We had the good fortune of connecting with Ava Maybee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ava, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has had a huge impact on my music career. When quarantine began, like all of us – I was left alone with my thoughts. I had finished my first year of music school at NYU Clive Davis Institute and still hadn’t put out any music. Even though I was completely terrified to do so, I risked it all and finally put my first single out. Even though I was so nervous as to what people would think about it, I was so happy with the outcome. It really is true about high risk high reward. We have one life to live (unless you believe in reincarnation) and so I think taking risks is extremely important.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m not quite sure what genre to put my music into but I would say I make indie pop music. I come from an extremely eclectic musical background. My mom played Motown and Carole King and my dad raised me on rock and roll. I think that comes through in my music. I am most excited and proud about my upcoming single called “Colors” which debuts on June 4. The lyrics are extremely personal and I am very proud of the production that my friend Grady did. I am my own worst critic so it is rare when I am unapologetically excited for a new single. I got to where I am professionally because of my village of people that I mentioned before. It was not easy. It is still not easy and I am not where I want to be just yet but each challenge has been an amazing lesson that I’ve learned from. I would say I overcame the challenges by reminding myself why I want to be a successful artist in the first place. I would be nothing without music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting Los Angeles, I would take them Tree People to hike in the morning. Then I would take them to The Counter at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the most amazing breakfast before going to thrift at Squaresville in Silverlake. If we had time I would also bring them to The Getty in the Palisades. I would end the night with Le Petit Greek on Larchmont for dinner and Salt and Straw for desert!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout my mother, my grandfather, my father, my step father, my nini, my nana, my auntie, aunt Ali, Audrey, all of my music teachers, my vocal coaches, my doctors, and all of my amazing friends. It absolutely takes a village to raise someone and I can’t believe how lucky I am to be surrounded by the most amazing, hardworking, and supportive people.
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