Who, What, Why

WHO WHAT WHY : MIMI LANE

21st November 2016

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This week we caught up with BIMM Dublin Vocals student Mimi Lane to find out her Who, What, Why’s.

Here’s what she had to say…

WHO are you listening to at the moment?

My list could go on forever: Chet Faker, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck, Lianne La Havas, James Vincent McMorrow, Brika, Jack Garratt, Tom Misch, NAO, Kendrick Lamar, Sticky Fingers and Anderson .Paak! Too many really. All very different artists but all incredibly talented and fascinating! Alicia Keys, Lianne La Havas, and Beyonce hugely influence the songs I choose to sing/perform whereas Chet Faker and Nao influence how I write music.

I sing very soulfully so most of these artists can be categorised into soul to some degree – depending on your definition of soul. My songwriting consists of a wide range of styles but to narrow it down I would have to say my songs are ‘electronic/neo-soul/alternative’.

The music I listen to is mostly chosen on a creative level but of course I have to be passionate about the easy listening, uncritical side of it too because who doesn’t love a good Beyoncé tune?

WHAT do you love about Dublin?

I love the busyness of Dublin, there’s always something to do or somewhere to go. The venues all have a great atmosphere, especially The Workman’s Club on the quays and The Button Factory.

My favourite thing about Dublin is that no matter what night you go into town there’s always some sort of gig on, so you’re spoiled for choice with the new and upcoming music around the city.

I love the colour in Dublin whether it be the people or the buildings. There’s always something special or an opportunity around every corner.

WHY Vocals?

I chose to be a vocalist and to study Commercial Modern Music because I have been singing since I could talk and the thought of studying anything but music bored me. I’ve learned so much about the music industry within Ireland and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

BIMM has given me so many opportunities and such confidence to find myself. I’m in the third year of my course now and I am focusing on my career in a huge way. I’m creating my own music, working with exclusive, talented people, and I am in a great position to do exactly what I want.

BIMM have supported me through everything I have done so far and they have really guided me in finding my footing. I have been given the opportunity to play in venues such as Vicar Street and Opium Rooms alongside some seriously accomplished artists.

It’s a cliché but I genuinely wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but BIMM Dublin.

Interested in studying Vocals at BIMM in Dublin? Find out more here.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.