After attracting attention with the release of h e r EP “Eu Nunca Amei Você” (I Never Loved You), Miri Brock continues t o show her passion for dance floors with a string of vibrant songs. Following the success of h e r single “A Parte Boa”, the talented singer-songwriter now presents “Nem Vem”, a song that mixes elements o f pop and dub. In the new track, Miri reveals a daring narrative, where she expresses her innermost desires, contrasting with the posture o f someone who doesn’t give herself up completely.
While her first solo album, Miri Brock, dealt with frustrated expectations and broken hearts, she is now moving towards a new moment: freedom, where she gives herself over to the fun of the dancefloors – literally.
Originally from Rio Grande do Sul, Miri Brock has over a decade of musical experience, especially as lead singer in the band Louis & Anas, later renamed Louis. The band explored a unique fusion of styles, incorporating elements o f soul, disco and R&B, which proved to be a valuable source of versatility and stage presence. The previous year, Miri released her long-awaited debut EP, s k i l f u l l y displaying her ability t o blend soul, R&B, MPB and pagode influences, creating a unique l i s t e n i n g experience.
Currently based in São Paulo, Miri is embarking on a new stage in her musical career. With her latest single “Nem Vem”, she offers a contemporary perspective on casual love and pleasure, highlighting the feminine and feminist vision. “Nem Vem” is now available on all the main music platforms, released by the Dorsal label, with distribution by Believe.
Your EP “Eu Nunca Amei Você” explored themes of falling out of love and broken hearts. How does your new song “Nem Vem” fit into this context, and how does it represent your musical evolution?
Nem Vem still represents discontent in relationships, but without melancholy. It’s a discomfort with the unavailability of others, but represented in a lighter way. In musical terms, I feel I’m increasingly sure of what I want to convey and the choices I make with the producers and music companies I work with. I also feel that I’m increasingly brave enough to experiment with new sounds without prejudice.
The song deals with the concept of “benching”. How did this experience influence the creation of the song and what message do you hope to convey about casual relationships?
At the time I wrote this song, I was in a relationship with someone who lived in another city. We had intense online contact, but meetings were very sparse. I began t o r e a l i s e that he wanted to keep me there, because the promises o f new meetings were constant, but they hardly ever happened. I realised that I was accepting crumbs of attention and attaching too much importance to them. The message I want to convey is that we need to be attentive to these signs, because they can affect our self-esteem. If the person really wants to see you, they’ll find a way. That doesn’t mean that they have no feelings for you or that you should cut off relations with them. In music, I still want to see the person, but in this case I put t h e relationship in a place of total non-committal: it’s really causal, come and see me, we’ll have a nice night and that’s it. I also know from what I hear from my friends and fans that many women don’t like or are tired o f casual encounters. So they have to pay even more attention: if you want more than a one-night stand, value yourself and move on, because if you keep saying you miss him and don’t find a way to kill him, it’s because you don’t miss him t h a t much.
Was there a specific personal experience that inspired the creation of “Nem Vem”? How does the writing process reflect your own experiences?
The song was written when I was experiencing the situation I mentioned above, but then I realised that it was a feeling t h a t came f r o m many other relationships. Ever since I split up after a six-year marriage, I started having casual relationships and always felt that I was getting less than I wanted/deserved. But then I realised that it was me who was throwing myself too intensely into relationships with people I didn’t even know properly, that old idea of barely getting to know them and already putting them on a pedestal and thinking I was in love. It was therapy + writing these songs that helped me understand myself better and change this behaviour. Now I’m living in much healthier relationships and I believe this will be reflected i n my next releases.
Moving away from the more melancholic tone of the previous EP, how would you describe the change o f atmosphere in “Nem Vem” and what is the vibe you hope to convey with this new song?
It’s more of a “okay, let’s not get married, I d o n ‘ t want to, let’s have fun and be honest a b o u t our desires” vibe.
You mentioned the fusion o f styles in your previous band, Louis & Anas. How do these past experiences influence your current solo work, especially i n “Nem Vem”?
One of the songs that audiences most enjoyed at Louis’ gigs was a mixture of rock and dub, called We’re Gonna Fight. Rodrigo Fetter, Louis’s keyboard player, music producer and composer, was a big fan of dub and he influenced me a lot to like the genre, always bringing sounds of this style for us to listen to on the band’s trips and gigs. I h a d n ‘ t even stopped to think about it until you asked me this question, but I believe that Nem Vem has a direct relationship with the kind of sound we were making and enjoying at the time.
Pop music and dub are notable elements in “Nem Vem”. Can you share a little about the choice of these styles and how they contribute to the song’s narrative?
Since I launched my solo career, I’ve taken pop as my banner. I’ve always loved pop music and I’ve explored mixing pop with other genres. The dub was a test that worked for this song. At first I played it on the guitar in an R&B style, but then I thought it had to be “lighter” a n d I tried changing the style to reggae/dub and I felt it made more sense. It even went better with the message of the song. Like when you’re a bit angry about something and you have a smoke and calm down and let it roll.
Your previous song, “A Parte Boa”, already had a dance feel to it. Is this a direction you intend to keep in your next releases?
I think the dancing proposal comes from Me Diz O Que É, the first single o f my solo career. I’m a dancing person (laughs). The first university I ever thought of studying at was dance, I took part in dance groups at school and throughout my teenage years. So it’s something that comes naturally to me. Besides, dancing is an antidepressant, it cheers the soul. I like to think that I can help people feel better with music that will make them want to move!
How has the transition been from being a singer in a band to a solo career? What challenges and rewards has this transition brought you?
It’s been quite a journey. On the one hand, I love being able to make t h e decisions and assume what I want to do, to show my artistic truth without needing a group to be on the same wavelength and wanting the same things. A band is a collective, it’s a marriage, everything needs to be shared. So the freedom to do what I want is everything to me. But on the other hand, just like in single life, the road is a bit lonely. In a band everyone bets together, j o i n s forces, there are more people creating. Besides, I always have to hire musicians and that’s expensive (laughs).
In addition to the musical aspect, you address women’s issues in your lyrics. How does the feminist perspective influence your music and what do you hope to convey to other women through your art?
My main goal is to uplift other women. It’s to show them that yes, we all go through these unhealthy situations in relationships, but that we can love ourselves more and get out of them. And, above all, that we can assume our desires.
What can we expect from Miri Brock in the future? Are there any new projects or collaborations in the pipeline?
They say i t ‘s not good to raise expectations, but you can raise them with me (laughs). I came into the world to make history. Where I come from (Espumoso – RS), there are hardly any women making music and I’m going to keep going doing it for me and for them. And although I’ve been in music for a long time, as a solo artist I’m just getting started. I’m writing an album and already have feats confirmed for early next year.
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