Mia Mormino is more than just a pop star in the making. Look a little closer, past the Los Angeles native’s massive pop anthems, 1M+ Spotify streams, and 6.5M+ Youtube views, and you’ll find what every artist hopes for but few ever achieve: authenticity. What cuts through most in Mia Mormino’s impossibly catchy and heartfelt music is a singular message of self-empowerment. It’s an easy theme for lesser artists to pantomime unconvincingly, but for this singer/songwriter, her difficult journey to get to that place of self-love is exactly what makes her message so genuine, and her music so compelling.
Mia’s vulnerability and unwillingness to shy away from controversial topics is undeniably one of the qualities that makes her such an important and relatable artist to her fans. Beyond the bravery that underpins her confessional songwriting style, it is also Mia’s unabashed exploration of an ever-widening array of genres and musical influences that further positions her as an artist whose name you ought to know.
Mia’s versatility is given ample opportunity to flourish thanks to her prolificity as a songwriter. be sure to keep your ear out for Mia Mormino as she truly is changing the world with her art.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has hugely impacted your artistry.
One of my happiest memories as an artist was when I spoke at the Chandler School of Performing Arts in 2019. I was the spotlight artist of the month and came to talk to the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes about my story as a musician and my story as a human. I adore kids, so being able to have the impact that I had on them is something I will never ever forget. The video of this event is on my youtube channel if you'd like to watch it!
How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I choose to lead a happy, healthy life as an artist by focusing on creating/finding balance. It's one of the most complex parts of my career because there's nothing I love more than making music which makes me want to do it all of the time. But what ends up happening is I push myself too hard and skip over the times I really should be taking breaks which leads me to combust. So! I go to multiple forms of therapy weekly, spend as much time with my family and loved ones as possible, and remember it's imperative to take a step back and be mindful of my energy levels.
Who did you learn from to instill those values?
Out of all the people who positively impact my life and encourage mindfulness, I'd say, my mom and therapist, Audrey, have taught me the most when it comes to instilling those values. They are the reasons I am where I am today on various levels.
Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
One billion percent! It's the most challenging aspect of my career, as I had mentioned earlier. For me, it's this endless cycle where I will obsess about my career and work for hours on end, but emotionally, mentally, and physically need a break. But on the other hand, I feel guilty for not practicing my craft when I take those breaks. It's always going to be a work in progress, and I'm so thankful I have such a strong support group backing me up, making sure I take those breaks.
Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first?
If I'm being totally honest, I'm still very much working towards that turning point. It's been a bit rocky achieving that balance we talked about, but I know the work I've been putting in to find it will pay off soon.
How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I like to promote a healthy lifestyle by leading by example. Even if I'm not feeling too great that day, I still do what I want others to do to help themselves when in my position.
In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I check in on my fans all. of. the. time. It's one of the most important aspects of my art, in my opinion. I'm constantly talking to my fans through Instagram dm's, checking in on how they are feeling mentally, asking for life updates, etc. It's a really beautiful connection we have because there's so much love and positivity being spread. Literally, just yesterday, I had someone tell me they considered me their best friend, even though we'd never met in person, because of how much I've been there for them through the highs and especially the lows. It made me tear up because that's all I'm trying to achieve with my music: being there for someone. Reminding them that they are never ever alone.
Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
My sister, Lola, checks in on me when I need it most. I could send her a single text, and she instantly knows how I'm feeling that day; it's almost spooky. Lola is my best friend and has a way of encouraging me to do things for myself in a way that's so easy to listen to. I love her more than life itself, and she's been the reason I've been able to get out of some pretty dark places.
Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how has it changed your life now?
A habit I had to change was resorting to the alternative of staying alive when life became too hard to handle. It was terrifying because it felt like I had no control over it. Thankfully, it's been a year since I've had a desire such as that, and it feels liberating. Knowing life will get hard and not immediately wanting to end it all is incredibly freeing for apparent reasons. Not to mention, it's taken such a load off of my family, who once couldn't leave me alone in a room without being so afraid of what I might do. So they are the reason I put an end to that habit.
Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
Right now, the song that gives me such a burst of motivation is "Motomami" from Rosalía's new album, "Motomami." It makes me feel like I can conquer every and anything. I love the song (and the entire album) so much that I'm getting it tattooed on my neck next week!
What is the mantra of 2022?!
My mantra is "KEEP GOING"!!!! Because that's all, you need to do! Keep pushing through, keep celebrating, keep learning, etc.
Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!
My latest project was my single, "Burning Hell"! I wrote this song while looking at the Macbook Catalina wallpaper. The entire piece was inspired by that photo. I imagined myself standing on the top of the island, looking out, up, and down. This is by far one of my most obscure writing experiences/stories, and I absolutely love it. Of course, you never know when creativity will strike, and that's the beauty of making music. This song is powerful, angsty, and VERY visual. (For fun, google "MacBook Catalina wallpaper" and then play this song).
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