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Here comes a case study from my personal experience with the artist Millie Mountain from the United Kingdom whom I have never met in person. We have a mutual friend, I’ve heard her sing, and occasionally, snippets of her unique style-driven life crawl into my Insta feed. At some point, I was intrigued by what she had to say. And now I invite you to meet Millie.

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Millie is not trying too hard to be liked. She’s gifted but doesn’t take her talent for granted. She models, but you can tell it’s means rather than the ends for her. You’d find yourself chatting to her at your colleague’s birthday party. She may or may not be the reincarnation of Amy Winehouse as she belts out Somewhere Over the Rainbow, giving you fist-sized goosebumps. 

She may or may not be the reincarnation of Amy Winehouse as she belts out Somewhere Over the Rainbow, giving you fist-sized goosebumps.

As I invite you to meet Millie,  I just want to add: if we’re going to keep scrolling, let’s go out of our way to find people who have something to say, as opposed to those trying to sell us a new mascara or an armchair. Let’s use our likes as gentle and reassuring shoulder squeezes when we like someone’s work. Especially when they are only beginning to receive the acclaim they deserve. 

Lovely to finally e-meet you! What are three things you would like people in and beyond your Instagram universe to know about you? 

That I am down to earth, truthful, and committed.

What motivates you to get up in the morning? 

Knowing how much I have got to do, the more I have to do, the more motivated I am to get it all done as fast as possible. I love getting things done! I also love getting those things done, so afterward I can sit back and chill knowing I’ve got that under my belt.

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What have you learned about yourself during the last rather strange few weeks?

I’ve had a lot of thinking time and space over the past few weeks to get my head together and learn how to better control my negative inner projections. I’m using this time to stay productive, and it’s motivating me to get things done as I usually don’t have that time in my normal daily life.

What was your normal daily life like?

When I say “normal” daily life, what I’m talking about is in my workflow, away from my creative flare. During my day where I’m so preoccupied doing other necessities that I am unable to dedicate strict time to doing what I would choose to do if it weren’t for all those commitments. I’ve found that I’ve been a lot better at moving forward with my music step by step since being forced to stay at home –  I could even say it’s what I’ve needed.

Who are the five people you’d like to isolate with for the rest of the quarantine, and why?

Erykah Badu – she is an inspiration. She would be one of the most enjoyable companies to be around during this period. She is such an open, free spirit, and uses this sort of time, much like how I would choose to use it, connecting with my inner demons, expressing through sound and vibrations. She has even started a virtual gig, too, which you can view from the comfort of your own home. Anyway, just vibing with her energy would bring me onto another level mentally.

Erykah Badu – she really is an inspiration. She would be one of the most enjoyable companies to be around during this time period. She is such an open, free spirit and uses this sort of time much like how I would choose to use it, connecting with my inner demons, expressing through sound and vibrations.

Seth Rogan – he would be my uncle if I could choose to have another. He is a cool guy. I would just sit down and talk for hours on end with him about life generally and smoke a lot. What better way to pass this time?

Quincy Jones – if I were quarantined with this incredible guy here, I would, without a doubt, make history. With a mind like his mixed with my enthusiasm, open mind, and ideas… Say no more.

Baddie Winkle – listen, this woman is an inspiration. I honestly just wish I can be like her at that age, with just as much sparkle and positivity. I think being in a space with her, even just for a short period, would change my perspective on life a little more. She proves that age is just a number.

Wim Hof – enough said, look him up, and you’ll be in shock, literally. He is someone I would have endless questions about the body and mind and someone who would fascinate me massively. So many parts of me wish to be pushed out of my comfort zone and explore things than some may feel are humanely insane or impossible. What another way to live?

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I’m writing this question down as I’m listening to Sleeping on My Own. How was the song born? 

It was born the same way all my songs are born when I feel emotionally inspired. It represents the embodiment of loneliness, pain, and a lack of control. It represents selfishness and a sense of trying to free oneself, as well as a sense of an internal punishment/battle to let go of negative energy.

Has the soul always been your preferred genre?

I have always been a lover of music as a whole; I’ve never had a ‘favourite’ genre. I just have a preferred taste and get inspiration from a variety of different sounds. It depends on my mood what I want to sing or listen to. My main inspirations growing up would have to be hip-hop, soul, blues, reggae, and jazz. But yes, I would consider myself a soul singer.

I have always been a lover of music as a whole, I’ve never had a ‘favourite’ genre, I just have a preferred taste and get inspiration from a variety of different sounds.

How do you deal with uncertainty in life? 

I don’t deal with it; I struggle in many ways, actually. I’m no different from anyone else, but people that love to sugarcoat everything are just hurting themselves. We all have our crashes and our downs. But when one of us is down, there is usually always someone there to lift you.

We all have our crashes and our downs. But when one of us is down, there is usually always someone there to lift you up.

If we were all feeling horrible all the time about the uncertainty of life, then there would be nobody to pick us back up again. But there are always people around you thinking positively, seeing beyond the immediate surroundings. It’s easy to fall into a small-minded approach when you feel closed off or scared, but we should never lose the ability to see the bigger picture and learn from those around us.

What’s the first thing you’ll do once we’re all free to roam free?

The first thing I am going to do is book studio time ASAP! I need to finish recording some things for my upcoming debut extended playlist, Blurred Out Faces. I cannot wait to get out there and release all my music as it sounds amazing

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