Interview with Mimi

"MIMI DOE is an artist and lead singer of the LA punk band NIIS. She is one of a kind badass and I admire her authenticity. If you have a chance to see her perform, you will experience the past, present and the future of the punk movement." – Nicola Formichetti about MIMI DOE
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Interview with Mimi


Where are you based and what do you do? 

My name is Emily, but I go by Mimi Doe and I'm based in Los Angeles, California. I’m additionally a singer of a band, and a painter. I have my hands in a lot of mediums but music’s definitely first for me. We were just playing at this Halloween music festival hosted by John Waters, Halloween Meltdown in Mosswood. 

How do you know Nicola? 

I met Nico through our mutual friend Hunter, who is like my best friend. He introduced me to Nico, and I just immediately loved him. Nico’s one of those people that’s like love isn’t freely given, it’s earned and I love those kinds of people more than anything. I think it’s so special. Just through Hunter, Nico has become one of my close friends and someone I admire, and look up to, and someone who has such a punk mentality. A lot of people in LA don’t want to boost each other up, but Nico is the most wonderful - just a supportive good person. I adore Nico. 

That’s awesome that you connected through Hunter, I love an expansion of friend circles. A big theme of this zine is punk mentality x digital art sphere. You’re in a punk band – how do you see your relationship to the digital space? 

It’s interesting being in a punk band in such a digital world. Because inherently, punk is very analog. It’s very DIY. You know, you go to a Xerox machine, you make like a hundred flyers, and you post them up. It’s always been very based in community and word of mouth. So being in a punk band in 2022, in this digital era, it’s a completely different experience. Even compared to when I was growing up, it’s a whole new beast and it’s really amazing. Having this ability to reach so many people, create communities, and love people from afar through music is so special. I don’t know if I’m super good at it, but I do like it. 

When I interviewed Hunter, we kept coming back to this question of “how does the ‘punk’ ethos get carried on into the digital sphere?” I’m curious about what you think. 

I mean, punk started as like a fuck you, and playing music about things they were actually angry about. It’s funny to think about how there could be a punk scene in a metaverse that’s being gatekept by rich people. I do think, I don’t know, maybe rich people secretly want to be punk. But in order to be punk, you have to look out for your fellows. 

Would you say being punk in the digital future is about spreading access and lowering the barrier to entry? 

Yeah it’s really cool to see that there are more ways for young people and punks and really anybody to have the opportunity to profit off of their art in a way they couldn’t have before. I think everyone should have access to at least being comfortable, and I just think it’s amazing that NFTs and crypto have been able to fill a gap for some people I know. I mean our government and society as a whole does not give a fuck about taking care of us. Like they don’t do the bare minimum. So it’s cool to see people seizing these new opportunities. I have friends who are not having to struggle for the first time in their lives thanks to the digital art world, and that’s amazing. 

Have you dabbled in making anything in the Web3.0 realm? 

I have not. The closest I’ve come is just buying crypto. I would really like to, I’ve played around with the idea of making an NFT out of one of my songs that’s unreleased or a photo. I mean it’s definitely something I’d love to try my hand at, but I haven’t had the time to dedicate yet. It’s all very new to me, and I’m excited about it and learning about it but it’s just a gradual process with all the other things in my life right now. 




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