, in the car with my mom, I recognised the house and started belting out the gospel tune! That’s the first time my mom ever heard me sing!
But I really got into music when I was 14, I got the part of Eponine in Les Miserables and played the part for two years. From there, I started writing piano instrumentals and sang my heart out any opportunity I got!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Dua Lipa, Sigrid, Anne Marie, Jorja Smith, Julia Michaels and Sia. But I’ll always be listening to my old favourites like Amy Winehouse and Jeff Buckley.
What drives you to write and perform?
Emotion. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a drama queen. I feel so deeply and I write to express the deepest, darkest parts of my soul. Dark, I know… that’s why I’d describe my songs as Dark Pop! I sing to feel the colour in my heart, my voice produces very unique sounds and I use that to represent my personality and how I feel when I sing.
What women inspire you in your music career?
As cliche as it is, my mom is my biggest inspiration – she taught me how to love, how to express myself and how to respect. She’s my best friend. My friends Dearbhaile and Thea. The strongest women I know. Musically, I would have to say Amy Winehouse, Adele and Sia are my biggest inspirations. They sing from the soul.
Who among your fellow BIMM graduates would you recommend going to see at this year’s BIMM Live?
Super duper excited to see upcoming babydoll, Katie O’Connor. I’ll be playing keys and singing backing vocals for her and her music is so groovy and sexy. Definitely one to watch!
More details on BIMM Live 2018 can be found here.