INTERVIEW WITH MIGHLOE
Over the last two years, MighLoe has been quietly hustling to bring her first-ever EP to perfection. The singer elevates her rich, soulful vocals with a modern edge, creating a beautifully unique R&B sound. Her EP, All About You, will be out officially on Dec. 13th, which will give you three days to listen to it ~on repeat~ before seeing her live at our next R&B Sounds show, happening Dec. 16th. We caught up with MighLoe to talk about her style, what influences her and what to expect from her latest music.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say that my sound is very R&B soul. So it has those sensual elements of R&B, but has a lot of jazzy, kind of older tones to it.
Your latest song “Love/Hate” is so beautiful—what was your inspiration for the track?
So I was actually in a very, I guess, rocky relationship at the time. So it was very inspired by the elements of love and hate in a relationship. You can really love someone and love all the good stuff about them, but then there are some things that are not always perfect, so that can kind of deter you a little bit. For me it was a balance of both of those and deciding whether I should continue or like move on.
You’re releasing your first EP, All About You—how are you feeling? Excited? Nervous?
I’m so excited! I’ve been working on it for...like the last nine months I’ve been really focused on it but overall I’ve been working on it for like two years, so I’m so excited to show the world that I have different levels to my sound.
What can we expect from it?
So the EP is based, once again, on a tragic love story that starts out really great, very flirtatious and then it kind of sours over time. So each song, like the first one is the flirtatious, just getting to know you but, like, really excited about it. The second song is when you’re in it deep, there’s so much lust and excitement. The third song is the switch up—it’s actually called “Switch Up”—and that’s when it begins to sour and it’s like ‘oh what’s happening here? Why is it ending or why is it transitioning?’ and then the final song is like my cut-off point. It’s the point where you’ve been through all that, but you’re ok to say goodbye.
Where did the name MighLoe come from?
Actually my dad used to call me that as a kid and I just really took to it. Because when I wanted to become an artist, I didn’t want to be known as the “next Mariah”—because my real name is Mariah. Especially with her being such a big star, I would like to one day kind of compare to that, but I wouldn’t want to have that name hanging over me. So MighLoe was just something that was so easy, I was already used to it. So everyone who’s met me since becoming an artist knows me strictly as MighLoe.
I’ve heard you describe your vocals as an older sound—was that a conscious choice or just natural?
I think it’s more of a natural thing for me. I grew up listening to a lot of very old-school music, from like Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse—all those very soulful voices. So I think I did pick up a lot from those, but I think it’s always been a natural thing for me.
How long have you been singing?
I’ve literally been singing since before I could remember. I just grew up singing around the house. Everytime music was playing in the car I was singing with it. I would clean the kitchen with my sister and we’d like sing for hours and take so long to clean the kitchen. But it’s just been an everyday thing for me, I don’t remember the last day I went without singing—it’s like talking for me.
Did you always know you wanted to be a professional singer?
I think I always kind of thought about it, but I never really saw the potential of it being real until three years ago when I was able to get into the studio for the first time. So that experience was like, ‘wow singing is actually something you can do as a career, it’s very possible’ and I’m good at it, so why not actually do it and make my passion a career.
If you weren’t a musician, what career would you have chosen?
I was in school for criminal justice for a time, but I’ve always liked working with kids so if I wasn’t a musician I would probably work with kids in some aspect.
Being from Pickering, do you find Toronto has influenced your sound?
I wouldn’t say the city itself has been an influence on my sound. Maybe on my image more than anything. I definitely changed my look a bit when I started living in the city. As for my sound, when I first started I did a lot of jazzy kind of beats. When I started coming to the city, I was introduced to music through a bunch of rappers mainly. So a lot of the times I was getting beats that were 808s, like trappy kind of beats, so I’ve definitely learned to change my voice and tones a little bit to match those sounds, but I think I still kind of gear towards the older, very jazzy, very soulful sounds.