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Future Is Now: Miya Folick


Future Is Now: Miya Folick

For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.

SOUNDS LIKE: Indie-rock spring fever.

FOR FANS OF: Angel Olsen, Florence Welch, St. Vincent

WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Los Angeles-based wunderkind Miya Folick recently opened for noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells on a slew of sold-out dates. She started out studying acting at NYU and at the immersive musical theatre education CAP21 program before pursuing music: The intensive education inevitably influenced her unorthodox performance style, as did playing the taiko drums in her Buddhist church group growing up.

"I had left NYU, was taking a semester off and really did not have much to do," she says. "And I was going through a really hard time, and so was this friend of mine from high school. He started teaching me guitar, and mostly I liked to make up my own songs. I just liked to explore different shapes I could make with my hands to make different sounds. I didn't even learn chords."

SHE SAYS: "I put up a profile on Tinder that said 'looking for a band', and then I put my Instagram handle and figured people could find me. I think I did swipe for a little while but eventually gave up because I wasn't really finding anybody. And my bass player, Bryant [Fox], saw my profile. We didn't get matched because I guess I didn't swipe right. He saw my Instagram, messaged me and came to a show I was playing solo. So, I met my bass player through Tinder, and then he basically put the rest of my band together."

HEAR FOR YOURSELF: "Pet Body" is a barrelling ode that tackles the idea of feelings being disassociated from brain and body.


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