MiCE The Band performs at Ink Overflow’s Art and Poetry: Beauty.
Ink Overflow: When did you decide to become a band?
MiCE Band: June 2015 – that should make us just about to clock two years.
IO: How did you find music and each other?
MB: We met at different points as artist and we seemed to share the same energy. We were fortunate to meet at different art spaces and have discussions on about our ideas of music, art and life. We shared lots of similarities but yet so many differences. We chose to just consistently jam and we have kept growing and learning from this ever since.
IO: What’s the story behind your name?
MB: MiCE is an acronym for my intermissive creative escape. MiCE is an Intermission from daily life to be able to create and share ideas of art, music and creativity.
IO: How do you structure your rehearsal days?
MB: It s difficult to rehearse a everyday as a unit. So we often meet up on Weekends to rehearse but we emphasise on solo rehearsal every day. As a band – rehearsal needs to be a performance rehearsal.
IO: Who writes the music?
MB: We all do, actually. Every member of band is encouraged to write.
Performing live at British Institute.
— MiCE (@playlikeMiCE) May 14, 2017
IO: How would you describe your sound?
MB: Folk Soul inspired by African Melodies. Experimental and a little Alternative.
IO: What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
MB: Invested in Music and Art equipment and studies earlier.
IO: What’s the best advice you ever received?
MB: “We are all in our individual walks of life. Each has its own beauty and faults. Don’t compare but also listen and learn.”
Also “hatred is like holding a hot coal in your hand, let go and stop burning yourself….”
IO: What is still your biggest challenge?
MB: Equipment, Artist Fees – But as stated patience and steady progress.
IO: Is music full time for you?
MB: Not yet!
IO: If not what else do you do?
MB: We have an assortment of different careers other than music. We have to talk more in person.
IO: How has the Kenyan music industry treated you so far?
MB: We are learning to take it day by day. Be Positive.
IO: What inspired the last song you released?
MB: Not yet released a song. Although we are working on it.
IO: How do you deal with creative blocks?
MB: Patience. Work on what’s already present. Read a lot and be around other thinkers.
IO: What is beauty to you?
MB: A Genuine smile, A tear in someone’s eye, A hug – Beautiful Things are the simplest pleasures.
IO: What advice do you have for other musicians?
MB: Be Positive.