Sharing Her Voice on YouTube: Mimi Drabik

Singer Mimi Drabik on YouTube
YouTube sensation Mimi Drabik discusses the sharing of her original music online.

Mimi Drabik began singing with the Atlanta Opera when she was 11 years old, performing in several musical theater productions.  She then developed her acting and singing skills through collaborations on YouTube. Hundreds of millions of views later, Mimi is now writing & performing her own, original songs. 

We just love Mimi’s vocal work – and also her ability to record herself and share her music with the world! We asked Mimi to share how she’s developed her singing and insights on what it’s like post music online. 

What have been key turning points in developing your own unique vocal work? 

This year I really wanted to put my all into creating music so I made a promise with myself to write a song, (or even just lyrics), everyday. I kept this exercise up for 8 months. I wasn’t in love with everything I wrote; however, it helped me discover my sound, play with my vocals, and stretch my creativity. 

Mimi covering Ariana Grande’s, “Tattooed Heart” at a cafe in Atlanta for a showcase

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in terms of vocal health and/ or technique? 

I have to remind myself how my voice reflects the way I take care of my body. Even things I wouldn’t always think impact my voice, (such as  exercise, sleep and what I consume), really make a difference. I try to make a conscious effort to think about those things and take care of myself. 

A vocal artist who inspires you? 

I am a huge fan of Taylor Swift. I love how she tells stories with her songs. She’s really mastered how to make her music feel relatable and personal at the same time. 

What’s a lesson with tech (mics, camera, recording) that’s helped you make or share your music? 

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I’ve learned that you can do a lot with a little – meaning you don’t need the newest technology to get started with music. I know technology has come so far; even most phones are capable of recording a song, mixing it, and uploading it. I think the important thing is to be resourceful. Even if you don’t have the best technology, work with what you have access to. 

What works for you with social media?

I’ve been on social media for about six years now. I’ve done most of my work on YouTube; from creating skit videos, to creating music videos, to putting out my own music. I’ve learned consistency is key when it comes to building your presence. It is much more valuable to post once a week with a video you are proud of than post every few months with a video that you have been trying to make perfect. 

Mimi at the studio, tracking a song for a Funniflix music video. 

Any social media “fails” or “successes”? 

I’ve tried many types of videos over the years. Out of all the videos I’ve worked on, the ones related to music have always seemed to connect with people the best. Lucky for me, those videos are my favorites! 

What are you currently working on in terms of your voice/music-career? 

I am mainly focused on writing new music right now. As my audience is discovering my style of music, I am doing the same. I am looking to find out what works for me and what doesn’t so I can write authentically with a clear vision. 

You’ve written some great original tunes – do you work at songwriting in a regular way or does the inspiration strike you at weird times? 

Inspiration strikes whenever and wherever for me. The notes app on my phone has become my best friend when it comes to songwriting. I love using interesting/creative phrases in my songs so whenever I hear those in day to day life I will jot them down in my notes for later use. 

What were one or two critical steps you took to reach larger audiences with your music? 

Reaching larger audiences is still something I am working on, but from what I know promoting my music through my social media has been really beneficial. When I put up a new song I will post about it on my Instagram so my followers are notified. As simple as it sounds, that extra boost has helped me grow. 

Mimi tracking songs for Funniflix and MattyBVlogs

A favorite quote that inspires you 

I was watching a Harry Styles interview and he mentioned this way of redefining success, “If you’re happy doing what you’re doing then nobody can tell you you’re not successful.” 

An object that inspires you in your musical work 

I would say I get more inspired from others than any object. I love watching artists in their element; performing, writing, singing, etc. and seeing their genuine passion for the art. When I see others light up from their music it gets me excited to create too. 

What are some of your career dreams/goals? 

A huge dream of mine is to go on tour because I love performing and sharing my music. My ultimate goal is to create music that really connects with others. One of my favorite things about music is the emotions it evokes. Producing music that can make an emotional impact on the lives of others is such an amazing thought. 

Finally – can you provide a 30-50 word bio with any urls you would like us to shout out? 

I have always loved performing and being creative. At 11, I began singing with the Atlanta Opera. At 13, I joined a YouTube collaboration channel. Since then, I’ve continued to consistently work with YouTube – now with more of a music focus. I work with a production company creating music videos. Recently, I began uploading my original songs to my own YouTube channel. 

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