Emerging singer-songwriter, Maya B, garnered attention after her debut single ‘Kiss On My Neck’ received extensive praise from the likes of Zane Lowe. Her second single, ‘River’, caught the attention of DJ Khaled and also topped Zane Lowe’s 2018 Playlist of ‘Favourite New Artists’, the catalyst to her success.
Combining psychedelic, rave and performance aesthetics, Maya B has just released a hyperkinetic visual for her recent single, ‘Selenas’. With a poet’s sensibility, the new track, ‘Selenas’, is the sound of someone channelling art with pure determination.
At only 20 years old, Maya B is already demonstrating clear her potential, we can’t wait to see and hear more!
What made you decide to pursue music as a career, was there a defining moment?
Music was always in my home growing up. My mom threw my sisters and I into a girl group when I was tiny and I just fell in love with it. My older sister was the lead singer so it sparked some drive and healthy competition for me.
You started writing songs when you were 7 years old – what were these like? Any planned for release?
They were bad – so bad! I would vent about my 7 year-old problems and write about “birthday clouds” (you know the usual). I never thought of releasing anything, I never really thought about that at that time.
You write and produce your own tracks – talk us through your creative process.
Every song is different when it comes to the creative process. One day I’ll have a melody first but, next session I’ll want a beat before I write. It’s definitely a matter of mood for me.
So far what we’ve heard from you has been quite varied, how would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as imperfect, unfiltered, emotional, and artistic. All my songs from ‘Selenas’ to ‘River’ live in the same world they’re like the balancing scale of good and evil.
The new video for ‘Selenas’ is stunning visually, what were the thoughts behind it?
Thank you. Controlled chaos is everywhere, I wanted to play off that. They’re so much shit that’s happening all the time – I love the idea of overstimulation. Alan had some great visuals to pair with these ideas and Diego edited the hell out of it. Big thanks to those guys.
If you could collaborate with any other artist, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
I would’ve loved to work with XXXTentacion, I feel like we would’ve made a wild record together. I also would love to have a beat from Missy and Timberland – I just know that would slap.
You’ve been working with Soulshock, who’s previously produced for the likes of Whitney Houston, 2Pac and Usher to name a few. What’s that been like?
It’s been a learning experience to say the least. He’s super ambitious and has been a constant inspiration for the team and I. Musically, we have a lot of the same influences – so I was surprised at the genre range we could jam on. Now, studio sessions are a flow. We know we can go trap and we know we can go full on Radiohead – it’s a no pressure, no ego space.
It’s been a whirlwind year for you – since your debut release, DJ Khaled has been quoted saying “the girl is fire” and you’ve just had your first single with Capitol Records. How’s the journey been for you?
It’s been really crazy. Some days I still feel like the girl in her room making beats in Santa Clarita. Other days I feel like a completely new person. I learned a lot this year about business and myself. I’m really grateful for where I am for it hasn’t been the smoothest journey.
Any highlights so far?
DJ Khaled shoutout started a chapter and signing with Capitol ended that chapter. Now I’m in a new Chapter of new rules, new people, new blessings, new demons. This whole journey is a highlight for me – honestly.
Do you remember the first song you wrote that you felt really proud of?
I wrote a song when I was about nine that my sisters and mom were hyped on. I don’t remember exactly what it was about but that’s when I realised I could actually write about things that matter haha.
What kind of music did you grow up listening to?
My family had always played R&B, Hip-hop and Reggae. I had this little radio in my room and because of it I discovered The Veronicas, Nickelback, Paramore and other alternative artists I had never heard of before. That was when I started sculpting my own music taste and exploring other genres.
What are your hopes for the future?
My hopes are to create art and continue to release music that’s new and organic. I hope I can continue to meet like-minded beautiful people and hopefully chat with y’all again!