We were lucky enough to be able to interview the excellent musician MAIA following the release of her single, ‘Bad Guy’. Enjoy!
How did you first get into music?
I’ve been interested in music for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved singing and as a child was part of orchestras and choirs at school.
I didn’t really enjoy playing instruments as much as I did singing which is something I regret now as I can only just about play a few chords on piano and guitar these days.
I’ve always known I wanted to be a singer, from the age of 11 I started to seriously study music theory and singing techniques. I even went to a music high school and then University for it.
After I graduated, I started to doubt whether I’d be successful in music and ended up working in events for a few years. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I realised how much I missed being creative and making music.
I really missed singing! I ended up quitting my job and working on getting back into the music scene. It’s been a long road to get here, but I’m so glad to finally be at this point!
What is the first song that captured your attention as a youngster?
The first song I can remember loving as a child is ‘Singing in the Rain’; I have no idea why, but I could listen to it on repeat for hours. I’m not a huge fan of musicals now however that song still holds a special place in my heart!
Who influenced your latest release?
‘Bad Guy’ is a song that I wrote three years ago; I was hesitant to release it as it is my first original piece. I was extremely proud of the track when it was finished but was scared to hear feedback, so I sat on it for a few years.
The pandemic this year really made me shift my focus in life and re-evaluate my priorities. I realised that life is too short to not release music and all feedback regardless of it being positive or negative, is a learning opportunity. So I guess the current situation influenced me to release ‘Bad Guy’.
What motivates you to make music?
It’s my creative outlet; it helps me rationalise how I feel about what I’ve seen, heard, or experienced. If I feel mad, sad, angry or happy etc. writing lyrics help me figure out how I feel about the situation.
A lot of the time these lyrics go nowhere, but there is the odd diamond in the rough in there that excites me, and from there I start working on it, I also love to use samples of speech or obscure music, I really love experimenting with my sound and creating something unexpected.
If you could open for any artist/band who would it be?
I would love to open for Mahalia one day, she brings so much energy, passion, and authenticity to the stage and I would love to one day be a part of that!
What’s your favourite venue to play?
I love small and intimate venues, a place where you can really connect with your audience and make it personal to them. I love playing in small jazz bars with a cosy atmosphere; I find this more relaxing than bigger venues!
What are your other passions aside from music?
I love cooking! If I’m not working on music, you can find me in the kitchen learning and experimenting with new recipes. I would love to own my own small eatery/live music venue one day and marry my two passions!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The double standards. Although it is getting better, I think that there is still prejudice against what women can say/do in music when men have been doing it for years with much less judgement.
What is the best music advice you have ever been given?
Don’t compare your journey to other musicians around you. It’s so easy to get caught up with what everyone else is doing; how quickly they’re releasing new music, videos, collaborations, especially in an era where everything is broadcasted on social media.
Everyone is going at their own pace and is on their own journey. Just because you may not be getting there as fast as someone else doesn’t mean that you’re not moving forward too, not everyone moves at the same pace.
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
I am loving Glass Animals, Kaiit, Lennon Stella, Mahalia, and Pip Millett. I’m really into Lennon Stella’s acoustic versions of her tracks, she is crazy talented, and her music is such a vibe.
What musical plans do you have for the next two years?
I would like to release another single early next year and then work on an EP; I have so many unfinished ideas that I’d like to focus on to create a complete EP for the world to hear.
Hopefully, a European tour will be possible within the next two years as I’d love to be performing live again!
FV Music Blog September 2020
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