Interview with Singer/Songwriter "Mia Vaile"
Mia Vaile is an American singer and songwriter with a unique sound which incorporates electronic, indie, and pop influences. Previously one half of the successful EDM duo Veorra, Mia Vaile made her first appearance in 2016 with collaborations alongside talented established artists such as JINCO, Ship Wrek, Not Your Dope, BVRNOUT, Lexxmatiq, and James Mercy. Her first original release “Wildfire” truly spread like wildfire through the electronic music scene as it received direct support from Trap Nation, MrSuicideSheep, CloudKid, Run the Trap, The Chainsmokers, and Don Diablo, among many more. Check out our exclusive interview with Mia below, where we find our more about how she manages a healthy work/life balance, upcoming projects, favourite place to wine and dine in her city, and more.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Mia: I have a bad habit of staying in bed for a while after I wake up watching funny YouTube clips or playing hearthstone. I then take my puppy (Darwin) out for a long walk. When I get home I make myself a coffee and breakfast and spend the next few hours in my studio writing, and on good days – recording complete ideas.
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Mia: I am currently working on a few different original songs that will hopefully become a part of my second EP :)
Daily News: What was the inspiration for your career route?
Mia: Choosing this career path has been so easy and natural for me. I have always been inspired by some iconic female artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Adele. Since I was just a 6 year old girl, I’ve known that I was going to be a singer/songwriter. I was lucky enough to find that passion at a very young age. As I got older I figured out what my sound was and what I wanted to convey through my music.
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Mia: What I find most challenging about my career is the fear of the unknown. It is so hard to not feel scared of rejection and failure. The music industry is saturated with brilliant artists and it’s so tempting to begin comparing yourself to other artists. I am learning a lot about myself on this journey and one thing I tell myself all the time is that if I stay true to myself nothing could go wrong. When you compare yourself you realize that the beauty of art and music is that there actually is no comparison. Every artist is unique and I’m proud to follow my own voice and style sharing messages with my fans of memories and experiences that are unique to me. Through challenges, though, comes thrill and excitement. There are so many more things I am excited about than ever before in my life. As fearful as I can be sometimes, I am also so very excited for the future. The best part of my career are my supporters and my fans. There is nothing better than waking up to messages from people all over the world telling me how my music has affected them.
Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Mia: At the very beginning of my career as a recording artist, I put all of my eggs into the “work basket.” I was pulling full 24/7 work days at the studio running on just a couple of hours of sleep. I was writing song after song after song and I had no concept of what a healthy work/life balance should be. One day I realized that I hadn’t been spending much time with my friends and family and that really took a tole on me. My family and friends are everything to me, so I created a schedule for myself where I can get a good amount of work done throughout the day and still do the other things that are important to me, like spend time with the people I love and exercise. I stick to my new day-to-day schedule for the most part, but when I get really pulled into a song I am working on, I can still end up working for hours on end sometimes.
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Mia: The release of my first EP “Wallflower.”
Daily News: Where do you see yourself in 5?
Mia: It’s so hard to envision myself in 5 years because I know how unexpected life can be. However, I am hoping to be touring/playing live shows and meeting as many of my fans as possible, and just continue growing as a person and as an artist. :)
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Mia: Dream big and take the risks you’re scared to take! Don't go through life asking yourself the “what if” questions. Work as hard as you can, but always make time for your health and your loved ones.
Daily News: Where is your favourite place to dine in your city and why?
Mia: There is a family owned 1950’s diner in my town and it is my go-to for breakfast- the walls are decorated in Elvis and Marilyn Monroe and the waitresses are dressed in vintage 50’s dresses and they are so friendly. Every time I go there, I feel like I was born in a different era. My second favorite place to eat is an authentic Indian restaurant called Sapphire. I am a huge fan of spicy foods and Indian cuisine is my absolute favorite. Another restaurant I really love is a small Middle Eastern restaurant where you can create your own salad bowl. I never know what to choose because everything is delicious, so I end up ordering everything on the menu! Or end up ordering way more than I can handle! :)
Daily News: What’s your most treasured possession?
Mia: I would have to say my journal which includes all of my poetry and song writings that I’ve worked on for several years while traveling the world.
Daily News: Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Mia: Atticus Poetry!
Daily News: If you could be in someone else’s shoes for a day, who would it be?
Mia: Anyone who owns a chocolate factory!
Daily News: What’s your favourite city/country to visit and why?
Mia: New York City. I just love the craziness of this fascinating city. The streets of New York never slow down and there are tons of coffee shops, interesting people from around the world, art and culture... I feel a renewed sense of energy when I travel there.
Daily News: What is your greatest fear?
Mia: There was a time when I was driving on a main road, and I noticed a pale white spider on my windshield. I will never forget that moment. Going into panic mode is anything but rational while driving. I slammed on the breaks and nearly got myself into an accident. So I guess spiders are on the top of my list for things I’m most fearful of... and perhaps any insect really that crawls or flies or gets anywhere near me! I don’t know why I’m going on a hiking trip soon lol.
Daily News: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Daily News: And lastly, what does success look like to you?
Mia: Success to me means being in a place in life where you are passionate and happy about what you are doing... to me, being true to yourself and doing what you do for the right reasons equates to success - while inspiring and influencing others around you in a positive way and using your achieved greatness to help people in the world. To leave a positive and lasting impression or mark on the world is undoubtedly what I call true success. There is so much sadness and tragedy around the world. If I can bring just a little more compassion, love, and positive energy through music I’d feel really fulfilled knowing that I was able to help in some way.