Eventually, she moved to Berlin, where she worked in one of the city’s numerous techno clubs. With a culture of not closing for entire weekends, if you’re looking to live a really gnarly life, Mimi says this will do just fine. Pro-tip: apparently Sundays are the best time to go to one ("You can have some breakfast and prosecco in the morning, then you don't have to queue to get in because all the tourists have gone home") . But for her, it was an all-weekend, all-consuming thing.
“It’s almost reversed hours. You start work at midnight, and you come out at, like, 2pm the next day,” she remembers with a mixture of fondness and matter-of-fact bluntness. “And in summer, you don’t really go home and sleep. You just go to another techno club…”
Around all this, Mimi began making music of her own. Actually, she says, “I knew what I wanted to do: I wanted to be a rock star”. Starting with “sad, grungy acoustic songs” on the guitar, she soon began feeling that it wasn’t quite enough, and looked toward bands like The Prodigy for more unhinged inspiration. In Berlin, she befriended a hip-hop producer, who introduced her to working in a studio, as well as adding to an already pin-eyed sleep schedule.
“We would spend every night working on music, literally ’til, like, 7am, then we would go to bed, and then in the afternoon we’d wake up and go to studio again,” she says. “Then at weekends I would go to work in the techno club, and then go back to work in the studio.”
Do you just not like the sun?
“Ha! I didn’t see much sunlight in my time in Berlin,” she laughs. “It was literally no sleep. It was insane. I don’t know how we did it.”