We’re going to make a small assumption that at least once in your life you’ve looked up your symptoms on WebMD which caused you to overreact for a brief moment. Kinda different for singer/songwriter Miranda Glory who, instead of spending time mulling over the WebMD results, she created a song instead. And there you have the origin story for her latest single, “Hypochondriac.” But before you think she made a song literally about WebMD, that’s not what we mean. Check out our interview with Miranda about her early beginnings, the real explanation of “Hypochondriac”, and her experience collaborating with DJs.
The Young Folks: You’ve had quite a career and so much experience attending so many great schools and mentored by some really great people. Through every lesson and such, what are some of the biggest lessons you remember to this day that has helped you in your career?
Miranda Glory: One lesson that has stuck with me and that I’m still learning is not to compare myself to other people. It is really easy to get down on yourself as an artist and it’s easy to go on Instagram and look at a friend who is killing it and feel super jealous. I’ve definitely been there but all that does is make you feel worse and you honestly never know what that person is actually going through so it may look beautiful on the outside but be awful in reality. The point is, you don’t know, so why waste your time when you could be using it to actually work harder and get better.
TYF: You grew up listening to a string of different genres and even performing musical theater! How did you come to the decision on your personal sound/genre? One that many compare to the likes of Halsey or Purity Ring?
MG: I definitely tried out a ton of different styles of music and each one probably influenced my sound a little bit. But I feel like this sound/genre that I’ve ended up with chose me, I didn’t choose it. I know that sounds kind of hokey but it’s true. I can remember playing a gig just on acoustic guitar and I’d written my first sort of R&B type song and the reaction I got when I played it was so much greater because it just fit me so well. From then on it just felt natural to have the element in my music and I’m sure it’ll continue to evolve but that seems to be the direction at least for right now.
TYF: I think the idea of your new song “Hypochondriac” is super cool. Can you tell our readers how this song came to be from the very beginning and how you just went with it to create a whole song based on the word?
MG: Thank you! Well I really am a hypochondriac in real life and I thought it was a cool title for a song. I also thought the feeling of anxiety you get when you think that one little ache or pain is something way worse is similar to some relationships I’ve been in. Like if the person didn’t respond to a text, I assumed they probably hated me or something [laugh]. So from there I wrote the song with a few of my best friends (Jason Hahs, Natania Lalwani & Matt Ferree) who totally understood the concept and helped me bring it to life. We had a lot of fun getting really clever and creative with the lyrics.
TYF: You draw inspiration for your songs from so many different places. What’s one of the most unique places or ways you drew inspiration for a song of yours?
MG: Well for “Hypochondriac” I think I’d been on WebMD for a few hours and the idea kinda popped into my head. I never thought inspiration would come from that website but I guess it did! There have been quite a few times I’ve overheard people talking in a restaurant and they were complaining about a break up or something and I’ve written down ideas from what they were saying. I guess I’m a professional eavesdropper. [laughs]
TYF: You’ve collabed with a lot of great DJs too! How is that work situation like being that you’re the songwriter and they create the music to accompany it? Did you get to learn things from a new perspective?
MG: It’s a lot of fun to work with DJs because a majority of the of time I already have the song done just to either a basic track or a guitar/piano demo and then I get to hear the DJ turn it into a club banger which is so cool for me. It’s also super interesting to work with people you’ve never met in person. I think that has taught me a lot about communicating my thoughts about music. I have struggled at times with finding the words to describe what I want to hear or ideas I have but working this way has really strengthened that skill.
TYF: Can’t believe I’m saying this but we’re more than halfway finished with 2018. What do you hope to accomplish for the rest of 2018?
MG: Wow that year has really gone by quickly! I would love to get a couple more singles out and hopefully go on tour/start performing more. It’s one of my favorite parts about being an artist and I can’t wait to do it more often.