Artist Interviews

Q&A: Mina Tindle

By | Published on Monday 10 November 2014

Mina Tindle

French singer-songwriter Mina Tindle released her debut album, ‘Taranta’, back in 2012. In October this year, she followed it up with her second album, titled ‘Parades’. The album was co-produced by Bryce Dessner of The National, who also performs on the record.

Ahead of a headline show at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on 13 Nov, CMU’s Andy Malt asked Tindle a few questions about the new album, working with Dessner and her views on streaming music.

AM: It’s more than two years since you released your debut album, ‘Taranta’. When did you start working on ‘Parades’, and how long did it take to write and record?
MT: It has been a really fast process. I stopped touring in May 2013, and started writing the second record in the summer. By September, I had my fifteen songs. We recorded in the fall and mastered it in February.

AM How does this album compare to your first? Did you have any particular aims for how you wanted ‘Parades’ to move on from ‘Taranta’ before you started?
MT: I did not have a clear idea of what I wanted, I never really have. For me, music, and especially work in the studio must remain unpredictable to be magic. What is certain though, is that I have changed between these two records, and I think both reflect who I was, or how I was feeling when I recorded them. I can say when I look back, that ‘Parades’ is less cerebral and more spontaneous.

AM: How did Bryce Dessner become involved with ‘Parades’, and at what point in the process did you start working with him?
MT: We recorded the two first songs of the record together in Brooklyn in September 2013, right before I was supposed to start the recording of ‘Parades’. I was staying there for one of my friends’ wedding, and we enjoyed that moment to make music together.

AM: Taylor Swift has just pulled all of her music down from Spotify. Do you think that’s a wise move, and how do you feel about streaming music in general?
MT: Well… It is a complex issue and I think music industry is sick. Streaming does not help it, it is true. But in a way, this is how it works these days – music and culture are available for ‘everyone’. You cannot fight a global transition. Personally, I stream music and buy records and vinyl and go to shows.

AM: You’re playing a one-off show in London this month. What should people expect from the show, and do you plan to come back again soon?
MT: Well, I love coming to London. I have a lot of friends and family living there. We will try, like always, to give our best at this show. I love my bandmates, they are both dedicated and extremely talented! And yes, of course I would love to come back, hopefully soon!