For Mia Berrin of Pom Pom Squad, how a song looks is as important as how it sounds. And her latest album Death of a Cheerleader looks and sounds red. Pom Pom Squad’s video for “Head Cheerleader” is fantastic. (The song itself is amazing and one of my favorites of 2021.) It’s rife with colors, images, and symbols. But what Berrin did with the video is not surprising if you know her background: she first moved to New York to study acting at NYU. And while the video is awash in vivid colors, red stands out. That color played a big part of the songwriting process for Death of a Cheerleader. In fact, she surrounded herself with it during recording, “Lots of red velvet and red vinyl. I had red curtains and wore red gloves,” Berrin says. It was important for her to carve out a physical space during writing that “looked like the internal space of the record. And red is what I wanted the world of the record to look like.”Berrin cites John Waters and David Lynch as influences in the making of her videos, which she says are heavily stylized representations of the world.
This is Coming Out Chats! The podcast where our guests open up to each other about their coming out journeys.This week on Coming Out Chats we’re joined by musicians Mia Berrin from Pom Pom Squad and Phoenix Arn-Horn from Softcult.In this episode, Mia and Phoenix talk about their experience of homeschooling, who they first came out to, why hardcore scenes thrive in small towns, making connections with other queer people through music, falling in love with your best friend, being mistaken as the "straight best friend" in a gay club, and how everyone has that "one shitty uncle".Subscribe to ‘Coming Out Chats’ on Global Player and wherever you listen to your podcasts.
Why Not Both is an exploration of how our multiple passions shape our identity, hosted by musician and therapist Pam Shaffer and produced by writer and photographer Laura Studarus. For our fourth season, we partnered up with Under The Radar to explore the lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives. Social media has taught us all to be chameleons of sorts, reflecting and refracting our various influences, but Maia Berrin of Pom Pom Squad reflects on how this can make us more introspective artists and human beings. It can be equally joyous to see ourselves reflected in others as it is painful to see ourselves erased from the media landscape, all of which Mia chats about in our interview and sings about on her new album Death Of A Cheerleader. Ultimately, we are all in charge of our own perceptions but it certainly helps to have guiding lights along the way. Thanks again for listening! Make sure to subscribe, leave us a nice review, and hang out with us on Insta and Twitter. You can also support us on Patreon.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/why-not-both/support
The cheerleader: a symbol of power, femininity, even purity should she be coated in porcelain. She’s despised and desired, and according to Mia Berrin, this image colored her formative girlhood experiences as a pillar of something unattainable. Pom Pom Squad became her project: a reimagining of the figure and an ongoing examination of the vulnerability of otherness via race, gender, and queerness. On this episode, Mia checks in with Michael to discuss how her youth paved the road to this project and her upcoming full-length debut Death of a Cheerleader. The pair also discuss the whitewashing of Black music, the power and money behind modern indie aesthetics and how to walk in one’s pain to power something beautiful.
E28: DOC MARTENS FEAT. MIA BERRIN OF POM POM SQUAD
Dear Young Rocker
Mia Berrin, frontwoman of Pom Pom Squad, tells the story of a difficult freshman year of high school in Florida. She endured racially-motivated bullying, exclusion and depression, but started to find her own path when she put on pair of Doc Martens and discovered the music of Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Hole and Heavens to Betsy. Soon she started writing her own songs and going to shows and even met an important musical partner. Mia gives some advice to her younger self about the importance of practice and patience. Be sure to check out Mia's rad band Pom Pom Squad. And for more check out dearyoungrocker.com and follow @dearyoungrocker on instagram. For DYR merch and info on more great shows check out doubleelvis.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
American Femininity and Artistic Vision with Mia Berrin from Pom Pom Squad
The Queers to the Front Podcast
“I’m just excited to see a bunch more gay, queer girls in cheerleader uniforms” – a chat with Mia Berrin from Pom Pom Squad. In this week’s episode, Queers to the Front Booking founder Maja sits down with Mia Berrin for an intimate and personal conversation ranging from the evolution of Pom Pom Squad and the powerful re-appropriation of the cheerleader as the archetype of American White Femininity, to developing artistic vision and growing as an artist, and staying connected throughout, in Mia’s words, “this garbage dump of a year”. -------------------- Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves Promo Photo Credits: Mia Berrin Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips) Song Used in Outro: ‘Heavy Heavy’ by Pom Pom Squad, Ow, 2019 Written by Mia Berrin Guitar/Vocals: Mia Berrin Lead Guitar: Alex Mercuri Bass: Mari Alé Figeman Drums: Shelby Keller Produced by Tommy Ordway and Pom Pom Squad Engineered by Tommy Ordway Mixed by Petey Mix Mastered by Rachel Lightner Special thanks to Raechel Rosen for her vocal booth -------------------- Pom Pom Squad: https://pompomsquad.bandcamp.com/ QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking -------------------- QTTF Podcast: https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308 https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd
Pom Pom Squad’s Mia Berrin on creativity and growth.
Inside the Musical Mind
Mia Berrin started Pom Pom Squad as an idea back in high school. She began writing songs and learning guitar, and discovered the catharsis that can come from creativity. From their first EP “Hate it Here” in 2017 to the most recent release “Ow”, the band, and Mia have shown that there is always a place for authentic expression. This is the kind of discussion I love. Mia is an intelligent and observant artist who pulls from her personal life for her music, but is keenly aware of the world around her. The music she writes is accompanied by a focused attention on how to present herself and the band. There is a sense of wisdom beyond her years at work here. In this interview we delve into Mia’s influences, her early days of writing music, up to the creation of this latest release. Pom Pom Squad is shortly embarking on a cross-country tour, and this is a great, ground level look at a talented and genuine artist on the verge of bigger things.Listen to Pom Pom Squad
Level 35 of My Little Underground features a big cake filled talk with Mia Berrin of Pom Pom Squad! Listen to us discuss mental health, acting, new music, and more! Pom Pom Squad's OW EP is out 9/6.Follow Pom Pom Squad: @pompomsquad (Twitter,Instagram) @pompomsquadsux (Facebook) Follow Peter A: @itspeter_a (Twitter, Instagram)Follow My Little Underground: @mlupod (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)My Little Underground is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you get podcasts! https://www.peteraradio.com/#MLUPod--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mlupod/support
Mia Berrin (Pom Pom Squad): We are officially one week away from Sugar Rush 2 (our compilation release to benefit QORDS) and to celebrate we invited Mia Berrin of Pom Pom Squad on the podcast! You can hear Mia’s contribution to the comp before it drops as well as her advice on fashion for me, favorite candy, dream cover sets and more.