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Mary Miller talks influences and her first EP

Congratulations on becoming part of ReBalance, how has joining the initiative helped you?
Thank you! It was due to ReBalance I was able to record my EP, which felt like an accomplishment in itself. After that, I was able to finally release it and actually have music out! The help didn’t end there either, the support and opportunities to come from ReBalance have been constant, which is so helpful when you’re starting out!

How important is it that we address gender imbalance within the music industry?
It’s vital and things like ReBalance are a godsend working towards a level playing field to show young females that they can do anything they want to with the same rights and opportunities as boys!

What struggles have you faced within the industry and what advice do you have to those going through the same things or trying to get a foot in the door?
I would say the main struggle when you start out is money, that’s why initiatives like ReBalance and other PRS Foundation schemes, Help Musicians UK, LIMF Academy for Liverpool artists, etc. offering money to upcoming artists is so important. I would say just stay updated on what funding is available and make sure you enter everything – try not to be disheartened if you don’t receive any!

Who has influenced your sound?
I’ve always been massively into hip-hop, guitar music and electronic music. Artists who massively inspired me would be Jai Paul, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, King Krule, Best Coast, The xx, Fleetwood Mac, Jesus + Mary Chain, A Tribe Called Quest, Frank Ocean, The Fugees, The Cure, Joanna Newsom, Goldlink, Duckworth, SBTRKT, Tyler the Creator and Beach House.

What’s your favourite memory from performing at a festival?
It would have to be Liverpool Music Week, the first time I played that. It was my first big gig and the atmosphere was just beyond what I’d expected, I got such a buzz from playing to such a big audience and also got to open for Let’s Eat Grandma! Liverpool Music Week is always a really fun one to play.

Where do you draw your inspirations from?
Listening to as much music as possible…especially anything with interesting production; when there’s an album that really hits me I get so inspired – ‘Hive Mind’ by The nIternet had a huge effect on me and ‘IV’ by badbadnotgood.

Where would you like to see yourself this time next year?
I’d love to play more festivals; it’d be great to do Leeds, Glasto, Parklife and a BBC Introducing session!

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