Mija Dives Deep In Dark, Soulful Direction on 'Bad for You' With Kelli Schaefer: Listen

Ryan Farber

Mija has never been a woman tied down. She's built her career on a strong creative vision and her battle cry "FK A GENRE." She's had a deft hand on productions from drum'n'bass to happy hardcore, future bass to dubstep and more. She's brought DJs and producers from across genre lines together for tours and left-field collaborations, but she's yet to drop an official EP or make a hyper-personal musical statement.

Scratch that. Mija is about to drop a piece of her soul in the form of the seven-track EP How to Measure the Distance Between Lovers. The producer also penned personal lyrics for each track except one, even singing on every other song herself. The one exception is the EP's lead single "Bad For You," which features lyrics and vocals by Portland singer songwriter Kelli Schaefer.

"My intention for this song (and EP in general) was to create/showcase music that depicts the truest version of myself," Mija says in an emailed statement. "I hadn't planned to crossover from 'dance' -- this is just where I'm at right now, as an artist, as a human."

The two artists were connected via the Internet, and when Shaefer shared the "Bad For You" demo, Mija asked to rework the production as a personal exercise. She turned out an arresting mood, a tune that twists and turns from ethereal beginnings into smooth house grooves and haunting hues. The lyrics hang heavy with a personal message of struggle that relates to anyone's struggle, the innocence that is lost in growing up, and the strength we all must find inside ourselves to best our adversaries, personal and emotional. 

It's a delicious first taste to whet your whistle for what is sure to be an exciting project, dropping sometime in early 2018. "Bad For You" is out now on Mija's label never b alone. Listen to it below.


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