International diva Mia Martina has blessed us with a sexy visual for the hypnotic dance/pop track “La La...Danse” feat. Dev! The single follows the massive success of Mia’s debut album, Devotion, which was released in over 30 countries, produced a double platinum single (“Stereo Love”), two gold singles, and a Juno Award nomination. Mia also has over 40 million YouTube views, has topped the charts in Canada, Russia, Japan, and the Ukraine, and has performed with superstars Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, and others. The Canadian singer-songwriter is taking the industry by storm! Read my interview with Mia Martina below, and check out the red-hot music video for her newest single, “La La...Danse” feat. Dev!
BROWNIE MARIE: You have had such success in your career... What are some of the top moments that you’ve experienced so far?
MIA MARTINA: The most recent one is going #1 in Russia with a French record. I was #1 on the charts for 13 weeks. It’s such a great feeling because it’s a place that I’ve never been before, and they don’t speak any French at all... they just connected with the record musically. It was so beautiful to see that it was just about the music. That was a great moment.
I checked out the “La La...Danse” video and it was crazy! It’s sexy and there’s a panther and you’re in some type of S&M club... What was the concept behind the video?
We were trying to [invoke] a ‘70s type of feeling. It was Studio 54-inspired. I feel we accomplished that because it felt like we went back in time with this one-- being free, being crazy, just enjoying the music, and we just want to dance.
What is it like to see Mia Martina live?
It’s a very sexy show. Not as crazy as the [La La...Danse] video... I wish I could make it that crazy all the time! It’s definitely fun; it’s energetic. I bring a lot of different elements... I have a sax player, I have a full band. It’s very entertaining. My musicians are really [characters] themselves, and I make sure that my dancers are always in character. [I try to] bring something theatrical to it.
You started off as an intern at CP Music Group. How did you go from interning to being signed by them?
I worked in the office... was basically a gopher to the CEO [Tony Sal]... while I was going to university. I have been singing all my life... It’s always been a passion of mine, but [I] was very shy, and it was very difficult for me to get anything started because I came from such a small village. I came from a village of 500 people, so there opportunities were really not there for me. So I moved to a bigger city in Canada, went to university, and started the internship. [I decided] to do a demo and present it to the CEO after two years of interning. He listened to it and he was actually blown away, and he put me in the studio right away. It was good for in the sense that I took my time, and I really got to see the music industry from the business side... the “other side” that not a lot of people see. So I was ready for it.
Ok, you’re super good-looking. I can’t imagine you walking around the studio for two years and nobody said “Hey, girl, can you sing? Because you’re hot.”
(Laughs) Thank you. I never really thought about it that way. Looks help a little bit sometimes, yes.
Looks help a lot; especially in the entertainment industry. Do the images you put out really reflect your personality and style, or are you very different away from the cameras?
No, what you see is what you get from me. Usually, during the day, I’m a very laid-back person. I’m super chill. I love to dress up, but during the day I’m a jeans, t-shirt, cute shoes kind of girl.
I can relate to that! There are a lot of artists doing dance/pop music and it’s an international genre. What sets you apart from the competition?
I write my own music. I feel that as I travel a lot, and I go to so many different countries, and I speak three languages... It kind of puts me in my own little lane. I try to always blend the three [languages] into my music, and I always try to take [on] new influences. Let’s say if I go to India, and I hear a beautiful instrument or chord, or their way of doing their melodies and their chords... I try to implement that in my music because it gives me that [same] feeling. I don’t really try to follow the Top 40-- what you hear on the radio. I don’t go into the studio and say “I have to follow that.” I don’t put myself in that box. I kind of just do what makes me feel good at the moment.
For more on Mia Martina, visit www.MiaMartina.com.