An Interview With The LA-Based Singer-Songwriter MIRANDA GLORY!
Posted On 25 Oct 2018
The LA-based songwriter Miranda Glory released her newest single called “Hypochondriac” this past summer. She has some exciting things coming up as the song was re-released in the Scandinavian territory (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark) as part of a partnership with Warner Music Scandinavia on September 21st.
HYPOCHONDRIAC: BUY // STREAM
The initial inspiration for “ Hypochondriac” came from Miranda’s obsession with WebMD. She started to see some interesting parallels between the fear of diseases and the anxieties we experience in relationships, and laid them over a catchy melody syncopated with beats.
This past year has been a whirlwind for Miranda, whose career went from zero to 100. Last year she released her debut singles “Blue Eyes” feat. Matty Owens & “Take” on iconic NYC-based label Tommy Boy Entertainment. The initial response was incredible from playlists and media. Following the single releases Miranda signed a worldwide deal with Selected/Sony Music Germany & Ultra Music in the U.S. for the release of her single “Instant Gratification,” released on December 15th. Being the ultimate multi-tasker, during the release of “Instant Gratification” she was simultaneously co-writing and being featured on RYNX’s single “Want You (feat. Miranda Glory)”, which since its release this Spring has amassed over 10 million plays.
This year started off with more collaborations with European Artist & DJ Tujamo on the single “Body Language” (feat. Miranda Glory & Haris)]. Next came a collaboration with one of the world’s top DJ’s, R3HAB & Noah Neiman for the single “We Do” (feat.Miranda Glory) which debuted on 25 of Spotify’s New Music Fridays worldwide and has garnered over 8 million plays. She has also worked with producers like Autumn Rowe (Fifth Harmony, Cher Lloyd), Sheppard Solomon (Enrique Iglesias, Britney Spears), Zac Poor (Tori Kelly, MNEK), David Brook (Eminem, Charlie Puth) and The Fliptones (Jason Derulo, Flo Rida).
Connect With Miranda Glory Online Here:
Website | https://mirandaglory.com/
Twitter | https://twitter.com/chillranda
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/mirandaglory/
Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/chillranda/
Learn more about Miranda Glory in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you now? Is there music playing in the background?
Thanks for having me! I’m currently in bed listening to the “Chilled R&B” Spotify playlist which is a pretty accurate description of who I am. (lol)
Now that we are on the back end of the year, how do you think 2018 has treated you and your career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it? Or did you already reach it?
2018 has been a really amazing year for my career. It’s been full of ups, downs, struggles and milestones. One goal of mine this year was to support myself fully through music and I’ve been doing that which I’m proud of.
Growing up, how important was music to you? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Music was always really relevant in my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up with two older sisters who exposed me to a lot of different kinds of music and also sang themselves. I remember long car rides were filled with us singing three part harmonies to any song we could think of. I think I really decided I wanted to write songs after listening to John Mayer’s Continuum album. The way he crafts his lyrics, melodies and concepts still blow me away. Pursuing music wasn’t really even a choice for me because it was the only thing I felt that level of passionate about. There wasn’t a question or doubt in my mind once I got serious about it.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
I think one thing that I’ve found surprising has been the realization that no matter what level anyone is at in their career, everyone seems to go through the same struggles. I think before I started to write with more successful writers & producers, I thought they had some sort of magic method of writing songs and then I realized that we all do the same thing and are constantly pushing ourselves to get to the next level whatever that might be. A challenge that I’ve faced has been narrowing down the sound I want to go for. I think I grew up listening to a lot of different types of music and my voice can go in a few different directions so finding something consistent has been harder than I expected.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today?
Growing up in New York I was able to see tons of live music. From jazz to singer/songwriter to hip hop to rock, I was able to absorb what I loved from each and take those pieces into my own music. Living in L.A now I think the level of music being produced here has pushed me to up my game and never settle when I know something could be better. There are so many talented writers, artists and producers and it inspires me to work harder and write better songs.
Let’s talk about your latest single, “Hypochondriac.” What was the inspiration for this track? How exactly did looking up things on WebMD spark it?
I always assume the worst when it comes to health related issues and I realized that’s (sadly) very similar to how I feel in romantic relationships. At one point I was on WebMD and noticed I’d been on it for far too long and that’s when I thought to myself that the title “Hypochondriac” would be really cool. It wasn’t long till I compared that to a relationship in my head and the idea was born.
How excited are you to be partnering with Warner Music Scandinavia for the track’s re-release? Why do you think they are the right place for you and your music now?
I’m very excited to be partnering with them! I think it’s all about the passion that they have for the music they release and I felt that passion with Warner Scandinavia so I’m really pumped.
How do you think “Hypochondriac” is different or similar to anything else that you have previously released? How have you grown over the years and since your very first song was put out?
I think it’s similar in that a lot of my songs are dark and moody but it’s different in the quirkiness of the lyrics. I think this was the first time I wanted to get really fun and clever with how I was trying to present an idea. I think with each song I release I get a little closer to figuring out who I am as an artist and how I want to express myself. We are all always growing and changing and I think that shows through my music.
When do you hope to put out more new music a full collection of new songs?
I’m hoping to have a new single out in November or December and a full collection out at some point in 2019.
You have collaborated with a lot of artists so I am curious what that process is like for you? Do you find that you enjoy working with others on song rather than on your own?
I absolutely love collaborating with people. I think it pushes me to write better songs and it’s also a blast to work with other creatives. The process is different in every instance but in terms of some of the DJ collaborations I have out, I usually write the song first with basic production then send it to them, then they produce around the song. Everything I write usually starts out as a song for me as an artist unless another artist is in the room with me. I try to do this so that everything I write feels genuine and honest, so I wouldn’t say I enjoy one more than the other.
Since the beginning of music, people have turned to it for support and as an escape from their realities. How do you want your music received?
I want people to be validated in how they feel. I’m a super emotional and raw person so I want to use that to help other people understand that it’s ok to have feelings and to let themselves go there at least for the 3 minutes they are listening to my song.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
It definitely can be tough. Instagram is by far my favorite social media so I tend to post the most on there and it doesn’t feel like as much of a chore. I feel like Instagram is the most creative social, which is probably why I enjoy it. If you want to stay connected I’d say to follow me on there.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
John Mayer as I mentioned above is one of my favorites. I would lose my mind if I got to work with him. I also love Drake and I’m obsessed with this newer artist H.E.R.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
I would take an acoustic guitar because that is what I started writing songs on and I think I’ll always continue to write on it for the rest of my life. It’s also pretty convenient in that situation (don’t need an amp, fairly light ext.).
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
I would love for my music to be featured in “Insecure”. I always love the music they put in it and I’m also just a huge fan of the show so I’d be freaking out.
Do you have any tour dates you would like to tell our readers about? How will you be spending your fall and winter?
I don’t have any tour dates set up yet but will definitely be announcing things as they come up on my social media pages. This fall and winter you can definitely expect a new single or two and a couple new collabs. I’m really looking forward to it!
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? I’d like to know more about how you want your music to be timeless?
I hope that they take away the honesty and vulnerability in my songs. I try my best to get as real and personal as I can because I feel like that’s what I connect to in music and that’s what makes something timeless to me.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself and your music?
I feel like we covered most of it but thank you so much for listening!
(all photography provided by Nicole Poulos (Sideways Media Team))