We had the good fortune of connecting with Maya La Maya and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maya La Maya, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was raised in New Hampshire, moved to Maine in middle school, and spent my college days in Boston. Both of my parents were concert pianists and taught me everything I know about music from a young age. From ear-training games to weekly attended concerts, I lived and breathed melody and rhythm. Being homeschooled since before high school had its advantages since I got to really focus on my creativity. Visual art and artisan projects also became my passions. Writing songs started when I was eleven years old after dabbling in composition. Moving from classical to contemporary and finally to modern writing, I found a way I could best express myself in between the silence. Growing up this way made me realize the importance of expression and being your authentic self. It also made me rather sheltered to the issues that make up this country and when I finally did go to public school it was a culture shock to see the inequality of my peers as well as the discrimination I myself faced because of the color of my skin. I saw no representation in the media nor in the music industry of anyone from my background (Mayan and Spanish decent). So I chose Maya La Maya, which the direct Spanish to English translation is Maya the Mayan, my previous artist name. Now I get to use my creativity and my passion to show the world that the Mayan population is still very much alive and not a culture of the past. I try to bring difficult subjects to light in my writing, socially and emotionally. My polarity with being a bubbly, positive person and writing songs that hold such weight have had its challenges but I’m really proud of all the work I’ve done so far.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So much of what I write about comes from a place of confusion. How do these feelings belong to me, and how can I express them in all their complexities? I grew up not really knowing where my place was, where I belonged because nobody that I grew up around looked like me. I was a mestiza among the crowds of white faces when I went to my father’s concerts. It always made me question how much space I was allowed to take up, and through that frustration I came to be more sensitive to how melodies and arrangements take up space. And how each one has a place where it belongs amongst the silence. I boil down the intricacies of the not-so-labeled emotions down into a catchy tune, and then I hope I can connect to someone who maybe feels it too. I was taught that the music industry was a competitive field, but through my experiences working with my peers at Berklee College of Music and at HRDRV, I’ve come to know it as a collaborative field where creatives get together to make something memorable. And that’s why I’m really excited about my upcoming EP, officially announced to drop on July 22nd, my birthday! This project has been in the works for at least a year and a half, produced by the incredible Travis Heidelman and Tucker Bickell. Simple, the single off the EP, is my first real rapping debut and where I showcase the source of my neo-pop sound. My latest projects, Slow It Down and Obsession, are both on all platforms and they’re my favorite songs I’ve released so far. Slow It Down is a Billie Eilish inspired original tune, co-written and produced by Tucker Bickell. My love for background vocals and vocal arrangement is reflected in both of the tunes, Obsession has some fun call and response melodies in there. My artistry is deeply rooted in my passion for social justice, Maya La Maya is a brand of my heritage as well as my ability to bring complex and difficult ideas and translate them into melodies spaced out so they feel simple.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take them to The Backdoor Bakery, this little family-owned bakery in Sunland California that has the best hazelnut oatmilk lattes and the best veggie breakfast burritos ever! I would also take them to Good Boy Bob Coffee in Santa Monica, it has great coffee and cool chickpea wraps with home-made hot sauce that are to die for. Other than coffee places and breakfast foods I don’t know a lot about California as I’ve only been here for 5 months, but I’m a homebody so catch me inside vibing out to some jams with some mood lighting and a pre-roll, then go for a picnic down by the beach with the homies is what my friends who visit me and I usually do!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without HRDRV, I wouldn’t have found a community so focused on climbing the music industry ladder together and helping me create better opportunities for myself and my collaborators.

Website: https://www.mayalamaya.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayalamayamusic/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maya-lopez-36a962149/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mayalamayamusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayalamayamusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrs7p_z2PIbtqJSx0o2iAvw

Image Credits
Additional Photo 1: @818suki Additional Photo 2: n/a Additional Photo 3: Lindi Cecile Additional Photo 4: Gabbie Carranza Additional Photo 5: Kai Lopez Additional Photo 6: Kai Lopez Additional Photo 7: Roman Lane Additional Photo 8: @818suki

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