Hi Maydar, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great! So excited that I just released my first EP.
How do you describe your music in 4 words?
I would say: confident, vibe-y, honest and rare.
Can you talk to us more about the lead single ‘Lose My Mind’ which is off your debut EP ‘Fool Me Twice’?
“Lose My Mind” is a song that I wrote about my own relationship with some of my bad habits, and how those bad habits be it a guy, alcohol, or whatever it is could be extremely toxic for you, but you do it anyway. I think that we do it because it’s safe and it’s easy.
I worked on the song with a production duo called Igloo boys, up in the north of Sweden, and over time the song kept coming back to me and I felt more and more connected to it, so I really wanted to release it as the single.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
All the tracks on the EP were written when I was going through a rough time in my life, it’s just kind of me trying to face some of the negative patterns that I have inherited.
Why did you want to release a full 7 track EP at this stage?
This EP is such an important body of work for me, and even though I’m aware that I’m at an early stage in my career, the flow of the story is so important to me. I really wanted to capture the journey of facing those patterns, bad habits and ultimately just trying to find closure. I also want people who discover my music, whether through singles or through seeing me perform, to find more music to listen to, and understand the context of each song.
What’s the story behind the title of the EP?
“Fool Me Twice” was titled after one of the tracks on the EP, and I felt that it represented the whole EP in general because all the songs are about trying not to repeat the same mistake again, so that’s why I thought it made the perfect title.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Stay tuned! 😉
How was the recording and writing process of the EP?
It was such an intense journey, especially that I produced, recorded and mixed most of the tracks by myself. It was both rewarding but also extremely tough, because we as people tend to be the most critical of ourselves, so it was difficult to know when to stop, but it also really taught me to trust myself and learn when to let go.
What made you want to go for a much darker direction?
I think that when you write music about your personal life, you kind of just find yourself writing the kind of music that represents your emotions, so I didn’t really choose to go for a darker sound, it just happened because it was how I felt when I wrote the songs.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Yeah! I think that’s the beauty of songwriting, that you kind of adapt to the way other people work but in a way that still feels like you. I love exchanging ideas and hearing people’s stories.
How does Banks and Lykke Li has influence your writing?
I love their sound, lyrics and how they never compromise their expression for anything. I really respect them as creators, and I think we need more artists like them in the industry.
What role does Sweden play in your music?
Living most of my life here in Sweden, you can certainly hear Swedish melodic influences in my music, and I also think that Sweden is a place where there is a lot of music being created, and being surrounded by that really inspires you and helps you develop very quickly. I also think that the fact that education is free makes it possible for people to chase their dreams, however crazy they were.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It’s really just what I went through in life that inspired me to write the songs.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am performing more and more often lately and I cannot wait until my first tour. I love performing.
What else is happening next in Maydar’s world?
I’m going to keep writing, producing and releasing music that represents my life at every stage, and keep working towards having new listeners find it, and eventually go on a tour.
Where did you stage name Maydar come from?
“May” is my middle name, I’m named after my grandma, who really had a strong passion for music, but never had the opportunity to pursue her dreams. “Dar” comes from my fake ID when I was 16 hahaha.
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