Behind the Music: Interview with Miranda Arieh

‘I want show others who may be suffering that recovery is possible.’

Describe your music style in no more than 5 words: Bold creative alt Chamber Pop.

Age? Grown.

Where are you from? Leeds.

Which instruments do you play? Piano, Guitar and Bass.

Where is your go-to place for writing new tracks? My heart.

Who else is involved in your music? Adrian Todd on Drum Machine/Mercury Music Prize Nominee Choque Hosein on production.

Do you have any releases and/or performances coming up soon? Yep, we just filmed my new video for my upcoming single ‘The End’ last weekend. That will be released in September and I will be doing a handful of solo live shows in the run up to that.

Do you prefer performing live or recording in a studio? Tough question. I love both. I love the elements of performing live, especially with my band rather than solo and getting fully into performance as a character. But I also love the dimensions of building a track up in the studio and over laying everything. It can feel really exciting. I had a brilliant experience in the studio with Choque and Aid on the production while recording my debut album.

Why did you become involved in music? A way to express myself and communicate how I was feeling when words couldn’t.

When did you first become involved in music? I was always writing songs from a very young age with my bro as a child but then joined my first band at around 16 years old. we were a teenage rascal punk band called Mutiny.

What has music enabled you to do? Be happy and recover.

What was the first concert/gig that you were involved in? Mutiny (my first band, mentioned above) got the chance to play showcases at a young age when we won the Bright Young Things competition. We played places like Josephs Well, Royal Park Cellars and The Cockpit.

‘I first picked up a guitar when sectioned in hospital as a 14 year old.’

What is the most recent performance you did? Beulah Festival last month with my Sisterhood Music Collective.

Who was the first musician/band you saw live? Probably some local band like Orca or Mr Shiraz or Catalyst at The Duchess or Josephs Well.

Who are your inspirations? Everyone I come in to contact with.

What is the point of music? It’s a language that communicates feeling that crosses all borders.

Any other creative talents and if so do they influence your music in any way? I like to draw and paint but that doesn’t really influence my music, it’s just another creative outlet. I also really really love to dance, although I don’t know if I’m very good. I did LOTS of dancing in the recent vid shoot for my new single, so let’s see how that turns out and influences my music..

Any interesting facts about yourself you would like to share? I first picked up a guitar when sectioned in hospital as a 14 year old. I had run away from home and been self harming and overdosing as I was suffering so much with anxiety and depression so they put me in there for 9 months to keep me safe. It was in there I started writing lyrics properly and expressing myself using a one stringed guitar.

I am now an avid mental health campaigner with Time To Change and I like to use my platform to raise mental health awareness. I hope to help others who may be suffering and show that recovery is possible. I was recognised as ‘Social Impact Star’ at the Inspiring Women Changemakers Awards last year for the mental health work I have done through, and alongside my music. It was a really huge honour for me.

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Find out more about Miranda Arieh at: Track Review: Miranda Arieh: Impossible

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