I’m well! Went through a rough patch, but I’ve taken some time to recover and now I’m ready to kick ass again. Thank you for asking!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “BOYS”?
BOYS is a song that I’m overwhelmingly proud of, and it seems to be getting received really well. The song is nostalgic, yet uplifting for me, and if I could’ve had a tune like that when I was figuring out my sexuality, it would’ve been a literal lifesaver.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It started after I had broken up with a girl who was using me as a crutch, but not letting me ever lean on her when I needed it. That day I had a family member say something about how I was just pretending to have loved her for attention, so I started writing a song about her, a sad one. I realized, though, that what really broke my heart was my only family invalidating me. So, I wrote BOYS, as a tune that I would’ve loved to hear at that moment. One that kind of soars, isn’t about sex or a tragic love story. I wanted a happy, queer song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a lot of work, it was just me and the producer, Ryan Maynes, in the studio. After I wrote the song, I immediately recorded the demo, and then I sent it to my mom. During studio time, I played the acoustic guitar, which was probably the hardest part for me, because I’m a shit guitar playing. The harmonies were the most fun, I love coming up with harmony, and there’s a few slight Four Seasons references in them.
How has your upbringing have influence your music?
I think that because my parents got divorced, and they both worked a lot, music became a friend of mine. My sister would make me mixtapes, and I would listen to them over and over. I still don’t do well with silence, it overwhelms me. To fall asleep I usually need music or a show.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Yes! The full EP is coming out soon, I think it’s great. To make it as good as it can be, there’s work to be done, but I’m really proud of it, and I love it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind for the album?
I’m definitely thinking by February.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hopefully! I would absolutely love to, I LOVE performing and the connection with people it allows.
What else is happening next in Maris‘ world?
To be honest, a lot of stuff is pending, but I don’t want to jinx anything. You’ll just have to tune into my socials and see. 🙂
Thank you so so much for wanting to chat with me! I appreciate it.