The Angeles Project recently released their excellent self-titled debut EP and are picking up some very nice reviews for it. It’s not hard to see why, with singles like ‘Paper Heart’ flying the flag. See what makes them tick below in our interview with songwriter Mimi R
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
I’m from a family of enthusiastic amateur musicians, with lots of songwriters in the family, so I’ve always been immersed in music. Some of my earliest memories are of my parents and their friends playing rock and roll late into the night at our house. I also grew up with an aunt and uncle who were bluegrass musicians and always touring or gigging around town–me and my cousins just soaked it all in.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
As someone who’s been writing songs for fun all my life but only recently started recording and releasing my material, I’m pretty new to the music industry as such. I just want to keep enjoying the ride and putting out work I’m proud of.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I started writing my own songs when I was 8 or 9. I had this little radio that I would take to bed and listen to all sorts of music stations, and different songs would inspire me or trigger something and I’d make up my own songs in response. Even before then I was always singing my own words to chords my dad played on guitar. I didn’t really think about it, it was just something I did and kept doing all my life. It took me a long time to realize other people might be interested in something I just naturally did for fun.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Every new listener is a highlight! Putting out our debut EP was a great milestone, but we have so many highlights left to come, including music videos. We are in the process of finishing an amazing animated music video for the track ‘Radio,’ which I can’t wait for everyone to see.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
People have said they hear Belinda Carlisle, Jesus and Mary Chain, Berlin, Roxette, and Mazzy Star in our sound, although none of those were conscious influences for me. My influences vary widely depending on the style of music I’m writing at the time. I love the songwriting of Emily Haines (both with Metric and solo), although my own work has a more oddball, lighter touch. On this project I’ve been inspired by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers, 80s pop generally, and the sincere, quirky lyricism of The Magnetic Fields.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
We make lyrical, thoughtful electropop. But although some of the tracks have a downtempo, introspective feel, at the end of the day the vibe is pretty catchy and accessible–we want you coming back for more!
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Oh gosh, right now I’m really appreciating Los Angeles band Sugarplum Fairies. They do this sort of Americana dream pop. Their latest record is really a solo project of frontwoman Sylvia Ryder, and has an almost Leonard Cohen-y quality to it that I love.
- Any gigs coming up?
We’ve been buckled down in the studio for the past several months, but hope to play more around Los Angeles and beyond later this year. Any shows in the near future are likely to be on the spur of the moment, so stay tuned to our social media if you’re dying to catch us!
- Where can we find/follow you online?