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INTERVIEW: Mavenne

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

I’ve been good!! I just got back from the Hawaii Songwriter’s Festival and it was amazing meeting new people!

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

Yeah! I wanted to create something different than most pop music you hear, something with more transparency and edge. I like to define my genre as alternative-pop because of that, so I have more creative freedom to not fit in a box. I’ve just always loved creating music that’s honest, rather than faking a message I don’t relate to that might be more generically popular or acceptable like writing happy love songs. For me I enjoy writing songs more about internal feelings, processing tougher emotions and how you’re interpreting the world. My lyrics and song ideas tend to rest on the darker side of things but I’ve learned that’s my way of expressing myself and to be ok with that!

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

I feel like this song was at the end of a difficult chapter in my life and the beginning of a new one with a healthier mindset instead of repeating the same negative cycle. The song’s basically about feeling like this darker side of you has to be hidden and it’s like you’re in a different world or faraway place that nobody can see or understand. It’s about starting to develop a spark of hope for life but giving yourself the freedom to not be ok right away.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a lot of fun! My friend Exxy who also is an artist directed it and we shot it in four different locations. Since the song’s called Faraway Far, I decided to try to capture exotic looking places. We went to southern California to shoot a desert scene that looks a lot like the Sahara, a Malibu scene and a scene that also looks like Ireland even though we shot it near Malibu. We also filmed a couple indoor scenes at a warehouse in LA.

How was the recording and writing process? 

I wrote this song by myself a year and a half ago when I was 15 and produced my first version at home. Then I brought it to my co-producer Richard Harris more recently who added more production elements to really enhance the song.

How have Lana Del Rey and Halsey influenced your writing? I love both of them! They’ve always been some of my main influences and have given me hope that alternative-pop music has a place in the music industry and that it’s ok to break out of the box to do something no one else is doing. I feel like writing-wise they just inspire me not to hold anything off limits and to be authentic to yourself rather than “write how you’re supposed to”.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I’m releasing an EP, hopefully one song off of it a month. Being an artist, songwriter and producer, I love the whole creative process!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No exact release dates yet unfortunately, but Bored Games will be the next song off the EP, so keep your eyes open for it soon!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’d love to tour! I don’t have any lined up yet currently, but it’s always been a dream of mine!

What else is happening next in Mavenne’s world?

I’v been working on forming partnerships in licensing my songs for film and tv, so that’s been exciting! I’ve met some people recently who I’ll be collaborating with soon on projects, so I’m looking forward to that!!

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