We got to sit down with recording artist ‘ Mint Moscow Mule who trained as a classical pianist and started writing her story in lyrical form.
What’s your name & where are you from?
My name is Mint Moscow Mule and you can call me Minty. I am from Shanghai, China. But I live in Los Angeles, California now. I love this city from the bottom of my heart. A little story behind the name is that Moscow Mule is my favorite drink, and I like it minty. I went to Moscow a couple of times when I was younger, and Moscow is a city means a lot to me.
Describe your musical stylings.
*laughs* I am not really good at this, but I guess it’s Pop/Singer-songwriter/Indie. My music influenced by Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Lana Del Rey, Regina Spektor, Birdy…etc.
What’s different about your brand versus everyone else out here?
I care about the stories behind the music. Every single song of mine has a story behind it. It’s my story, but if the audience related to them in any kind of way, it’s their stories too.
Tell us about your fan base?
My fans are the people who really care about the stories and emotions behind the music. They are not afraid of emotions and embrace them. They love meaningful lyrics and try to find a piece of themselves in my music.
Have you done any live performances?
Yes, I am studying in USC Thornton School of Music at the moment, so I am doing most of the performances in school. But I am going to start playing out soon.
Describe your favorite so far.
It’s really hard for me to choose one favorite. Like I mentioned before, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Lana Del Rey, Regina Spektor, Birdy, Vance Joy, James Bay… They are all big influences in my music.
Who would you love to share the stage with?
If I could share the stage with anyone it would be Lana Del Rey. Her music inspires me so much and it would be such an honor to play with her.
Describe where you want to be in the future musically.
In the future, I want more and more people to listen to my music and hope it makes some sort of difference in their lives. That’s what music means to me.
What artist do you look up to currently?
An artist that I look up to currently is Regina Spektor. She is an incredible singer-songwriter and pianist. Just like her, I trained as a classical pianist when I was young. Her music really inspires me and she has really interesting lyrics.
Can we expect any new music soon?
I just released my debut EP Loner. And yes I am also working on some other music.
What’s your writing process for your music?
I always start with a title. Sometimes it just pops into my head, sometimes it takes days, weeks or even months to come up with a perfect title. And then I finish the lyric. Then I add music to it. Sometimes I change the lyrics when I write the music. I always write personal, and really vulnerable stuff because I want my music to be real.
What’s your favorite song you’ve recorded so far?
Probably is my first single “Loner”. I wrote it in a period of my life that I traveled and moved around a lot. I felt like people in my life come and go, no one really stays. I know a lot of people feel the same way. I hope they can find themselves in this song.
Does your fan base have a name?
I don’t think so. I hope it’s gonna be something related to Minty haha.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans as you grow?
I always want to be close to them and listen to their stories. Other people’s stories always inspire me and influence my music.
How has your career been musically so far?
It’s like a journey to me. I feel really lucky to live in LA and pursue my passion. I met a lot of interesting people. So far I am enjoying the journey and I believe that it always gets better.
Do you have any advice for an aspiring artist?
Don’t let other people tell you what you can do or what you can’t do. Follow your dreams. They are just not brave enough so they want everyone just settles down like them. Dream big and never give it up.
What is something positive you’ve done in the community lately?
I’ve been working with other musicians in the community lately. We are so different but somehow we brought different vibe into each other’s music and it all worked out.
How do you want your legacy to be remembered?
I want people to remember me as a storyteller, someone who is honest to herself and her music.
What is something you think about when you hear the phrase ‘It’s A GIVEN.’?
It’s a given that nothing is easy. It’s a given that we should never give up just because it’s not easy. It’s a given that we are meant to do something great.
Anything else you’d like to add? Any final words for your supporters?
Music is the best thing happens in my life, and I am so blessed to be able to share my music with you guys. Thank you for listening to my stories. I want to hear yours as well.