Five minutes with Mihra

Five minutes with Mihra

From the solo project of Chevaunne Keleher to a full band, alternative pop outfit Mihra released their debut album, Hoping for Gold, in 2016 Their follow-up album, Girl and Her Symbols, is coming, teased as a concept album detailing “an individual dream from a month long period of keeping a Carl Jung inspired dream journal”. We chat to Mihra ahead of a gig in Warrnambool.
Hi Mihra, thanks for chatting to Forte. First up, can you give a quick intro to our readers about your music?
Our music aims to capture the night-time dream world but make it rhyme. On our upcoming album you’ll find abstract dream stories and experimental song structures, with snappy rock grooves, synths, guitars, quirky instrumental hooks and as much delay as we could get away with.
While you started your solo project back in 2014, you are also part of My Elephant Ride. What made you want to also explore music as a solo project?
I appreciate the balance between the more collaborative writing with My Elephant Ride and doing more of the directing with Mihra. We are still collaborative in Mihra, but I have a great opportunity being supported to fulfil an ambitious vision without compromising. On the other hand, collaborating can help vibrate ideas beyond what you can do in a lonely living room at midnight with a hot chocolate so it’s amazing to have both.
How did you originally get into music, has it always been in your blood or was there a defining moment for you?
I think it’s something to do with being an anxious kid and seeing artists on Video Hits being so comfortable with being weird and bold and self-expressed. Who doesn’t crave that?
Tell us about the album that you’ve been working on recently; we hear the album is a concept album with ‘each song details an individual dream from a month long period of keeping a Carl Jung inspired dream journal’… can you tell us about that?
Yes dreams are an endless source of intrigue and it’s great because you get new ones all the time! I found journaling daily made me remember them every morning and I could spend the day reflecting and interpreting them. It’s art your brain makes for itself! And this album is art about brain art. Jung knows where it’s at too- if you like thinking about it check out Man and His Symbols.
What do you love about performing live on stage?
Performing live is great because you can look the crowd in the eyes and feel something with them on another level than real life. I mean sometimes that level is them feeling awkward that you’re looking them in the eyes but it’s still beyond the norm and that’s wild. And I love when people dance. So come dance at The Loft on Aug 4th!
We’re looking forward to the gig in Warrnambool! What’s next for Mihra?
Next we are releasing our new album! It’ll be out in November on Wigwam Records. We’ll be playing a bunch of shows in the mean time, so come say hi!
When & Where: The Loft, Warrnambool – August 4.