Maya Kally is a singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist with jazz, indie and experimental influences. Her latest single, ‘We’re Waiting’ was released last month so we caught up with Maya to find out more about her music.
I express myself in whatever way I feel, I don’t believe music should have restrictions and, if it does, then I think it would drive me crazy as opposed to working as an outlet.
First up, tell us a bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
My first memory of connecting with lyricism and melody was when I was around six, seven and I would listen to music in a very private, solitary way. At the time I connected with music the most when I was sad, melody and especially lyrics would help me process my emotions. When I think back, this was when I realised the importance of music in my life.
Music was a beautiful thing for me at the time, I didn’t fully realise it’s value and as a result I would simply connected and appreciated it, not wanting anything in return.
**Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from? **
I was initially and still am inspired by Amy Winehouse, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ was the first song I ever learnt and performed within a solo setting. Then came Nina Simone with whom I have since always admired. Nina Simone’s lyricism and profound talent, alongside her fearlessness as a strong, black woman who spoke of a lack of justice within society, made me grasp onto Nina’s music and artistry. Whether this is a good or bad thing I am uncertain. Overall, all genre’s, bands and solo-artists inspire me in differing ways.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as differing, alternative, experimental and jazzy with a sprinkle of indie, pop influence. Basically whatever the f!ck I’m feeling at the time. For me, I hate feeling restraint, as I’m sure many people do. As a result, I express myself in whatever way I feel, I don’t believe music should have restrictions and, if it does, then I think it would drive me crazy as opposed to working as an outlet.
If you could collaborate with any living artist who would you choose?
You’ve worked with pianist Bill Laurance as well as musicians Matthew Bourne and Joe Fox. What have you learned from them?
The importance of being musically present on-stage and reinventing old concepts. However, I’ve also learnt these things from working and analysing many artists.
You’ve been awarded funding from PRS Foundation, Festival Republic and ReBalance. How did you achieve that?
I was nominated by Come Play With Me, I didn’t know I had been nominated until I received an email months after. I was very lucky.
Tell us about your latest single ‘We’re Waiting’. What’s it about?
‘We’re Waiting’ is about believing your passions, dreams and desires will also be your downfall. For a while I believed music would inevitably lead me to a dark place. We’re Waiting speaks of working towards a goal that seems unobtainable.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I recorded We’re Waiting in Czar Studios - Old Chapel Studio in Leeds. I wrote it in my bedroom and kitchen of my uni accommodation in third year, just before going into the studio.
How does ‘We’re Waiting’ represent your style?
It represents my style in a way of spontaneity, authenticity and a strong sense of emotion. We’re Waiting has an aspect of vulnerability that I hope all listeners will hear in my past and future releases.
What respond did ‘We’re Waiting’ get?
I received a lovely response from new listeners, reviewer’s, friends and family. I am very grateful to be surrounded by such supportive people!
What other plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Ooooooooo maybe some live sessions, maybe some more releases, maybe a music video or two, definitely upcoming gigs and festivals. I’m an excited gal.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen for you this year, what would it be?
I wish to connect with many people through my music.
Watch the video for ‘We’re Waiting’ on YouTube below. For new and tour dates go to Maya Kally’s Facebook page.