Everyone’s heard of her – you’re either following her or have heard her signature sound featured on some of your favourite bands’ tracks. The scenes queen behind the keys –
This week I had the opportunity to have a chat with the one and only Misstiq. Misstiq is an independent female artist from Melbourne, Australia. A teacher, creator and master to her own magic – Misstiq takes your favourite tracks and renders them into harmonic masterpieces – taking her own spin on metal as we know it.
Not only is she a hardcore slamming content creator – she’s an absolute inspiration to women in the scene just like me. Creating breakdowns of her work in her “pimped up” series, to working with bands as large as The Amity Affliction – I got to ask Misstiq a few questions so we could truly put an iconic personality to the face behind the keys.
I asked Misstiq a few questions about her origins, inspirations and creative mindset. We get to dive deeper into the meaning for her name, her experience and some massive goals she’s kicked over the past years. With that being said – Lets dive into the mind of the mastermind.
How long have you been playing the piano for?
I’ve been playing for 20 years.
Who were some of the earliest bands you can remember being obsessed with?
Definitely My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Bullet for my Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold.
How did you come up with the name MISSTIQ? What does it mean?
I came up with the name when I think I was, about 15? I was creating my PSN name (yeah, love it) and for as long as I can remember I’ve always been intrigued by spirits and mystical sides of things, I wanted something that represented that – but to be honest I wanted to also stand out with that feminine touch. Somehow Misstiq came to mind! Then, when I started putting up covers on YouTube, it just became nice and easy. Basically, it just came from my PSN name, no regrets.
(THY ART IS MURDER - "Reign of Darkness")
What are some of the biggest challenges you face being a woman in the independent music scene?
Too many DM’s (literally laughs for 20 minutes straight HAHA). People already making their mind up about my content before they hit the play button – That’s the first thing that comes to mind. Basically, people judge me before they’ve even thought about the bigger picture, you know, like what skills I’ve put into creating what I create – not knowing and understanding my musical background. People judge before they even read about me - Which is why I’m glad we’re doing this interview!
Now I get it too, the world is full of sexist pricks – how often do you have to put derogatory haters in their place?
There are some big ones out there – I feel I get the most hate on Facebook but I don’t feel like that puts me down at all! I feel more empowered through that. Like, the stronger someone is (like myself), the more courage some people have to try and put me down, so I definitely take that as a positive thing. But in saying that – a lot of people, like my friends, do ask that question. I don’t get as many haters as people would think I’d get! I usually just use their screenshots as funny content. Haters make for good content!
Are there any other women in the scene you take inspiration from?
Ooh! Yes! There is. I can’t say I wake up in the morning and absolutely idolise someone – but in terms of attitude it would be the front woman Alissa of Arch Enemy. I follow her on Instagram and just seeing her pop up I just go “you do you, keep going”. I like her persona, she’s strong.
What’s one of the biggest bands you’ve done a collaboration with?
The Amity Affliction. A few years ago, they found me from my piano renditions of 'Don’t Lean On Me' and other songs of theirs. A few months later I was invited to go to their show with A Day To Remember – then, I was recording with the band and Will Putney. It was overall an amazing experience. I was so happy to be there. I think that was the moment where I realised “I’m worth doing this as a job”.
(THE AMITY AFFLICTION - "Don't Lean on Me")
What’s one band that you haven’t worked with yet that you’d die to record for?
The first thing that comes to my head is Avenged Sevenfold. They were the first band that I really analysed musically, I was analysing everything. Another artist I’d love to work with is Drake! I’ve been listening to his music for quite some time now, constantly, and so it would be sick to jump on a track with him or an artist of a similar style. Some people may just expect me to dream about working with massive metal bands – Working with bands feels all that achievable considering I’m in the heavy scene. But drake makes me want to aim higher and play the game harder.
What’s next for you? Do you have any upcoming things you can talk about?
I won’t name directly at the moment – I do have a lot of feature spots for bands locked in. I’m starting to put together my own original music but I’m so picky. I have a style in mind, but I haven’t said all too much about it. It may have an essence of metal and different catchy layers, incorporating vocals also. Good content is coming – I’m trying to keep it interesting!
To celebrate Valentines Day, Misstiq has release a tribute to love songs, with the usual Death-Core flavour for good measure. Her work is available on all major streaming platforms – she’s active on social media with a following over 40k. Keep up to date with her socials – I promise you; you won’t regret it. Instagram - Facebook
Spotify - Misstiq