Music Interview: Mythie

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We were lucky enough to catch up with the musician Mythie following the superb release, ‘Mermaids’. Read the full interview now!

Hi Mythie, tell us about yourself?

My name is Domitie; I am a French musician, singer and composer. I like to produce my music from home, with my computer, my voice and little instruments.

What is your songwriting process?

It’s always the same process: I hear a melody in my head and feel emotion at the same time.

I often rush to record it (often singing into my phone), so I don’t forget it, and if I can, I work on it right away and try to go as far as possible.

From there, it can be a long process: I go in search of the right sounds, rhythms, and complimentary melodic lines, and at the same time, I try to identify the story I want to tell.

Sometimes I go to the end, and it becomes a song; sometimes, it stays just an idea on my phone.

Tell us about your latest release, ‘Mermaids’?

My last release is the live session video of my song ‘Mermaids’. It’s a song about female burn-out, but it’s also a tribute to all the female artists who inspired me. And among these women, there is Clara Rockmore, a theremin player that I have listened to a lot.

So it was completely magical to be able to play this song with the theremin player Charlotte Dubois, in this magnificent church in Belgium managed by the artist collective ‘le Garage’ and with the team of Attic Addict who shot the video. A real dream team!

You produced ‘Mermaids’ too; what was that process like?

As always, in the beginning, alone at home with my computer. I start with a melody and a theme, and I have fun experimenting with sounds, rhythms, ideas, and effects and, if possible, let myself be surprised by the machine. And then, I finished in a Parisian studio with Xavier Leloux, with whom I worked on the production and mixing of the whole EP.

‘Mermaids’ is taken from the upcoming EP, ‘Until The Fight’. Can you tell us any more about the forthcoming release?

This is the first part of a diptych (Until the fight/ Become a dance) conceived as an initiatory journey.

Each song symbolizes an animal, like animal totems in shamanism. In the song mermaids, it is the figure of the fish woman who swims in the depths.

This first EP, ‘Until The Fight,’ will be released on the full moon of November, but there will be other singles before, always for the full moon.

You worked with Marianne Hell on the photos for the release; what was the collaborative process like?

She came to my house, and we did the shoot in my studio. I wanted an atmosphere that was both electric and lunar, a bit mystical but still very simple. We listened to ‘Mary Magdelene’ by FKA Twigs a lot; it was great.

What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?

To listen to your inner voice as much as possible. Not to dissolve in the outside world.

Who are your non-musical influences?

A lot of spirituality (shamanism, tarot, astrology) and art in all its forms. And stand-up comedy shows.

What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?

There is so much competition it is difficult to mix artistic creation and communication work without getting lost, and yet we have to do both.

What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?

I like the quote from Miles Davis: “Sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.” Focus on the music, and keep trying to sound like you.

What are your hopes for the next two years?

Release lots of titles! It took me years to release my first title, and now I don’t want to stop. And also, do collaborations, features and remixes, and why not produce for others. There are definitely not enough women producers.

FVMusicBlog June 2022

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