Mira Sthira Talks about Her Journey and Collaboration With Producer Mikheil on Her Song “Rip Tides (Going Down) – Mikheil Remix”
Meet Mira Sthira, as she capture our hearts yet again with her another version of her single “Rip Tides.” This time she collaborates with Producer Mikheil to create Rip Tides (Going Down) – Mikheil Remix”. “Mira Sthira” meaning “Ocean Strength” perfectly captures her essence – a force of nature, unyielding and authentic. Hailing from the mystical woods of Maine, she crafts indie pop wonders that mirror the spectrum of her soul – deep, dark, light, and delightfully quirky.
But there is so much more to this beautiful artist. By day, she’s a compassionate addiction counsellor, guiding others towards healing. By night, she transforms into a music maestro, healing the world as she transforms emotions and struggles into magical melodies. After her struggle with Arthritis, she found her true calling as she embraced pop music and it is not an exaggeration to say that her passion shines brighter than a million stars.
Her song “Rip Tides Going Down (Mikheil Remix)” is like a deep-sea exploration into the hidden corners of your soul. This collaboration with producer Mikheil is a bass house version of her original, “Rip Tides.” You will find intense melodies crashing like ocean waves, pulling you into a whirlpool of emotions as this remix takes the original to deeper levels of intensity. We were thrilled to sit down with the incredibly talented artist, Mira Sthira, to delve into the depths of her creative world. Read on as we unravel the captivating story behind her song “Rip Tides (Mikheil Remix) and her journey as an artist.
How did the idea for your song “Rip Tides” come about? Can you share the inspiration behind its creation?
I recall some of these words and melodies coming to me in the shower. I was feeling welled up with emotional water and heavy feelings that I had been coasting upon the surface of my mind and body, and not really exploring, rather avoiding my own depths and feelings through a variety of means. I have to admit that when music arrives for me it’s not always intention and I don’t always know what it means or what the idea is. But the concept that began weaving itself together is one of exploring ones depths, which often require going into new and perhaps scary and lonely territory. This song, being the first in a series of songs exploring my emotional journeying down, my challenges and my shadow-self begin to embody and integrate into new form. A journey I take both intentionally and also with the treacherous forces of nature far beyond my control, journeying down into the underworld, into the collective unconscious, into the unknown.
“Rip Tides” serves as the first single from your upcoming album, which focuses on the theme of shadow work. Can you give us a glimpse into the musical style and themes we can expect from the rest of the album?
Following Rip Tides, I encounter a song from my past along this journey that describes a relationship that was painful to me and disempowering. A song and relationship that would feel easier to avoid and disown, however this would not be authentic and integral to do so so this song comes along this journey as well as subsequent songs that take account for addictive relationships one can have with themselves and the inner dialogue that can keep one stuck as well as to free oneself from these patterns that we as humans so long to hide and subsequently repeat indefinitely in different forms. Perhaps the forms take shape as sea creatures that seem scary, like sharks, or like coral that we neglect and kill off in order to feed our own addictions. We need to value and support and to nurture all these creatures within us, understand their needs and to nurture ourselves and the planet as a whole. We need to understand ourselves much like we need to start understanding and supporting the actual creatures within our own ecosystems of which we are apart. Can we really actually do shadow work without this inclusion? Can we do shadow work without the inclusion of our bodies, which for many are sick and in pain? There will be other gems on this album, even actually a song with a silly but serious tone about my hopes that I can write a love song to an Alien who can take me off this planet of which humans are destroying. Ultimately, shadow work is lifelong and cannot be encapsulated in an album. But it will be part of the journey.
You have a remix version of this song with Mikheil. What was it like working with Mikheil on this project? How do you think his musical style has a new shape to the song?
Mikheil is a wonderful producer to work with and I have felt that our musical styles have a resonance, synchronisity and compability that I have felt with few other musicians. Mikheil is not just a producer, but he is an artist and musician and that is what I like about working with him. I can feel the emotion and energy he infuses in the music and when working on some of this album with me he has described the feelings of journeying underwater as well, finding it therapeutic and magical; an energy I believe he will always maintain with his music and his deep connection to what music means to him. As for the new shape he brought to the song, I feel he brought out the intensity and the darkness involved in the journey down into the emotions and collective unconscious that I was meaning to describe. His work parallels my feelings exactly but with a shared energy of his own that completes the work in an authentic way for both of us. For me when I work with a producer we are both taking the journey together, I am not in full control and neither are they, it is an unfolding.
How does the remix version of “Rip Tides” differ from the original? Did you have a specific vision in mind when reimagining the song with Mikheil?
It differs from the original in that it is more loud, powerful, dynamic, lengthier (a longer journey) and there is more emphasis on the instrumentals and bass house sounds. I added vocals at the end which were not a part of the original as well.
Are there any upcoming plans to promote the remix version of “Rip Tides”? Will there be a music video or any live performances associated with the release?
Yes! I have been promoting to a variety of Spotify playlisters, a few radio stations and would love to pitch for sync licensing.
As an addiction counselor, how has your background influenced your music? Have the struggles and transformations you’ve witnessed in others played a role in your songwriting?
I am sure that everything and everyone I know has influenced me in some way. I have certainly integrated experiences and my understanding of addiction into some of my work that will be appearing on this upcoming album and I think my understanding of how to work with others around addiction has also helped me continue to grow and heal myself as well as supporting others through means other than counseling, such as music.
Your artist name, “Mira Sthira,” is quite intriguing. Could you elaborate on the meaning behind it and how it represents your artistic style and vision?
Yes, Mira Sthira means “Ocean Strength” in Sanskrit which is actually an ancient language that was often sung and is still sung in communities such as the Kirtan or Yoga community which I have spend time with in my life. I do identify with music as a form of meditation, connection and spirituality for myself in my own ways and have felt connected to the Sanskrit language throughout my life. Ocean for me symbolizes the emotions and the collective unconscious/conscious soul. To navigate my relationship with Ocean requires great strength which I hope to keep developing and embodying. Strength that Mira Sthira has helped me with.
You have struggled with autoimmune arthritis in the past due to which you were unable to play guitar. This made you transition to creating pop music. How has this shift affected your creative process and style?
It’s shifted it significantly. It’s given me more focus on my voice which is the original sound and music really, before any instruments even ever existed! It’s helped me develop my songwriting vocally in ways that are different and improved and it’s also helped me connect more with others as a songwriter rather than just sitting in my room with by guitar and shutting out the world. I also have learned that I have to recognize my limits. If I am sitting still in one position too long no matter what I’m doing it’s likely to cause inflammation in my body and it’s important to pace myself and really be mindful of whether I’m grinding myself far too much. It’s also been frustrating, because as I made pop music (which costs money) I moved into promoting myself. As I began promoting music I’ve realized that the connection I seek in music communities is not really as deep as I feel it could be and I would like to find ways to improve this for myself and others that make music, particularly the form I make. I have developed a women’s group for all artists to join on zoom however and anyone is welcome to join.
What advice would you give to young musicians who are just starting out? Based on your own experiences, what can they learn from your journey in the music industry?
Music is for healing. Don’t let anyone at all control or manipulate you. You are in control. No one has the right to tell you what you can or can’t do. Also, be open to feedback but do not lose yourself to fit anything or anyone. Ever.