Levi was born in Surrey and raised in Bow, East London. The daughter of musicians, she started writing and playing music at the age of four. She studied violin, viola and composition at the Purcell School before being offered a scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study composition.
Levi performed as a DJ and MC around the UK garage and grime scene in London, and released a mixtape titled Filthy Friends, which was posted on her Myspace page. For Filthy Friends she enlisted the help of friends and musicians of various backgrounds including MCs Man Like Me & Ghostpoet, singer-songwriter Jack Peñate, jazz band Troyka, London pop-band Golden Silvers, producers Kwes and Toddla T. In lieu of its release, Filthy Friends had become sought after on the London club scene.
Micachu and the Shapes
Levi formed a band called The Shapes, which includes Raisa Khan on keyboards and Marc Pell on drums. They signed to Accidental Records who released their debut single "Lone Ranger" in May 2008, followed by "Golden Phone" in August 2008.
Their debut album, Jewellery, produced by influential electronic musician Matthew Herbert, was recorded around Mica's composition studies at Guildhall School. Advance copies of the record reached the press in early 2009, and generated positive feedback. Björk was even spotted dancing at an early gig, and approached Mica after the show. In the wake of this growing buzz, Micachu and the Shapes were signed to Rough Trade, who released Jewellery on March 9 2009. Drowned In Sound consequently hailed the record as "thrillingly improbable pop made by a grade-A maverick." The album was strongly-tipped to be nominated for 2009's Mercury Prize Its omission from the shortlist sparked widespread criticism, perhaps best summed up by the Guardian: "but what about...Micachu and the Shapes, and all the others we were convinced would make the grade?"
Micachu and the Shapes toured widely throughout the UK in 2008, including performances at Bestival and V Festival. The band played abroad in South Africa and in the US at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and SXSW in Austin, Texas. They also performed on the Main Stage of the Siren Music Festival at Coney Island in Brooklyn in July 2009. Touring is set to continue throughout Europe and North America in the summer and fall of 2009.
Levi describes the music she performs with The Shapes as "pop", without many of pop's defining characteristics (obvious choruses and accessible lyrics). She often uses unorthodox instruments, many of which are homemade. These include a modified guitar played with a hammer action, called a 'chu', and a bowed instrument fashioned from a CD rack. This multitude of objects, varying from broken bottles to a vacuum cleaner, help Mica achieve her distinctive and unique sound.
- Accidental Records profile
- Micachu MySpace Page
- BBC newsbeat: Is Micachu the next big thing?
- Full-length interview, November 2008
- Michachu page at Rough Trade Records
- Michachu live in Berlin at CTM festival 2009
-  female first profile
-  The Guardian interview
- acoustic session at radio Campus Paris
- July 2009 Interview with L.A. Record
Biography from Wikipedia