Beginner’s luck? We think talent had more to do with getting “It’s Not Complicated”–one of the first songs Miss Mercury ever penned–on The Lying Game’s “Being Sutton” episode. “[It’s] one of my personal favorites,” she spills to us, along with her dream of collaborating with Katy Perry and Rihanna, and explains how Lady Gaga (and her mom!) influenced her unique moniker.
LyingGame.com: You’re from Vancouver. Do you still live there?
Miss Mercury: I still live in Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
LG: Your music has been featured on many shows, including Gossip Girl and White Collar; was it still exciting to hear “It’s Not Complicated” on The Lying Game?
MM: It’s always very exciting to hear a song I’ve worked hard on place on a great show like this.
LG: Did a specific person or situation inspire this song?
MM: This song is about being in a long distance relationship with someone. It was a personal experience at the time, and speaks of longing and desire for the other person to reach out.
LG: You started playing guitar at 14. Do you play any other instruments?
MM: I love to play the drum kit, djembe, and also dabble in piano, but guitar has always been my thing.
LG: You’ve said music helped you to come out of your shell as a kid. Can you tell us more about that?
MM: I think I went through a lot of struggle and angst as a teenager, as most do. I would spend a lot of time in my room listening to my dad’s huge music collection and singing along. It made me happy, gave me an outlet for my feelings, and eventually I got my first guitar when I was 14 and it helped shape who I am today.
LG: How did you come up with the name Miss Mercury?
MM: Ha Ha. Well, besides the fact that my mom called me “mercurial” a few times, I’ve always had a very keen interest in mythology and astrology and found out that Mercury is the messenger god; the god of communication. Then I started thinking about how to use that in my name, and thanks to Lady Gaga, I decided to use Miss Mercury. It stuck.
LG: What are some of your favorite songs?
MM: Wow, that’s a tough one to answer. I love so many different artists, spanning different generations, and depending on what mood I’m in, I listen to certain songs. “Love The Way You Lie” by Rihanna, “After The Storm” by Mumford and Sons, “Memories” by Kid Cudi and David Guetta are all personal faves at the moment.
LG: What’s the songwriting process like for you?
MM: A song idea can start in different ways. Sometimes the best ones come in five minutes, like “It’s Not Complicated.” The lyrics and melody for that one came out all at once. Other times, I’ll come up with a cool riff and I’ll try out different lyrical ideas until I finally find the right fit. I get my inspiration directly from my own personal experiences, as well as from other people’s. I must admit, a lot comes from relationships and heartache, whether it’s mine or someone close to me who is going through it. I recently co-wrote a country song for an 18-year-old artist and used a song idea I had, which was about my recent breakup. Sitting with her in the session, I was able to redirect the focus of the song to make it about the heartbreak she had just gone through, adding in details of her own experience. Bottom line, when a song is about love, everyone can relate to it in some way.
LG:Who are your icons?
MM: Dr Luke. He produces and co-writes with so many amazing artists, such as Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson. The Beatles, for becoming the most respected band in history, even after being turned down and laughed at by all the major labels of their time. Bono. Madonna.
LG: If you weren’t involved with the music industry, what other career would you pursue?
MM: At this point, I would have to say I’d want to dedicate my life to helping kids through art in some way.
LG: Is there anything that you must bring on tour with you?
MM: I travel pretty lightly. Other than my favorite clothes and shoes, I’d have to say my Macbook is an essential for being on the road.
LG: You’ve already accomplished so much in your career; what do you hope to achieve next?
MM: My biggest goal right now is to co-write on a big hit for a major artist. Collaborating and working with someone like Katy Perry or Rihanna would be the bomb.
LG: Besides music, what are your other passions?
MM: I just started rock climbing this year, and I’m completely hooked! I also love to travel. Exploring a new country and experiencing new cultures helps me feel connected to the world.