“Herve, hi; Of course I remember you, we met in Paris”
And with those few precious words, the ember from a conversation that was lit four years ago reignited, sparking a much cherished friendship.
The most beautiful city in the world has a tendency to embed itself into your psyche. In my case, it wasn’t through nostalgia, but the phenomenon of social media, with its capacity to connect people and places which may otherwise have been lost through the passage of time.
Yes, Mia and I met in a bar, in a quaint corner of Paris’ artistic and cultural precinct.
Describing her memories of that fateful night, the subject of my article surmised that our energies shared a “common weakness for the beauty of Paris and its electrifying surrounds”.
Unknowingly, I responded to a telephone conversation with a nod and a smile, happy just to bathe in a ‘common weakness’, with my beautiful friend.
So tell me, why did the Universe decide Paris was the place to make our acquaintance?
“Paris is just an immense pod of creativity”.
Mia, who is also known by her stage name Kiki, began our interview by speaking of her earliest childhood memories as the daughter of a musician, listening to her father practise his drumming on the dashboard of the family car.
“I was always surrounded by creativity; I studied dance, acting and music but could not decide which I wanted to pursue. Those passions drive me artistically every day.”
Do you recall the exact moment when you knew music would be a significant influence in your life?
“It was the moment when I wasn’t afraid to express myself. It happened when I started to have intense dreams about music at a very young age. My dreams are very vivid; and they involve songs and lyrics that do not yet exist. I always keep a tape recorder next to my bed.”
Talk to me about your motivations
“I quote Aristotle when I say”:
‘All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion and desire’.
“My addictions in life and with my music all come from these causes, not just passion. I love the sudden shift in Mother Nature. A rain storm can really bring out the best in me, I crave that!”
So in passion there are dreams or do dreams evoke passion? Chicken and egg argument, I guess.
What is your dream, Mia?
“My dream is to produce music for cinema. I love mixing electronic music in my own way. And in the future I feel like my music will evolve in a great way because I never want to stop learning. The fusion of classical music by playing live with instrumentalists during my gigs was moving. I wanted to emote with people on a different level”.
Mia has recently returned home to Sydney after years away absorbing the essence of her profession; music that continues to inspire her journey through life.
“The opera in Bastille inspired me to experiment with the relationship between art and music.
So what is the most profound thing you can say about your music?
“My music proves that we do not need to interact with words to express a state of mind!”
Very true! My profession relies on words to tell a story. Your profession creates sounds to express thoughts and feelings.
It’s remarkable when you think this beautiful young lady, who I boastfully call ‘my friend’, has spent her life mixing electronic music in some of the biggest clubs in Europe. And yet there is not the ego that too often accompanies musicians of this calibre.
“I am evolving in a way that I did not expect.”
So where have you performed some of your bigger gigs?
“I was lucky enough to perform at the Oasis Ball at Town Hall in Sydney and then just after that Club Nova in Hong Kong”.
Is there a city in the world where you plan to visit and draw inspiration?
“Buenos Aires, Havana, New York and perhaps somewhere in India are some of the places I have not explored yet. I still feel my sense of these cities remain untouched, which leaves something to the imagination. I would like to explore the relationship between people and music, the audio-visual stimulation between cultures.”
Now, I’d like you to finish this sentence …
It’s all about me it’s my time to … “create music that inspires other!”
Conversations that span oceans of time are not often captured in their magnitude. My friendship with Mia speaks to all the wonderful qualities of humanity. It is an acknowledgement that lessons are learned not always at a time they are expected or indeed desired. But to take each gift and cherish that gift for as long as it is in your possession, for it will not always be.