Abi Mia Interview with Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
I came up with ‘Abi Mia’ initially because I wanted a name that was close to my real name but easier to say and spell. On a deeper level if you rearrange the letters it spells out ‘I am Abi’ and to me, music is what enables me to express my true self and is just such a big part of who I am so I loved this aspect of my chosen stage name too!
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
Music has always been an important part of my life both in listening and singing but I only realized I wanted to pursue music as a career a year ago at the beginning of the pandemic.
I had been very busy running my own fitness business before so the music had been sidelined but due to no being allowed to work I suddenly had a lot of free time and I rediscovered my passion for music and realized I needed to go for my dream of becoming a full-time professional musician.
It was something that had always been in the back of my mind as something I would love to do but I didn’t truly believe in myself and was often too busy and I am so grateful that I had this enforced ‘pause’ on my fitness career to really discover what my priorities were and it gave me the courage to take that step and finally go for what I love!
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I don’t really have a style icon, I usually just wear what I find comfortable and confident wearing! I don’t usually follow trends much and just wear what works for me! I am athletic and am very used to wear sportswear so that probably attributes to my style of wearing fitted jeans and a top rather than dresses or skirts! I would love to explore my style further though!
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Many of my songs are based on my own experiences and observations of what is going on in the world around me and this one was no exception. ‘Checking In’ was inspired by the almost daily zoom chats I was having with my 93-year-old Grandpa that started during the first lockdown here in the UK. It made me realize just how important it is to constantly check in with friends and family even if they seem ok! It is good not to just wait until there is something wrong. Just reach out and make sure people around you know they have a good support system and good friends in general!
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Having launched my music career very recently I feel my biggest challenge is having 100% confidence in myself as a musician, to rid myself of that ‘imposter syndrome’ and not be affected by negative or unconstructive feedback. Am getting there though and I realize that music is so subjective that if I am happy with the way my music sounds then I shouldn’t let anyone else make me feel differently! There will always be people who do and don’t like it and you can’t please everyone!
I am very motivated and organized so when I set my mind to something I plan out what I need to do to reach that goal and I do it, no excuses! I am very much all or nothing so I have really thrown myself into my music and will continue to do my best so I have no regrets and will make my own successes!
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I am the best ‘Abi Mia’ out there without a doubt! Of course, I am always looking to improve my skills and develop as a musician and artist but there is no one who can do my music as I do! I don’t compare myself to other musicians as I believe we all have our unique things to offer and can all be successful in our own way!
What are your plans for the near future?
Now that things are opening up in the UK, I am planning on doing as many live gigs as I can as this is a huge part of why I want to be a musician. There is nothing quite like getting up on stage and connecting with your audience through your own music and feeding off their energy!
I also plan on releasing more singles (some I have already recorded and are ready to share!) and really focus on writing new material so I can have a wide range of songs to choose from when it comes to performing and releasing music.
I am also planning on getting my songs into films and adverts as I often hear that my music has a cinematic quality to it so I would absolutely love to be able to do this as well! I do have so many plans for my music but these are my main ones for the near future!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I would first love to thank the amazing people who follow me on Instagram and the fans on my Patreon! They are so wonderful and supportive and definitely motivate me to keep on creating amazing music and content for them as well.
I have met so many amazing people online during the pandemic and all the music connections I have made have been through online avenues have just been amazing in really helping me launch my career so thank you!
I of course would love to also shout out to my amazing friends and family who also support my music and generally are so supportive of me as a person!
How can fans find you?
Fans can find me on:
Instagram – @abi__mia https://www.instagram.com/abi__mia/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/abimiamusic
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AbiMia5
Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/abimia
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Be patient and be prepared to work very hard! As a newly independent artist, you have to build a strong base of online support, network with other musicians, and build a fan base. You have to be prepared to wear many hats not just write music and perform.
Unless you are lucky enough to have a manager, PR expert, or other experts working for you you have to be prepared to do all those things for yourself to really get your music out there. You must actively create opportunities for yourself, they won’t simply come to you once you have released music or a video! There are too many fantastic musicians out there to be ‘discovered’ by chance. You must actively work for it.
I would also suggest having a clear idea of what ‘making it as an artist means to you and then set realistic goals to lead up to that! Don’t leave things to chance, you are in charge of where your career goes! Also to have confidence in who you are as an artist and person and to know your boundaries and what you are and are not willing to sacrifice to move further in the industry.