Toronto-born UNA MIA is ready to captivate audiences with her sultry debut single, “Lose You.” The record pulls from the alt-pop singer’s own personal experiences and marks a significant step in her artistic journey by introducing her unique sound and songwriting prowess.
UNA MIA’s musical roots are diverse, blending Balkan folk, blues, and R&B, all of which were instilled in her from a young age by her first-generation immigrant mother from Bosnia. The eclectic mix is evident in “Lose You,” where she combines warm guitar lines and crisp beats with her smooth, whispery vocals.
Reflecting on her collaboration with COLORSxSTUDIOS, UNA MIA expressed her gratitude: “Working with the COLORS team was an amazing experience. Their kindness, professionalism, and welcoming nature made it feel surreal to be part of something I’ve long admired. I’m deeply grateful for the support I’ve received.”
Drawing inspiration from musical giants like Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles, UNA MIA’s debut EP promises an intimate glimpse into her life, with each song resembling a personal diary entry. The upcoming release is set for next year, with the artist exploring her personal growth, autonomy, and the complexities of womanhood. Furthermore, the songs will reflect a journey of self-discovery and internal conflict, wrapped in a sound that’s deeply rooted in R&B and soul.
UNA MIA’s “coming of age” tale promises to be an honest and assertive account of facing an unknown future and finding inner peace. Below, we spoke to the artist about her childhood, turning music into a full-time career, her debut offering “Lose You,” and more.
Going back to the beginning, what was your childhood like? When did you get introduced to music?
Throughout my childhood, I grew up listening to a lot of Balkan folk and rock music because my parents are actually from Bosnia. At the same time, my mom also introduced me to blues and R&B. I was about five or six years old, and we were just listening to artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin. We also enjoyed our fair share of “American Idol” episodes, but I really grew to love singing super fast and just stuck with it.
Was there a definitive moment when you thought that you could take music more seriously?
So, it was in my third year of university that I actually decided to take music more seriously. I was studying English Literature at the time and it was really cool, but I just wasn’t as passionate about it as I was about music. Because when I should have been studying, I was writing and networking a bit and making covers.
So I just had this calling in me that was telling me, like, just go for it. Just try it. You love it. You’ve always wanted to do it even though I had people in my ear saying, “Don’t do it. It’s unstable. It’s unpredictable. Like you don’t know what’s gonna happen.” I kind of had this innate belief in myself to just trust the process and try my best
Let’s talk about your debut single, “Lose Me.” What inspired this record, and what do you want listeners to take away from it?
My song “Lose You” is about the tumultuous emotions of wanting to save a romantic relationship and fearing that if you say the wrong thing or say something out of honesty that you know, you could push the person you love the most away. When I wrote this song, I was seeing somebody, and I didn’t realize how much feeling insecure about yourself and lacking self-love can directly affect the relationship you’re in.
If you feel impostor syndrome in your own relationship, it’s only going to energetically push away that significant other. So what I realized was more love I showed myself and the more I acknowledged my own self-worth, the more the relationship would thrive. So my message to you guys is to always put yourself first.
Where do you begin your songwriting process? Is there a particular environment that you work best in?
So, I like to start my songwriting process by building a beat from scratch with my producers. And we keep it really simple just so I can really focus and hone in on the writing. I kind of freestyle a few times. I pick the melodies that I like most and then arrange them in a way that makes sense.
Then regarding penning the actual song, I kind of go off of whatever the instrumentation makes me feel or think of and create the mood that way. Regarding the environment, I like to keep it very small, maybe four people max in the room, and I’m very used to recording in home studios, but I really like the bigger studios as well.
Being an artist, style can be equally important when it comes to feeling confident and being onstage. What are you wearing these days?
When it comes to my style, I would definitely say I’m a minimalist, but I also really like certain strong accent pieces that complement the outfit as a whole. So on a day-to-day basis, you could probably catch me wearing a long form-fitting dress with a comfortable baggy leather jacket and some faux snakeskin boots with some dainty jewelry. Onstage, I mean, I loved what I wore for my COLORS performance. I just really admire the mix of feminine, elegant aspects and the edginess that was a part of that outfit. Yeah, style is super important to me.
Looking ahead, your debut EP is slated to drop next year. Can we get any hints at what to expect?
So, I’m definitely willing to drop some hints about this upcoming EP, which I’m so excited for. It is a coming-of-age story about being your own hero. In it, I reflect on the last few years of my life and the experience of going after what means the most to you. All of these songs are so beautiful and special to me, and I really can’t wait for you guys to hear them.