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Catching up with Tiny Fireflies

What happens when you combine two super talented, super savvy, dream-pop, indie-pop solo artists, and bring them together to make music? Tiny Fireflies! After being thrown together to appear on "Between Two Waves", which is a compilation series, their magic in the studio proved too special to let go, therefore Lisle Mitnik's music project Fireflies, and Kristine Capua's music project Tiny Microphone magically married together, creating the birth of 'Tiny Fireflies'.


Tiny Fireflies
This Chicago based band, Tiny Fireflies, also known as Lisle Mitnik and Kristine Capua, have some impressive shows under their belt. The bright lights of the concrete jungle were shouting their name, as the duo played their debut show at the 5th Annual New York City Popfest; thus launching their career further into the vast world of music. This has already taken the pair to England, Spain and around the Midwest. Their zesty melodies, and effortless sounding music make it such a joy to listen to. A touch of retro, with a large dose of indie and a splash of electronic music makes their songs a delicious cocktail. The type of music you need on that lazy Sunday when you want to sit and let your mind wander, or that summer's day when you want to feel the wind blowing through your hair! Refreshing and unique. Their EP 'Change' was released by Spanish label 'Little Treasure' in August 2011, selling out in less than two weeks, which is a huge triumph. This November, their follow up album 'The Space Between' was released. Here is Kristine chatting a little about inspirations, music and future plans!


Q. Who inspires you professionally and personally?
A. I admire genuine people, and that relates to who I am inspired by on a professional level, which is powerful women- especially in the music industry. Since I started taking music more seriously 6 years ago, I feel like I've experienced some aspects of the scene differently than my male counterparts. People tend to make assumptions about me as a musician or creative person, that I'm just a 'muse,' or a voice, or that I have no idea what I'm doing. That's not true at all.

Q. What motivates you to make the music you do? 
A. I think that we will always make music, but as far as this particular style, it's hard to say. Lisle and I started Tiny Fireflies as a one-off project. Our goal was to see if we could imagine or emulate what Joy Division would have sounded like if Ian Curtis hadn't died. That was in 2011, and at the time, we were both also in a 1960's-esque girl group band, so it was very different musically. As we started to work together more, we tried a bunch of different things to see what stuck. When we started to approach putting "The Space Between" together, we knew we wanted it to be a cohesive work, so we were very intentional with instrumentation. The songs were focused around vintage drum machines and analogue synthesizers. So, I guess we're motivated to sound the way we do because of that.

Q. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
A. Ha! I'm afraid I'm not much of a daredevil. I like to think I take calculated risks. Perhaps making this record was crazy? Frankly, it seems like we just sunk into a money pit doing it, but we're glad we did it and are very pleased with the outcome.

Q. How do you want people to perceive your music?
A. I don't have any expectations for how I want people who hear my music to feel, other than I hope it makes them feel *something.* If people take the time to reflect on it, I feel like I did something right.

Q. How long does the process of writing, recording etc take?
A. It depends. Some songs, like 'Melody,' were done in an evening. But others will take months. I like to have semi-complete songs before I share them with Lisle, so at the very least, chords and melody/lyrics are done before we begin layering instruments and fully realizing the songs.

Q. What is your favourite thing to do in your down time?
A. I love to hang out with my two dogs. Life is just nice when they're around.

Q. How did you come up with the band's name, 'Tiny Fireflies'? 
A. Tiny Fireflies is a combination of Tiny Microphone (my solo project) and Fireflies (Lisle's solo project). We had combined our names when we made our first song, "Don't Wait Until I Fall Asleep," for a collaboration project with netlabel, Eardrums Pop. The name stuck as we continued working together.

Q. What is the best advice you could give to people starting out in the industry? 
A. Be true to yourself as an artist and have realistic expectations. Define your own version of what success means to you and create your own goals. There are hundreds of thousands of musicians/ bands that have similar goals, and camaraderie goes a long way. 



If you want a dose of this uber cool indie band, Tiny Fireflies are also heavily active on their social medias! Go find them and say hi... but most importantly, make sure you check out their soul carressing single 'Taken' (a personal favourite), which will most definitely tantalize the eardrums!! I promise!! 

Tiny Fireflies Social Media platforms.

Tiny Fireflies Website 

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Happy Listening!