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Life & Work with Mira Housey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mira Housey.

Hi Mira, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started learning classical piano when I was little. From there, I began writing songs for my friends, and as I got older I taught myself how to produce. I would skip class to go the studio and record my first EP. When I reached college at the University of Michigan, my friends and I formed a band and eventually were playing shows every week. I love pop music, and I was writing for everyone and anyone I could find. I spent nights in the studio all the time and started connecting with other writers and artists outside of Michigan. After winning two songwriting competitions, I decided to move to Los Angeles to continue my career as a songwriter.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Growing up, there wasn’t much of a pop music scene where I was. I would play at open mic nights in my little Michigan town, but I was very private about my songwriting. I felt a bit out of place because I didn’t know anyone else doing what I was doing. When I got to college, I started meeting all these amazing artists and producers and it brought me more confidence. Moving to LA was the biggest decision I made, and it finally felt like my dream was becoming a reality.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I write pop music with an R&B flare. I love creating unique melodies that play with rhythm, and I’m a big fan of huge harmonies. My best work definitely happens when I’m the most vulnerable or when I get inspired or excited by something very spontaneously. I’m most proud of the fact that I write with a producer’s mind, and I produce with a songwriter’s mind. When I write a melody, I immediately hear how it’s going to be manipulated, which harmonies and effects will be underneath it, and which instruments are supporting it in the song. I write holistically rather than just by the melody and lyrics.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, I was always “inventing” things – games, poems, holiday traditions, etc. I always liked to take what I was taught and apply it to something new. I’m the oldest of 5 kids, and I was always the one getting everyone together to do something fun. I loved getting involved in clubs and sports as a child. I’ve always been more extroverted, but I definitely think that as a creative, it shows now more than it used to. Confidence was the biggest thing I gained as I got older, and I’m very thankful that music was able to bring that out of me more.

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