Hi Maya, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey, I’ve been good thanks. So happy to be chatting with you.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dollar To A Diamond”?
Dollar to a Diamond is my story. I wrote it in a confusing time in my life. Career wise I was on the brink of a breakthrough but financially and mindset wise I was struggling. Hydrate (an upcoming producer from Denmark) and Soulshock killed the beat. It premiered as a feature of Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music and that was the perfect way for it to come out into the world. Now I’m just so happy it’s out – I’ve been waiting for this moment.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was couch hopping when I wrote Dollar to a Diamond. I was so so frustrated at myself and embarrassed I couldn’t take care of myself. The meetings with labels had just started and in that respect I was present and motivated but to come home to not your own home is really weird. During the day I’m sitting with the President of a label or in a session with a huge producer but that night I’m skipping dinner ‘cause I had to save my money to get around LA. It was a really tough time for me. That’s what inspired Dollar to a Diamond.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely. We shot the music video already and we’re in the editing process. Diego Andrade and I came up with the concept together. We also did the Selenas artwork together. He did an incredible job directing the Dollar to a Diamond Video and I cannot wait for you to see it.
How was the recording and writing process?
The process for Dollar was different than usual. ‘Hydrate’ (this amazing upcoming producer from Denmark) and Soul got a little tipsy and made the beat. They played it for me the next day and I just started writing.
What was it like to work with Soulshock and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Soul is pretty easy cause we both love to go left and because of that there’s a lot of creative space in the studio. More recently I feel like we’ve locked in a sound. I feel Dollar showcases that – actually the upcoming EP will really showcase that.
How much did he get to influence the song?
He did that super tight beat in collaboration with Hydrate on the chords.
After having produced your songs yourself – was this a whole new experience working with someone else?
I prefer both ways of working. I like working with someone else because they might say something or have a vision that can inspire me in a way I couldn’t inspire myself. It’s been fun. Some recent collabs have been Pharrell and Malay.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
No not really. For me sessions are heavily reliant on vibe and emotion. So it’s all about how we’re feeling.
What role does LA play in your music?
A big role. It’s the only place I’ve ever lived. The only place I call home.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yeah of course. My EP is in the mixing process now. I’m super excited for people to hear these different sides of me.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m actually on the road right now. I’m on plane to New York as we speak. I’m opening up for summer walker on the Girls Need Love tour.
What else is happening next in Maya B’s world?
Just staying inspired. The tour is what’s filling most of my time but once I get back home to LA all my time will be dedicated to getting this EP out.
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