CHATTERBOX: Mighloe discusses single ‘Don’t Call Me’, self-identity, inspiration and R&B

Coming back to Purple Melon for a second time, Canadian artist Mighloe joins us for a discussions about newest single ‘Don’t Call Me’. It’s a scintillating R&B statement that stands in as a more polite way to say “fuck you” to time wasters and energy vampires. Below we come to learn more about the motivation behind ‘Don’t Call Me’, as well as how Mighloe first took the jump into becoming a full-time musician and why R&B has become her medium of expression.

For those who don’t yet know Mighloe, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a 25-year-old singer and songwriter from the suburbs of Toronto. I have been creating for just over 5 years now. My music is often considered as R&B Soul vibes, but can be alternative, moody and cinematic. I take inspiration from my experiences in love, lust and longing. I am constantly inspired by nature in the way it lives and breathes through us. Music has always been my way of expression, the only way I can be brutally honest with myself. Music is my voice, it’s who I am. 

When did you first start making music in earnest?

I was in my second year of college in 2016, when a professional in the field I was striving for came in and told us what to expect in a career in criminal Justice. After that class I quickly dropped out, and made the decision that music was and always will be my true passion, and it was time to make it a career. A couple weeks after that, I had the opportunity to get in a studio for the first time. Being in that booth, felt like home, it was safety and salvation. From then I knew I was made for this, and I gave it my all.

We’ve just heard the brand new single ‘Don’t Call Me’ which is such an understated power flex, how were you inspired to write this song?

With everything that has been going on in the world, all the madness, the illness, the overwhelming anxiety that seems to be captivating us all, I was simply Fed up. I just didn’t want to hear from anybody. I was done with people asking questions, done with people begging for attention in spaces they invaded. I was done with giving any of my sacred energy to those who were undeserving. I basically just wanted to say FUCK YOU to everyone, so I just said it politely. DON’T CALL ME. 

What was the idea behind the music video? And did covid get in the way of filming?

It all started with that little red rotary phone. I love all things old fashioned and so with the visual I really wanted to emulate a Bad Bitch Business woman. To me, that was the 80’s skirt suit and jacket. We wanted this visual to be as to the point as the song is, simple and fierce. Just a beautiful woman who clearly has her shit together and doesn’t need anyone to provide her with the confidence she exudes on a daily. Because it was a small production with just one scene, we were able to rent out a studio that was willing to host our small team of 7 people, and so Covid didn’t get in the way too much for this one. 

Speaking of the dreaded pandemic, how are you coping with being in the music industry through this trying time?

Honestly, and I hate to say it because I know this pandemic has sucked immensely for so many people, but it has been really good for me. This pandemic has given me the time I needed to really sit down and focus and finish my album. I am lucky enough to work with a team of producers who have a dope set up in their room , and so quarantine gave us the time to bang out the project and really work it from scratch. Also, being in such a state of madness I think has brought more listeners to the world of up and coming musicians, and so I have been able to reach a broader audience, which intern provided more opportunities. Don’t get me wrong though, I cannot wait to get back to real life networking and live performance cause now I’m trying to get this BAG. 

When the pandemic ends, what’s the first thing that you’re going to do?

A LIVE SHOW! I cannot wait to get back on stage and perform for a crowd who really loves live music. I miss that the most. 

The sound of ‘Don’t Call Me’ is rooted in R&B, why are you drawn to this genre to express your art?

Growing up in a mixed family home, I was introduced to many different genres of music, and R&B always seemed to be the one that touched my soul. There is something about a soothing voice, speaking to love and what it means. Rhythm and Blues is just who I am. I have always been told my voice is that of an old soul, one that has carried heavy weight. R&b music allows me to relax and relieve that weight, to sit with myself and just be. 

Last year you released ‘Sunflower’, how has your music and yourself as an artist changed between now and then?

So much of myself has changed since ‘Sunflower; in early 2020. With this new project, I have learned to be real with myself. I have learned to embrace my constant yearning for home, and have come to terms with the idea that I don’t really know who I am yet, but I am finding my way to her.  Allowing myself to know these things, openly, has given me a new found confidence that exudes through my art like never before. I am aware of my emotions on another level, I am honest with the universe, and you can really feel it in this new music. 

Looking ahead, are you planning to release any more music this year?

I am very excited to announce that I will be releasing my first ever full Album in the coming months. ‘Don’t Call Me’ is just one of the 7 amazing tracks that will be featured in this work. But before the official Album release I will be teasing two more singles from the project! So definitely keep both eyes and ears out for the masterpiece that is Desperate Times.

Follow Mighloe on Instagram.

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