Interview: Miri Floores about her passion for music
Miri Floores is a talented artist with a passion for techno music.
Miri Floores was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, moved to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, where she continues to pursue her creative vision – creating music that combines stunning melodies with infectious grooves and great beats.
For some people, arts and creativity are more than just entertainment: they are a way of life that is deeply tied to their personality, connected beautifully to their vision and energy as human beings. With her passion and ability to express herself as a musician, Miri Floores is able to truly reach out to a wide audience with her one-of-a-kind attitude and infectious enthusiasm.
Read all about Miri Floores in the Q&A below while enjoying the mix she made for us.
Hey Miri, how are you these days?
All good, thank you.
For fans who don’t know much about you (yet), could you tell us a bit about your musical background and how you ended up in the world of electronic music?
As a child, I was part of a fanfare group where I played the drums. I studied fashion design and 3,5 years ago I started to create festival clothing for people that go to festivals like Burning Man and Coachella.
Last year was the first time for me to be at a festival. I received an invitation from a friend. At the end of the day, I saw Paula Temple play, I was captured and fascinated by the way she was playing and just loved her music.
Last year September I supposed to have a date but the guy never showed up. So I decided to go to a club in Rotterdam with a good friend of mine. Two DJ ‘s were playing a combination of techno and African beats and it felt like going being back to my roots. During this night out my good friend asked me if I liked to learn mixing music. The rest is history.
After that night, I have been introduced to Sam, my teacher and coach. Since then my new life as a DJ began. I have learned to play EDM, then moved on an started to focus on techno 5 days a week about 3 hours a day plus 2 hours at night preparing everything for the next day.
Was electronic music always your main influence when you were younger?
No, at the time I wasn’t influenced by electronic music only the hard beats that we made by ourselves.
As I read correctly you are Brazilian. With so much music in that beautiful country, you must have had many influences?
Yes, of course, we have many influences. My mother is from Africa and my father is European and a third part of my family are Indians from the Amazon. I was born in Rio de Janeiro and I lived there until I reached the age of 7. After that, we moved to the countryside in São Paulo. But from where I lived I still had this industrial São Paulo feeling.
Once a year we have carnival in Brazil but what most people do not know is that the Brazilians are preparing for this big event all year long. As a child walking around the streets back from the school I always heard the music around me. During my childhood years, we always played outside on the street where we often found sticks of trees and with these sticks we played the drums about songs that we often heard on the radio.
What about your childhood was unique and most contributed to the adult/artist you’ve become?
I have been able to taste the swing of Rio and the hard industrial side of São Paulo.
What are your fondest musical memories?
My fondest musical memories were at Ipanema beach. On a certain afternoon, I was surrounded by al kinds of music and all sort of sounds. Unexplainable but a great experience.
In your house?
My dad playing the guitar. My mother sang all day during her work at home.
In your neighbourhood or town?
At the church, I sang in a gospel group, during the weekend I was with the scouts where I was part of a fanfare band where I learned how to play the drums.
What attracts you the most in techno music?
The hard beats that trigger many feelings.
When playing, do you play vinyl or digital?
I play digital but I think that playing vinyl sets is way more personal and brings more value to the set.
What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful you reckon?
When I play a set, the build-up and how people react to the music. I compare this with going to a theatre where also a story is told with a beginning, middle and end.
A strong set can be truly be more than the sum of its parts. How, do you feel, is the music transformed in the hands of a DJ?
During my set, I’m so focused on what I‘m playing. At the same time, I feel like I am in a trance transformed by the music itself using the technical aspects I have learned to bring the music to a higher level.
In which way are you actively trying to create an experience that is more than just stringing together a few excellent records?
By experiencing what I play to be one with the music not only in what I’m hearing but with my whole body.
The music industry is a tough world. What do you find most challenging about it?
To stay focussed when it comes down to producing music and create my own identity.
What was your biggest accomplishment & best moment to date & where do you see yourself going this current year, any big plans or you just going with it?
My first EP is almost finished. And this year my focus will be producing more music and to be able to play some live sets.
As you are based in Rotterdam, what would be 2 things that you would suggest to do or see when visiting?
Clubs Toffler and Factory 010
What’s the last thing you saw that made you smile?
Last day, when I captured a sound on the streets and transformed it into an amazing loop.
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