Rising Star: Mia Giovina

All the tea on her debut single – Sirens.

I’m not afraid to admit it; for a long time Mia Giovina has been one of the few girls making my tiny corner of the internet glow a little brighter. 

After following her on TikTok for most of quarantine and double-tapping every video she puts out. It’s no understatement that I RAN to Spotify when she released her debut single Sirens. 

And it certainly did not disappoint. Everything her audience has come to expect from her: beautiful melodies, a honeyed voice, and songwriting that feels like she wrapped her arms around your brains and pulled out your private most thoughts.

At The Femme, we caught up with her to ask her some questions about the making of her first single.

What were your musical influences growing up?

M: “My parents are huge country music fans so I grew up around a lot of artists like Shania Twain, Jennifer Nettles, Phil Vassar, and Lady A. I also was obsessed with musical theatre and movie musicals such as the classic high school musical movies. I think a lot of my love for storytelling through my songs comes from being surrounded by that kind of music.”

Where do you take inspiration from with your songwriting?

M: “I recently discovered Phoebe Bridgers. She completely changed the way I view songwriting. Her music is so hauntingly real, raw and conversational. I would always find myself hitting a wall because I didn’t have some epic love story or heartbreak to write about. I thought what I had to write about wasn’t worth listening to. But once I started writing about the things I had really gone through, like mental health and body image issues, I think that’s when my music started to resonate with not only my audience but with myself.”

How do you feel growing your TikTok audience has impacted your singing/songwriting?

M: “I don’t think I would be the artist I am today if it weren’t for TikTok. I feel like TikTok made me fall in love with being a musician again. Since I’ve started posting on the app, I’ve become a passionate hard worker who is always looking to grow and better myself. Tiktok surrounds me with people who truly believe in me and give me the motivation to keep going.”

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You blew up on TikTok for often creating songs from the other point of view; what is that creative process like?

M: “My rewrites are so special to me and are always such a fun process. I usually try to choose songs that I truly love. I always like to have an understanding of the background of a song before I try to write another part of the story so I do a lot of lyric analysis before I even start writing. Once I have a firm idea of where I want to go with it, the writing can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour depending on how focused I am. Once I’ve written the lyrics, I move to Logic Pro x where I record all the music and vocals!”

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Sirens is about outgrowing your hometown; where did the inspiration come from this?

M: “Throughout quarantine, you’re kind of forced to be alone with your thoughts, and so I started reflecting on my life. I have lived in the same place for almost my entire life. I kind of came to the conclusion that although I love Jersey and I love my life here, I’d like to see the person I could become outside of Jersey.”

What was the process like for creating your first single?

M: “The process was stressful to say the least. I hit a million walls throughout trying to create this song, whether it was writing, vocals, finding producers, etc. but in the end I think it was all worth it. I now have something I can be proud of and look back on as the start to a beautiful journey.”

What has been the reaction to Sirens?

M: :The reaction to Sirens has absolutely blown my mind. I knew a couple of people would like it but I don’t think I ever expected this many people to love it. The amount of people who have reached out to me and shared their story and told me how much they relate to the song is incredible. I am so grateful.”

Could you give us any hints for your plans for the future? Is there an EP on the horizon?

M: “I don’t want to give too much away but I will say I am about to start working on my next single and I’m super excited to get this one out into the world.”

We know that at The Femme HQ we’ll be waiting with our breath held to see what Mia does next. Her debut single, Sirens, is featured on our March Tunes playlist; so head over to our Spotify to check it out!

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