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INTERVIEW: Maggie Schneider

Hi Maggie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Happy New Year to you guys! I’ve been great, and I’m very excited about this opportunity.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Chuck Bass”?

    “Chuck Bass” is the newest single off of my new EP, Tinted Glasses. I’m really excited about this song because it’s all about women standing up for themselves, and the importance of honesty and integrity in relationships. It’s all about what is truly valuable in life and love, while positively reminding women of their value.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

    There were not any specific events that inspired me to write this song. I co-wrote “Chuck Bass” with Nick Pena about a year ago, and I was specifically inspired to write a sassy, girl power anthem. The music was heavily influenced by some of my favorite Top-40 pop songs at the time, like Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” My goal was to write a catchy, radio-friendly song celebrating women and their strength, and I’m glad that it is especially relevant to the challenges that women have been addressing recently.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

    It was so fun filming the music video! I got to work with Britain Weyant, who is an awesome videographer and music video director in the Atlanta area. He’s also the touring bassist of Have Mercy, so he has a great deal of talent and experience in the music industry. We shot the entire music video in one day, and took footage in The Masquerade music venue, as well as a really cool apartment owned by one of Britain’s friends. The process was incredibly laidback and Britain was really supportive and creative throughout filming. I just finished collaborating with him on another video as well!

The single comes off your new album Tinted Glasses – what’s the story behind the title?

    The title of my new EP, Tinted Glasses, has a lot to do with everything I’ve experienced in the last year. The EP is incredibly personal, and delves into the highs and lows of relationships and growing up. To me, the title references my unique perspective on life, and the ways in which my personal experiences have affected my views of the world; I’ve always looked at the world through rose-colored lenses, and Tinted Glasses expresses the ways that I’ve matured as both a person and an artist.

How was the recording and writing process?

    The recording and writing process for this EP was the most incredible experience of my life so far. I recorded all four songs at Track Happy Studios in Nashville, and had the opportunity to work with Rian Dawson of All Time Low. I was in the studio with him for 5 days, and it was an amazingly creative environment. I had already written all four songs prior to entering the studio, and so we spent our time working on arrangements and bringing them to life! In addition, I got to share this studio time with my musical partner and great friend Alex Crain, and Rian’s right-hand man, Dan Swank. I cannot thank them enough for their incredible support and ideas.

What was it like to work with Rian Dawson and how did that relationship develop?

    Working with Rian Dawson was a dream come true, especially because All Time Low has been my favorite band since middle school. They truly inspired me to play music and write my own songs! I first met Rian professionally when I went to track vocals and piano on a song that I co-wrote with another band. After that, Rian personally invited me back to his studio to work on my own music – needless to say, I was stunned and ecstatic by these words – and we scheduled my sessions! I’m so thankful to have maintained my relationship with Rian after this experience, as well as for his continuing kindness and support of my music. He’s encouraged me to continue pursuing my dreams!

How much did he influence the album?

    Rian greatly influenced my EP. Not only did he produce and play drums on all four songs, but he encouraged the entire direction of the project. Rian encouraged me to step out of the pop-punk box and broaden my horizons as a singer-songwriter by incorporating elements of pop, rock, punk, and even country. Because of him, the songs and production itself are much more well-rounded, and I hope that music listeners of all tastes will feel connected to what we created!

How have Gossip Girl and other TV shows influenced the writing of this record?

   Honestly, I love watching television because it inspires me to be more creative in the ways I express myself, both visually and musically. For example, “Chuck Bass” is named after the character in Gossip Girl to better emphasize the whole idea of valuing honesty and integrity over wealth and status. Pop culture in general has always influenced what I write about, because of its relatability and relevance around the world. I will continue watching and treasuring shows like Gilmore Girls, Big Little Lies, and Shameless because of the great ways in which they make commentaries on life and important issues. I hope to make these statements through my music!

What aspect of life and relationships did you get to explore on this record?

    This record explores both the highs and lows of life and relationships – it’s all about growing up, moving forward, and learning from both the ups and downs. Like in life, I had the opportunity to shed light on everything from happiness, confidence, and love, to hopelessness and sadness. All individuals can understand these feelings in their own unique ways, which I find to be such a beautiful concept.

Any plans to hit the road?

   I definitely have plans to hit the road in 2018! I just booked my very first show in New York City at The Bitter End on March 18, which is NYC’s oldest rock-and-roll club. Playing this venue has been on my bucket list for a while! I’m also hoping to plan a couple weekend-runs along the east coast this summer. I have so many places I want to go!

What else is happening next in Maggie Schneider´s world?

   I’m continuing to write more songs, play more shows in Atlanta, and share Tinted Glasses with anyone who wants to listen. I am also a full-time student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, where I am pursuing a degree in writing. All in all, the future is looking incredibly bright, and I’m ready to take on the world.

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