Los Angeles-based artist MAYN has released the excellent single ‘CALL & RESPONSE’. We caught up with this superb artist for a full interview, read now!
What is your earliest music memory?
Listening to my older brother’s massive system cranked to 11 blasting grunge and anything else with proper levels of distortion. I used to fall asleep to the sound of Nirvana blaring through the walls. Believe it or not—lovely bedtime stuff.
Who or what got you into music?
I’ve always loved music, but in middle school, I decided to take up the drums to be in a band with some friends. The “band” dissolved pretty quickly (probably for the best) but my interest in the drums and learning rhythmic patterns is something I haven’t been able to shut off since. Eventually, that just evolved from performing in bands into wanting to produce and compose full arrangements myself.
Who influenced your latest release ‘Call & Response’?
I love to pull from visual and cinematic inspirations. Some of my top inspirations include the cinematic photography of Gregory Crewdson illuminating the eerie moments between catastrophic events and brushes with the unknown—and Stanley Kubrick’s play throughout his films with the fringes of reality and the space-time continuum. When I was working on this track, I focused on a surreal landscape that could unfold in front of the listener and capture a similar feeling that twists and turns from start to finish.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I’m gonna limit this to alive and contemporary—someone that always comes to mind is FKA Twigs. I love her work and would happily create something delightfully strange and unusual with her.
Your music invites escape, where do you take the listener to during ‘Call & Response’?
Wherever they want to go, I like to think that I’m creating a space for the listener to occupy, but I love the idea that it can be different for each person. That’s one of the real beautiful things about instrumental music—I’m here to take a journey with you, but not tell you where to go.
We see you take inspiration through storytelling and nostalgia through visuals and film, what film most inspires you?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t answer Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it’s closely matched with the original Blade Runner. Two of my all-time faves.
You were a drummer first, is that your first musical love?
Definitely. Sure beats the hell out of the Recorder. I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped with that.
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
I’m a huge fan of travelling to foreign places. Not succeeding with that given the current world circumstances, but trying to visit more national parks. Anything I can do to feel out of my element and get a fresh perspective or subdue the noise.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
I’d really love to see artists stand to make a better living from streaming—especially in a time where live shows aren’t an option for most. It’s incredible to see the barrier to entry for releasing music so low, but making a living as an artist seems increasingly more difficult for so many. It’s great to see so many artists are coming up with more creative ways to share and experience music as a result, but it would be wonderful if that wasn’t out of pure necessity.
If you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music, what would it be?
That’s a tricky one… I’m gonna go with transient elevation. If that’s been achieved, then my work here is done.
FV Music Blog December 2020
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