Today we’d like to introduce you to Maya La Maya.
Maya La Maya is a Pop/R&B/Hip Hop artist from Goffstown, NH currently based in Sunland, CA. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, she headed west to chase her dreams of making music as her full-time career. Maya grew up in New England with parents who were both concert pianists. A musical family proved to be a double-edged sword for her, as their experiences came with both an intimate understanding of pursuing music as well as an intensified pressure to perform. Both of her parents are deeply supportive of her dream, but they would never deign to let her forget how difficult and unforgiving the industry can be. Despite their warnings, Maya could not avoid the siren song of music and dove into her creative practice. Interestingly, though she certainly learned a great deal about music and music theory from her parents, she credits them with something more unique: her understanding of the relationship between music and the space in which it is performed. She was homeschooled for ten years, and she noticed immediately that the environment, where she sat and what she was sensing had a huge impact on the way that she learned.
As it turned out, this helped her to develop a deeply intuitive sense of environmental energy. She can identify which elements of a space promote certain feelings and which ones take them away. After graduating from Berklee and before moving to Los Angeles, Maya got involved with HRDRV, an amazing community-based label for independent artists. Through them, she released her debut single Keep On Fighting on August 27th of 2020. It is a cry for change supporting the BLM movement, a song that channels her fierce passion for social justice within her community and across the globe. Her next single Subtly was followed by Don’t Say It Back, both songs about the intricacies of intimacy and the difficulties or romance that befell Maya before moving to the west coast. The Don’t Say It Back music video is a beautiful product of her partnership with Cxndom Records, creating a visual that captures Maya’s carefree nature but shows her vulnerability. Next up is her new creation: Slow It Down, out everywhere March 19th.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Maya’s childhood was based in white-dominant communities where discussion of race, culture, and sexual orientation were minimal and unpleasant. Being of Mayan and Spanish descent and a part of the LGBTQ+ community, she became very passionate about social justice and equity for minorities. Getting ahead was a matter of navigating the limitations of her status instead of linearly working her way up like her white male peers. Being bisexual also came with discrimination and situations in the workplace where Maya was belittled and told she was just looking for attention. Despite these challenges, Maya has come to a place in her career where she can see her path clearly, and nobody will keep her from her goals.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Maya is a profoundly positive person. She has a radiant spirit, an upbeat attitude, and a natural inclination toward generosity–she wants you to feel comfortable and happy. But as a result, she found that she was holding and hiding ideas, thoughts, and emotions to protect the people around her. Rather than let those ideas sit dormant, she uses her music as an expressive outlet to alchemize those thoughts into something beautiful. This allows her to be true to her desire to make people happy without preventing her from being fully present and authentic to what she is feeling in her music. Maya is an artist’s artist, which is why much of her earlier fanbase is her fellow musicians. Using both her deep knowledge and intuitive nature, she creates music that leaves space. Listeners can lose themselves in it because they can enter fully into the music without fighting against extra noise or instrumentation. Though she credits her (extraordinary) production team, there is no question that Maya’s stripped down sound is intentional. She wants people to get lost in her music, not fixate on its every detail. Fellow creatives gravitate to her music because of her honest, truthful translations of her lived experience. The insecurities and anxieties of diving into the music industry are front and center in her music, and rather than painting the facade of someone handling it with only bravery, the music demonstrates real vulnerability. Her fears and imperfections are available to her audience, and it draws people in. As a member of a generation who continues to prioritize their experiences over their possessions, her message is resonating deeply with a growing number of fans with each single that she releases.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Through her journey, Maya has learned that the most important thing in the music industry is connection. Not professionally, but personally. Connecting with others through vulnerability is what draws others into your circle and gives you the foundational support that every artist needs to thrive.
- The Kick Back (Bonfire Live Performance) – 1 Ticket $5
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.mayalamaya.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayalamayamusic/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayalamayamusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mayalamayamusic
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrBMXWpYRj8rC0zEptO-_RQ
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mayalamaya
Personal Photo – Evan Maricle
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