Misha Penton is a singer, songwriter, director, writer and filmmaker. Her music is a mix of futuristic art songs and chamber electronics, creating poetic dream worlds. From a delicate thread of spider silk tone to bright, cascading wails, she’ll hear the rise and fall of her many-layered vocals woven into swirling electronic sound worlds.
We have had the pleasure of speaking with her and this has been the result of her.
What was the first thing that attracted you to the world of electronic music?
Vintage electronic artists like Brian Eno and his Music for Airports, his early collaboration with Robert Fripp on (No Pussyfooting), and their vanguard use of delay and tape looping.
Do you remember any record or concert that made you see everything differently?
When I was introduced to early Genesis and Peter Gabriel’s theatricality — like his flower costume from the live footage of “Supper’s Ready” from their 1972 album Foxtrot. Again: super-cool vintage vibe.
Since you got into this professionally, what did you miss nationally, internationally? And what helped you the most to grow, even to believe in yourself?
I delight in the big reveal — in sharing the “flower moment” — that instant when my work comes to fruition and is released into the world. Releasing music feels like I’m giving someone a gift and that’s a great feeling.
How did you decide to embark on your latest job?
I created “Earthshine”— my new music video and single — to honor the cycle of the seasons.
How are you living the music scene in your city with this murky pandemic situation?
Houston is an amazing city for the arts and we’re very resilient.
What are your favorite places to hang out in the city?
I’m a homebody, really. If I’m not in my studio, I’m working out at Memorial Park: the big beautiful city park near me.
Have you had time to focus on making music, spending time with your family, or planning future projects?
I’m always planning new suites from the Mishaverse — so, yes! Among other things, I’m working on an EP and new music video inspired by fairytales.
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
Listen to your heart and follow your unique creative vision.
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