"I am optimistic that the underground scene will keep evolving, and perhaps even for the better. It feels like people are making the effort to keep the community alive and support each other through this pandemic"
Mia Lily has an honest and sincere career. Her musical selection and good judgment has dared borders. The dj sets by Mia Lily are powerful statement, emblematic of her no-holds-barred approach. We take the opportunity to interview her.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music? I was born and raised in Blackpool but have been living in London for the past 9 years. My dad is a jazz musician and my mum plays piano, so naturally I got into music at a young age. I remember begging my parents for piano lessons and started playing at the age of six, after that I started performing at local concerts and festivals in the area. My older brother mixed and scratched vinyl at home, which developed my love for electronic music. In my teens, I would jump on the decks with him and his friends who ran a small radio station in an attic up north, I couldn’t mix at all back then. But later, I slowly picked it up over the years through jumping on at parties and friends houses. I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist. Do you think we can go back to "normal" events and festivals? I really hope so! Festivals and events are an integral part of life for me and so many others. I read somewhere online that “a good party can provide a collective escape from drudgery, a sanctuary from oppression. It revives our utopian imaginations. The history of raves, free parties, festivals and carnivals is a history of resistance” which is so true! There is a lot of hope and positivity that is spread at a good rave. I am optimistic that the underground scene will keep evolving, and perhaps even for the better. It feels like people are making the effort to keep the community alive and support each other through this pandemic.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now? My background is in writing and composing music on piano, but I am teaching myself to produce music electronically which I’ve found to be quite a difficult and slow transition. I have always written in minor keys and I guess I aim to create juxtapositions of space and movement through my compositions and musical selections. I hope to recreate sounds that evoke a sense of transcendence using blends of ethereal and uplifting melodies. But generally I just mix according to my mood and that can honestly range from anything. I love Ambient, Dub Techno, Breaks, UKG, DnB and Jungle. I love the YouTube channels Drift Deeper and 2trancentral. How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners? I’m not sure that it does yet! But I hope that anyone who listens to my radio shows are discovering new bits that they haven’t heard before. It feels really good to be sharing my passions with others. Although, it’d be fun to be that DJ that nobody remembers because everyone is too mashed up in a field but mesmerised with the tunes that are playing as the sun is rising. What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’ve started producing with my duo NÜWA NRTH. And we also have residencies on Balamii and Threads Radio. We have recently been doing mixes for Rinse FM, Foundation FM and lots of other smaller community based projects.
What bothers you?
Closed-minded people. What makes you happy?
Sleep. Also, my beach at home, I miss that a lot. It’s hard to find horizons in London! Do you have any final words of wisdom?
Get rid of bad energy in your life, it’ll create space for positive things to enter.