Originally posted on Emerge Magazine:
Mia Dyson on her forthcoming EP and touring with The Waifs
Australian singer-songwriter Mia Dyson had an incredible time last year, with the release of her fifth album, Idyllwild and being named Double J Artist of the Year. You’d think she’d be exhausted and want to take a break or maybe even a nap this year, but she’s a trooper, embarking on a tour with long time friends, The Waifs and even squeezing in some time to produce another EP.
Dyson first shot to fame in 2003 with her debut album, Cold Water, which led to a series of successful follow-ups that saw her taking her show on the road both around Australia and overseas. In 2009, she made the decision to move to the States and break into the American music scene, and she hasn’t looked back. “I think the States and particularly LA where I live, is a very inspiring place to be, it’s a total melting pot there’s so many people from all around the world who come to live out their dreams”, says Dyson.
Her currently untitled upcoming EP is due early 2016 and will build on Idyllwild’s rock direction. “We recorded this one in Nashville with a different producer, so it’s definitely going to have a different sound. There’s a bit of Nashville influence on some of the songs, but there’s a real variety of music overall. None of the other tracks sound like Tearing Up The Lawn.”
This new musical endeavour gave the Victorian native the chance to work closely with her husband on lyrics – something she’s never done before. Her brand new single, Tearing Up The Lawn is just a small dose of what the couple will be serving up. “It’s a song that we wrote together and we compared notes on our juvenile delinquency – that sort of early teenage era when we would sneak out and run around seeing what we could get away with”, says Dyson.
“WRITING WITH MY HUSBAND IS A COMPLETE REVELATION COMPARED TO WRITING BY MYSELF. HE’S ALWAYS WRITTEN POETRY AND STORIES, I JUST STARTED TRYING TO PUT SOME OF HIS POEMS TO MUSIC AND I WAS LOVING IT SO MUCH THAT I SAID WE SHOULD TRY WRITING TOGETHER. WE DID, AND FOUND THIS SYNERGY THAT I WASN’T EXPECTING AT ALL, WE LOVE COLLABORATING AND IT’S SO MUCH MORE FUN FOR ME THAN WRITING ON MY OWN.”
Dyson is presently supporting The Waifs on their ‘Beautiful You’ tour, which will see her taking in 16 shows across the country, playing fan favourites from her broad catalogue, but it’s sharing the stage with her old friends again that has her truly excited. “They’re just a great bunch of people, I’ve known them going on ten years and they’ve got such a loyal following, they’re still playing for such big audiences, it’s really fun to be on the road with them”, says Dyson.
“I’m just always keeping an eye on what they’re up to, and I knew I wanted to come and tour but I didn’t really want to do a headline tour on the back of the one single, knowing that the EP would come out next year, so I just asked them if they had an opener for their tour and they didn’t and were happy to have me.”
That being said it’s not all fun and games and she is conscious about giving fans a memorable show they can take with them after the lights turn back on. “Certainly for the shows I’ve been practicing a lot for my solos because it’s very different to playing with the band, I’ve been picking and choosing which songs work and making sure the arrangement is right.”
So what’s next on the agenda after she’s done touring this time around? “I hope to be recording another EP at the end of the year, which will be released obviously sometime next year after the current one. Then touring early next year, I’ll be back here again in March hopefully, for some festivals and headlining shows.”
Make sure you keep an eye out for Mia Dyson’s new EP, in the mean time have a listen to Idyllwild below for a taste of what’s to come.
Story by Nizza Munoz