Staying true to her signature and the cosmic sounds that we know and love, Alira Mun brings a cinematic and profound perspective to her creative journey. Recently, the Romanian musician, producer, and songwriter has released ‘Vis Lucid,’ the perfect song for the rowdiness of a summery music festival or the serenity of a high-intensity workout at the gym.
Alira cleverly uses field recordings with a memorable lead synth line that will stay in your head for days. The result is a track that feels energetic and nostalgic, grabbing you from the first beat and not letting you go. We talked with Alira about her newest single, but also, about inspiration and her creative process.
Hi, Alira! It’s been such a busy start for all of us, and here you are, releasing another track. How are you feeling putting out another project?
Nothing makes me happier and more excited than being able to share with you the music I’ve been working on recently.
How long did it take to produce this song? From scratch to master.
I don’t know exactly, but the whole process took more than 10 hours spread over several days until the song was ready for release.
Since you were so hands-on with the song, did it go through many revisions?
Not really. Once the track was ready, I didn’t make any other changes, focusing only on finalizing the track, which included mixing and mastering to improve the overall sound.
When you start designing a new sound, do you already “hear it in your head” or do you just start noodling the knobs and experiment and see what you can come up with?
Most of the time when I’m creating, I start with the rhythm composition and then I compose the harmonies. If the song inspires me to add vocals, I start recording while the song is playing.
We all share the same feelings that sometimes only music can translate.
What’s it been like transitioning from Thy Veils to an independent artist? Has it been more of a challenge than you expected?
I didn’t have to make any transitions. Music has been part of my life since I was very young and I had already started creating music on my own before I started collaborating with Thy Veils. During our collaboration, from the very beginning, I worked on producing my own work as an independent artist.
How difficult is it to not only write but direct a music video? Tell us more about how the filming for this video went. Did you encounter any challenges or impediments?
If I work with people who are equally passionate about the project, then the whole process becomes easier and more enjoyable. Working with Maria Blaga was the perfect match because she intuitively knew which setting most faithfully conveyed what the music was expressing. We shot the music video in three days and in three different locations and we really enjoyed the whole experience.
How was the overall experience like working with each other (you, Maria, Clara, Cezar) for the first time? What would you say was the key element that helped all of you bond together for the music video?
We are good friends and have known each other for a while. I didn’t know exactly how the video would turn out, but they inspired me to create something together. I would say the key element was the fact that we share a common drive to express ourselves artistically.
Music seems to have always been there for you no matter how dark a day may be. For those who listen to your music as their own medicine, what do you hope they get out of your songs?
I hope that my music resonates with listeners on a more subtle level and that they understand that we all share the same feelings that sometimes only music can translate.
Do you have certain rituals to get you into the right mindset for creating? What role do certain foods or stimulants like coffee, lighting, scents, exercise, or reading poetry play?
I don’t have a specific ritual or use stimulants of any kind. What helps me most is to sleep well, eat healthily and worry as little as possible. That’s the basis.
How do you get into the headspace to write something? Are you a “writing at 3 a.m.” type of person? Or are you sporadically making notes on your phone that eventually become something amazing?
I produce most of my songs during the day and usually compose the lyrics on the spot. Even though I feel most creative at night, I’m much more productive during the day, so I prefer not to stay up too late.
Thinking about your evolution, what are some developments in you – whether it’s in your music, your performance, your energy, the way you work – that you’ve seen real change since your first show and first release?
The things that have changed since I started are that I have gained more self-confidence in myself and my abilities as a performing artist. I’ve also learned to be more patient and trust the process. Good things take time to grow.
Aside from releasing other tracks, what is a goal you really want to achieve by the end of the year?
I haven’t set any goals for this year, but I’ve already started working on releasing an EP soon, and I’m also looking forward to performing live again.
Photos: (c) Georgiana Feidi
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