Where are you from?
I am originally from Harbin, China but finished my education in Vancouver, BC. I now spend most of my time on the West Coast of the USA however today I am writing you from Bali, Indonesia where I am shooting some videos. It’s amazing here!
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
Narada Michael Walden (Billboard Music Top Ten All Time Producer -Whitney, Mariah, Aretha, Santana…). Before meeting Narada I wrote mostly easy listening. Now I also write Pop, Dance and even some Disco and Funk. It’s been so fun! Most of my new releases will be Narada produced songs.
Tell me about how your creation part begins, and how is your workflow?
I write from my own experiences or from other peoples stories. If they are deeply emotional experiences I can feel their stories in my core and that comes out as music. The melody often comes out complete just like a story – from a beginning to an ending. I do this mostly in my bathroom and lately I’ve discovered that is quite common among songwriters.
Where do you find inspiration?
In the beginning I wrote almost exclusively from my own difficult life but now I find that when I hear a touching story it will come out as music to me. From what I understand it is the same with other types of artists. When we have emotions they need to come out as paint or writing or in my case music.
When is your favorite time of day to create your music?
Morning time! Which is weird because I’m not a morning person. I find when I’m getting ready for the day my mind clears and I start being more in touch with my feelings and that can often results in music.
Describe how art is essential to society nowadays?
Wherever you go even if you can’t communicate in the local spoken language, put on a good song and everyone starts tapping their foot or dancing. I really enjoy that connection. Sadly I also think music is one of the last few things that we all have in common. Perhaps music will end up bringing us back together. Wouldn’t that be nice.
What motivates you to create?
Emotion. I have to be touched by something in order to create. That can be through a good movie, someone talking to me or even through a book, often times it is because of how something I see connects to my own life experience.
How do you define success as a music artist?
What I am not interested in is money or fame. I am interested in connecting with people. “Meaningful music for a difficult world.” That doesn’t mean everything is serious, it means I want people to escape if only for a moment. I want people to feel connected and that someone out there understands them. I want to give them a relief, an outlet. A metaphorical or literary hug. Everyone has so many stresses these days.
Does art help you in other areas of your life?
Absolutely. It has helped me immensely process through my own trauma and issues. That has helped my relationships as well as my peace.
How do you develop your art skills?
By working with other creative people. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to do some music with Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden of course and many others. Musicians truly love the gift of music and that energy is contagious and so much fun.
What is your next move?
I have 4 more singles coming out and my album “The Songs From The Living Room” in June 2024. There are three amazing music videos coming out in the next 30-60 days: Remember Me Again, I’m Not Afraid to Dream Again and Move Your Body Slowly which is a high energy dance song. They can be seen on my Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/@MiistTheSinger) or website www.miistthesinger.com.
Where will we see you in 5 years?
I will be enjoying my family and my Music. I hopefully will have a 2nd album out (I already have the songs). I want to be doing more amazing collaborations with musicians. Most of all I want to have a positive influence on all my listeners and to always be appreciative of this amazing gift I recently discovered I have.
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