We had the good fortune of connecting with Maya Kaur Batra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maya Kaur, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success to me is happiness. I used to think that success was tied to certain achievements, but then I realized that reaching a certain milestone wasn’t what brought me happiness. It was actually enjoying the process, and feeling like I’m walking in my purpose that brought me the most happiness and those are the moments when I feel the most successful. I know that there is so much more I want to achieve in my career and life, and I’m excited for the journey. I’ve been planting seeds through the years that are now starting to sprout and it’s been really exciting and liberating. As soon as I dropped this fallacy that I will be happy when I’m successful I was so much happier. Now the conversation in my head is I am successful because I am happy. I am blessed and grateful for every day I am given and I am going to live it to my utmost potential because tomorrow isn’t promised. That’s been made even more clear in the last year and so I don’t want to take any moment, person, or idea for granted. That is the wave I’m on right now.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My music tells my story, heals me, and I hope to heal people listening. I’ve had more people reach out to me in the last year telling me that my music is soothing their souls and spirits and reminding them they matter and encourages them to keep going. That feeling is unlike no other and truly reminds me why I want to keep sharing. It’s a lot of hard work, and long hours, but it is worth it. I am most proud of myself for learning to produce/engineer myself & continuing to push boundaries by continuing to educate myself. This has given me mobility, independence, and confidence. The path for a creative is no joke. You really have to LOVE it. There have been days when I wonder why I am doing this, and I remember that it’s because this is my purpose. God gifted me with this ability to create, and connect, and share. So my WHY is clear. That is how I overcome challenges. Reminding myself and reflecting on why I am doing this by journaling and meditation. Lessons I’ve learned along the way is to not jump too far into the future. It’s good to have a plan and vision, and also life happens so you have to be adaptable. I think that’s been a lesson life has been teaching me since I was a kid. I changed schools a lot growing up and was always able to adapt. It’s helped me a lot with collaboration and being able to connect with a plethora of different personalities. I want people to know that I am here to give them hope and love. I acknowledge that there are a lot of people that don’t have access to certain conversations or perspectives that I have been blessed enough to have and so one of my biggest hopes is to be that for people that need it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite spots in SoCal to eat are: Udupi Palace in Little India in Artesia is best Dosa and Channa Bhatura in town. It’s affordable, quick, delicious and bonus it’s all Vegetarian/Plant Based. The Dosa is even Gluten Free since it’s made with Rice Flour. Been obsessed with this Gem since childhood and they’ve been my restaurant choice for multiple birthdays. Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City or Echo Park are both favorites of mine also. The Buffalo Cauliflower Wings are dipped in tempura batter and nice and crunchy and flavorful and their Butternut Squash Ravioli with their fresh Kale pesto and balsamic drizzle is unmatched. They also have great desserts and cocktails. Ginza Sushi in Fullerton has also been a highly frequented place in my books since I went to highschool in this area. Their Mango Tango Roll and Spicy Tuna Nachos are my favorites. Chinchikurin is Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki and is the ultimate comfort food so that was a place I loved to go pre lockdown. Favorite Activities to do : Taking a bike ride from Santa Monica to Venice is always something I love taking people from out of town to do. It’s just a total LA vibe and is always a good way to explore and be by the beach. Little India in Artesia is also super fun to bring someone out of town to. Even some people who have lived in LA their whole lives haven’t explored this gem and it’s definitely worth it. You can get some Indian Food/Snacks, explore the boutiques and find traditional and fusion Indian Outfits, and Jewellery. Griffith Observatory is another place I love to explore with my friends who come visit from out of town. Malibu beaches and sunsets are some of my favorites are always nice to go have a swim and a little picnic. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If I’ve learned and experienced anything, it’s that there’s no such thing as a one man/woman show and that is definitely the case for me. My first shoutout goes to God and the strength that comes with faith. My second shout out is to my family because I would not be here without their love and support. From my mom putting me in the studio at the age of 6, and my dad making me lunches everyday when I was growing up, to my Nanima (grandma) saving up my whole life to help pay for my education. Their sacrifices and love are my fuel. I also want to shout out my love Ashwin Wadwani for being my rock and always seeing the best in me. If I ever have a moment of doubt, he is always there to encourage me and remind me that I am meant to do this. Thank you to the 1500 or Nothin family for their support and for giving me the First Class fam, Wyann Vaughn for your endless love and encouragement, Dave Hampton thank you for not only encouraging me with your wisdom and love but thank you for helping make sure I have the equipment I need to succeed and always reminding me of the bigger picture. Thank you to Rukus Avenue Radio for giving me a platform for You Matter Radio and believing in me, and thank you to my new family at HRDRV for motivating me to be a true artist and making a traditionally difficult path easy. Also shout out to my friends that keep me sane and love me as intensely as I love them. They know who they are. Like I said, it takes a village and I’m so grateful for the people I have in my life.