I’ve been a fan of Thao (and her Get Down Stay Down crew) and Mirah in their solo efforts for a while now. Each has such a distinct style — it was actually difficult for me to audiolize (did I just make up that word? Think visualize but for the ears) at first — especially upon hearing Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YarDs fame was doing a lot of the producing.
The collaborative album from Thao & Mirah , aptly named Thao & Mirah, has been on my best of 2011 list since the second the first chords of “Eleven” hit my ears. Sure, the one song was just a small taste of what was to come, but the heart and soul that was poured into that one song convincing enough to believe the rest of the album would be just as great. And I was absolutely right.
We had the chance to catch up with Mirah, who was at a local record store trying to find a physical copy of their album at the time. Once she found it, she hopped on her bike (I made sure she was wearing a helmet) and we started our conversation.
Thao and Mirah
AfterEllen.com: This interview really comes at an interesting time for me because I’m reading Chuck Klosterman book Eating the Dinosaur and the very first chapter basically asks the question, “Why do people answer interview questions?”
AE: Yeah, I was wondering. You should check out that book. Have you heard of Chuck Klosterman before?
AE: For me, I love doing interviews but they get me very anxious and I get butterflies in my tummy. I get so nervous because I think, “What can I ask these people that they haven’t been asked before, that they would actually be excited to talk about besides their projects?” Because that’s usually what everyone is asking about.
AE: I get that. You love it but sometimes it becomes a chore to talk about it. It’s bad.
AE: But for me, on the interviewer part, reading the book, it actually intrigues me and scares me like, “Why are they talking to me?”
AE: Right, because I want it to be fun and really get to the personality of whomever I am talking to.
AE: Umm, I can hear you OK right now.
AE: Good, that does make me feel better.