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INTERVIEW: micki maverick

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

Thank you so much for having me! Honestly I have been super good recently–good and busy! I’ve been working pretty extensively with my producer on what’s next, so I’ve been really immersed in that.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “FINE”?

FINE is one of my favorite songs I’ve worked on so far. I go to a lot of heavier places in my music and FINE for me is like the opposite of that, FINE is all love. I’m really inspired by my girlfriend–she’s pretty much most driven person I know and I just find her so wonderful. We’ve been with each other since we were 17 and growing alongside her has been a gift. I needed to make a song that was for her to remind her of how perfect she is whenever she doubts herself.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Even though I know my girlfriend is fine as wine, she often doubts herself and struggles with anxiety and body image. I wanted to give her a song to listen to when she doesn’t feel herself to remind her how drop dead gorgeous she is! This song was inspired by how beautiful she is and how grateful I am to wake up next to her every morning.

Was this always meant to be a love letter of sort or it rather evolve into this?

At first I was actually really torn about what direction I was going to go with the song and I didn’t start writing on it right away. Once I realized this was going to be for my girlfriend the words just came so easily.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The team and I are still talking about it, but it’s a solid maybe.

The single comes off your new EP INTRUSIVE EXCLUSIVE  – what’s the story behind the title?

As manic and /or depressive people, we experience thoughts that intrude in our minds. Like the deepest darkest thoughts you could possibly have, and while you are going through an episode it feels like you are completely alone and those thoughts are exclusive only to you.

How was the recording and writing process?

So it all started 4 years ago when I randomly came across a really small producer on Soundcloud. I loved his songs, I reached out, we started collabing, and then I ghosted him… Fast forward to about a year ago: I post this random bootleg of XXTENTACION’s Jocelyn Flores with a $20  broken mic. It was awful. But he must have seen something in me, because that same producer(c.m.scott AKA Braddokk) reached out to me again and we started cooking up INTRUSIVE EXCLUSIVE. Ever since, it’s just been an endless string of back and forth emails and mp3s, with me recording in my bedroom and him producing in his. At this point he’s the Phineas to my Ferb.

What role does LA play in your music?

I love my city with a passion. When I was little my mom would always take my sister and I on the metro to Union Station then we’d cross the street to Olvera Street. We would have lunch there, then walk to Chinatown and look inside all the shops. I remember begging for a turtle and carrying it in its little portable aquarium on my lap on the ride home from the Chinatown Station. The energy in Los Angeles is just electric–simple walks through Downtown would empower me and filled me with the life to breathe into my music.

How has Kehlani and Billie Eilish influenced your writing?

I discovered Kehlani through her early work, Cloud 19, when I was a junior in high school. I was extremely closited and through her music, I felt like I wasn’t alone. Kehlani was a light at the end of the tunnel for me and she inspired me to start writing music of my own. She puts her soul into her lyrics and I strive to do the same. I want to share my heart with anyone who needs a piece of it just like she did for me! Billie Eilish pretty much created her own style of singing, and through her whispery tones I started to experiment with other types of singing of my own.

What aspect of anxiety and depression did you get to explore on this record?

Before starting this project I was in a really dark place, I actually can’t believe my girlfriend stayed with me it was so bad. I was just no longer in control of my emotions and my mind and awful thoughts would completely takeover for weeks at a time. Working on this EP and writing each song was its own form of therapy for me, and I was finally able to let go of so much anger and sadness I held so close to my heart.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

This piece is my soul to music, and every song was really inspired by either my past or my present. I write on the people i’ve loved and lost, the pain that followed my “coming out”, and the immeasurable love that grew from she ashes.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re talking to promoters at the moment, I’ll definitely keep my fans posted.

What else is happening next in micki maverick’s world?

We’re really working hard on the next project(a double sided mixtape) and trying to get really ambitious with it. This EP holds a really special place in my heart, but we’re really trying to go bigger and better with each release, and I’m really happy with the progress.

Listen FINE here

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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