Today we’d like to introduce you to Mir.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and at five years old, I moved to Miami with my mom, brother, and sister. I grew up listening to Disney music and then ventured more into the music around me, including Latin music, Pop, Classic Rock, and religious music. I was obsessed with every creative outlet I could find from dancing to acting. As a single parent, my mother would work in the daytime and take classes in the nighttime but still, she managed to support me and all of my interests without missing anything.
I was the youngest member of the Saint Agnes Church Choir for 10+ years singing religious music influenced by Spanish, Venezuelan, and Colombian music. I wasn’t tall enough to see over the piano, so the director had me stand on a stool for me to be able to see. I studied at Centertone Music School, where I worked with several different teachers on different instruments and subjects. Later I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Business Management and Professional Music.
Please tell us about your art.
Writing songs and performing live is my art. Music, to me, is a type of magic that lets you bottle up your emotions and transport a particular moment in time through lyrics and melody and share it with people. It is a very therapeutic process that has the power to spread empathy and unite people. I find it just as beautiful as it is terrifyingly scary to let your mind reign control and then share my thoughts without a filter. Singing has always been the best way I know to express what I am feeling.
My songwriting process always surprises me. It always starts and ends in unexpected ways. Sometimes the idea or opinion I have while writing a song changes, and so does the song. I have had an idea or a piece of a song that I hold onto for years and can’t seem to finish it. Then suddenly it is the missing piece on something else I’m working years later. Sometimes inspiration strikes and I can’t drop the guitar until a whole song pours out of my fingers. While other songs I am still finishing and have written and re-written many times or go months without being able to write. What all my songs have in common is that they start with a song seed. Whichever way I start – whether it is an idea, a melody, a phrase, a sound, a beat – all the different branches lead somewhere.
My mission is to create songs that make people feel something. That transport them into the headspace of the song and tell stories. My songs are inspired by both my life events and those of people around me. I’ve collaborated with other artists on several songs or been featured as a singer on other people’s works.
What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think the music industry has changed drastically in the last few years and we see the result of that in the artists breaking through today. DIY artists can now make it on a large scale without a big record label backing them. That is the power that we never had before and all because streaming has given people access to the music they would have never listened to. This creates more chances for musicians to find new listeners interested in them, whether it is a small town in Sweden or two towns over. Streaming has influenced up-and-coming artists tremendously, and I predict that future musicians are going to create music with undistinguishable genres that are all-inclusive.
On the other side, streaming has made it harder for gigging musicians to make a living because small business’ don’t hire live music like they used to. It’s much easier to just press play to your favorite Spotify playlist. You can help artists in Miami by opening up more spaces for original music to be performed and promoting places like Churchills Pub that give a voice to up-and-coming musicians like myself.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I will be featured on Juan Camilo Pelaez’s single “Encuentro” that will be released soon. My first album is still in the recording process, but you can check out live performances of my unreleased music on my website and social media platforms. If you are interested, follow me for updates on when I am playing near you or dropping new music.
- Website: https://www.marisabelres.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marisabelres/?ref=hl
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/marisabelres
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marisabelres/
Photos by Carol Yidi Photography.