What is your name?
Hi, my name is Miriiam!
What is your genre of music?
The easiest way to put it would be indie/folk/rock
Give us a little bio about you.
I am a singer-songwriter, guitar being my main instrument. I’ve been writing and performing music for nearly a decade and now I’ve finally recorded my debut album. I’ve been living in London for a while, but am currently in my hometown, Zagreb.
What made you go into music?
I’ve always been writing – either short stories, poems, movie scripts or drawing comic books. I was in sports really seriously as well (basketball, to be specific), so when I decided to quit, I’ve suddenly found myself having a lot of free time. I started fooling around with my grandfather’s old guitar, which had by then just been sitting there, minding its own business. I was simply just acting as if I’m playing. Luckily, my dad saw me doing it and showed me the only 3 chords he knew: C, G, and D. Thank goodness!
Who are your influences?
When I first heard Mumford and Sons in high school, I wanted to improve my playing and writing skills. I’ve kind of lost them along the way, but they made me dig into their influences, which I’m really grateful for. I became obsessed with Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac and all that 60s and 70s folk and rock music. I’ve listened to a lot a genres growing up, but folk music kind of felt like home and stuck with me.
Are you signed?
Yes. I’m lucky to finally have two enthusiastic individuals by my side, who run a small label called Basic & Rough.
You released your new album ‘Call Me Up’, tell us more about the album.
I have recorded the album over the last year. Lockdown was in that sense kind to me – I had a meaning, a purpose, something to look forward to everyday. I’ve collaborated with two young producers, Edvin Derahovic and Toni Tkalec, who were for a great deal of time one of the few people I’ve spent time with. The album consists of 10 songs. We kind of wanted that folk, nostalgic feel overall, but also tried making it fun or unpredictable.
What is the meaning behind the album?
It’s my first album and it’s quite personal and honest, which is the case with most singer-songwriters. I have written ‘Call Me Up’, the single and titled track of the album, in a small room in London during lockdown. I was quite alone and insomniac from time to time. That was my song of comfort. I probably just wanted a strong hug that would put me to sleep. The song’s not about lockdown, it’s about comfort, a touch of warmth. Other songs may or may not have that feeling, but I just like the idea of it.
What was the writing and recording process like?
It was turbulent. We balanced between pandemic restrictions, a strong earthquake that struck Zagreb at the time and my absence. But when we managed to gather, it was always creative.
Describe each track in two words.
Knot: sadly strong.
Stella: friendship’s comfort.
Don’t Look Back: mom&dad.
Turn the Pages: fun love.
Trick: country love.
Is it your son: badass b.
Call me up: pro comfort.
Simple-Minded Love: lazy love.
Midnight: Roxanne’s love.
Long Drive: waltz road
Who did you work with on the album?
Two young producers, Edvin Derahovic and Toni Tkalec, and musicians whom we called when we needed a certain instrument: either drums – Daniel Kadijevic, piano/harmonica – Fran Sokic/Jurica Hotko, trombone – Antun Aleksa/Kristian Vucaj, sax-Marko Lucijan Hrascanec, back vocals (Tara Kelovac, Hana Blazevic), pedal steel guitar – Davor Rodik…
Will we see a Music video for the any of the tracks off the album and if so, what can we expect from it?
You sure will! I feel like I’m just getting warmed up with the whole music video thing. I’ve a lot of ideas and some great people and creatives around me. But schh, later on that because I don’t want to spoil anything.
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
We’re currently booking live shows. I have a full on band ready and we’re working on live videos. Hopefully we’ll get to tour as much as possible.
What else can we expect at the end of 2021/ Early 2022?
We will be recording, working, planning. As for now, I can only hope the album reaches as much listeners as possible
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In my room, playing my guitar and writing.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
This too shall pass.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar, my pick(s), my cowboy boots, a glass of water and to wash my hands before the show.