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Interview – Maja + Stream

Stream ‘Wake Up and Find’ below.

Who are you and what are you doing here??
I am Maja and I am writing poems, drinking tea and singing songs!

When did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career?

I knew ever since I discovered music at the age of 5. I felt really connected to it and understood in a way that I felt kids my age didn’t really understand.  It just took me a while to work out how to make a career out of it!  By the time I was in high school, I knew there wasn’t anything else I could be or do if I wanted to.

How would you describe your music?

Soulful, heart-felt, vulnerable and honest.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your sound which one would it be?

Ah that’s a hard one! I feel like they’re all my babies and they’re all different. I really struggle to write in one genre or style consistently haha. From the more soul stuff, I’d say Treat Me Right,  and from the folkier stuff probably this new song I wrote called Just Do. They’re both pretty simple but cut to the core.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets you apart from the rest?

Haha yes – we do live in a world where everything is pretty accessible now! I give everything my all and I don’t hold back. I feel like there’s a real story-telling element to my performance. I would like people to feel connected, engaged and like they can relate to the honesty of the stories. I think that in tragedy, there is a lot of humour. And at my shows, you can expect to hear a lot of real and humiliating stories about my life!

Where are people able to hear your songs?

 They can hear my songs on all the platforms!

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Yes! This month, I am supporting Skyscraper Stan on the 18th of July at the Gasometer in Melbourne (upstairs). And then on the 30th, I am hosting a bit of a singer-songwriter afternoon at Bar 303.

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a musician? 

I don’t know if there is one. When I was 17 and we had a school music show, I organised a rendition of Hey Jude with the choir, the brass band and a band I had put together. Nothing has really beat that since haha! I also really enjoyed performing at Woodford Folk Festival. Though, I think every moment is great when I can see that the audience is engaged and into it. You could perform to 20 people and still get the same satisfaction as performing to 200 if they’re digging it!

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Ok it always changes but the 3 bands I’ve been into at the moment are:
St Paul and the Broken Bones – just discovered them! They are really tight and have awesome brass lines! Everything really makes way for the vocal and the lead singer has amazing pipes!
Laura Marling –  saw her live performance at the Forum this year and it was one of the best show’s I’ve seen! I like how she constantly keeps reinventing herself but the integrity always remains. She always stays true to herself no matter where the direction goes. Her new album is well worth listening to especially ‘Wild Fire’.
The Staves – I always harp on about them but they’re really my favourite!  Bon Iver did the latest production on their latest albums and it just enhances their harmonies and music so much! They spent a long time working on the album and you can really tell.  I like the attention to detail and the fine nuances in “If I Was” and the general feeling you get from the album as a unit.
Anything Else you’d like to add?
No – thank you for your time!

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