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The Year of Mia Rodriguez

As Mia Rodriguez continues to raise her profile, the acclaimed artist and TikTok star is set to ensure that 2021 is her year.

Way before she was one to watch in the music world, Mia Rodriguez was already a star. An early adopter to TikTok back when it was still Musical.ly, she found a niche on the social media site, sharing comedy videos and covers with her litany of followers, foreshadowing a music career in the making.

When her debut single “Emotion” arrived in late 2019, following the then-17-year-old’s signing to City Pop Records, it felt like everything changed, and suddenly the Sydney musician was on track to realise a dream she’d had since the age of 10. Though the events of 2020 threw a spanner in the works, Rodriguez remains resolute.

“COVID-19 kind of delayed my music career a little bit,” she explains. “But because I’d built up a following online, everything’s sort of online anyway. I was going to travel, and tour, and do all that stuff, it kind of sucks that I didn’t get to do that.”

Despite a halting year, 2020 brought with it new music by way of “Psycho” and “BEAUTIFUL & BITTERSWEET”, a J Award nomination, a presenting slot at the digital ARIA Awards, and even a digital live debut.

“I’ve had so much practise in front of cameras and media from TikTok already that it kind of just felt normal in a way,” she says. “It’s like comedy videos, except [it’s] music – it’s just content in the end.”

Now in the thick of 2021, things are looking up for Rodriguez. In December, she announced her physical live debut supporting Lime Cordiale. In a “surreal” moment of things coming full circle, the performances were scheduled for Sydney’s Enmore Theatre where she had first seen Troye Sivan – a noted inspiration – play live back in 2015.

Though Rodriguez has big hopes for the year, 2020 has taught her that plans can be stopped in their tracks at a moment’s notice. Instead, she’s happy to go with the flow and let hard work guide her path.

“[I’m] definitely [planning to release] more singles. Maybe an EP, I’m not sure. More performances,” she muses. “Whatever opportunities are thrown at me. I definitely want 2021 to be my breakthrough year, so I’m going to work really, really hard.”