Melbourne's MIMI to Make Her FOMO Debut
From playing piano at four, to singing at eleven, and studying Jazz music at the Victorian College of the Arts, MIMI‘s connection with music runs far and deep. Now, she’s now working as a cross-genre artist, DJing and singing. MIMI is also just one of the names you would have spotted on the FOMO and FOMO By Night lineup announcements.
“When I started uni, my parents actually [said], ‘You need a job’ and I was like ‘Oh yeah I could get a job’, I was 18. They suggested that I actually get into DJing, ‘You know music, why don’t you be a DJ’. I literally never took it on board as a real, serious job or a profession or a career…” MIMI says.
While back then, MIMI was focussed on her career as a soul/jazz vocalist, the end of her degree posed her with a common challenge; finding herself, and her place in the industry. Taking the improvisation approach she’d learned so much about studying Jazz with her, MIMI delved into the world of rock with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, who she describes as a game changer for her as an artist, among artists like Jimi Hendrix and The Doors whose “reckless and crazy energy and do what you want attitude” changed her outlook on her career.
“If I’d be any animal, I’d be a chameleon. I love a lot of different music.” MIMI says.
During the week of the FOMO announcement, MIMI was also celebrating her debut track, ‘Bad Girls Know’ finding its way onto the airwaves of stations like Triple J. While landing such a spot on one of Australia’s most popular festivals shortly after a debut release sounds like any musician’s dream, MIMI explains that it involved, “hard work, hard work, rejection, rejection, rejection! Loving yourself, believing in yourself, consistency, being professional”
“It’s about hard work. Nothing in my life has ever been given to me. I’ve never had connections. I didn’t come from the uni like, ‘Oh, here’s a connection to musical festivals!’ It does not happen that way.” She explains, “I’ve literally played the worst time slots. On a Tuesday night at 2am would have been my first time slots and I had to bring in people before I’d even get paid. All the crap you can imagine. But, those things build you up, I think and make you go, ‘Do I really want this? Yeah, I want this.'”
“I’m here to make people happy, I’m not here to just make myself happy. Seeing people react, seeing people lose themselves is what drives me to want this more, you know?” She says.
MIMI says that even the slots where she’s played to ten people have paid off when she knows that she’s made a positive difference to their nights.
“That makes me happy that people had a good time and I know it’s a job where I’m self-sacrificing my weekend time to make a huge impact on a lot of people to relax. Everyone goes through bullshit in their life and the weekend and partying is about that experience where you get reborn and you’re happy, you forget about the problems of life. That’s my job. That’s kind of been my driver all along.” MIMI says.
After learning that she was booked for FOMO, MIMI actually found out the full lineup at the same time as the public, after “pining for” Kali Uchis, who MIMI says she loves, she was in for a pleasant surprise.
“When I heard Nicki Minaj, I literally lost it. What do you mean? This is like, we’re talking the pop queen of the world, the queen of rap, a current icon, a living icon. A hugely successful female performer, like crazy, crazy big.” She says, “So it’s a huge honour to have my name on the bill, it’s like a ridiculous name on the bill and I’m very fortunate and thankful to be considered to be part of that lineup and touring the country. It’s just, huge, huge, huge! I love every name on the bill, like apart from Nicki, there is so many amazing names on that bill, so I’m very, very lucky to be on that lineup.”
Passing on her festival knowledge, MIMI recommends comfy shoes, and to be trained up for the marathon day of constant highs that is FOMO.
“Its about having fun, letting lose and being safe, obviously. But letting lose, having a good time and celebrating life in a really positive, happy way. It’s a new year, it’s 2019. It’s a really good start off to the new year with a positive approach and a happy approach. I just look forward to celebrating 2019 with everyone.”
Where: Riverstage, 59 Gardens Point Road, Brisbane City QLD 4000
When: January 5th
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More Info: 18+ event (this event has now sold out)