INTERVIEW: MAVIII

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

Very busy, focused and excited about making new music.

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

Crazy is a letter I wrote in my journal to a anon person because I didn’t want to share with anyone what I was going through. By putting out this song I hope it shines some light on the stigma we have with mental health discussions in our communities.

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

Just a really hard time in my life, a large transition was being made and I feel a lot of people can relate to that difficulty of going through something and knowing in the end its whats best for you but the transition is still hard to deal with. It’s real, it’s raw and it happens to everyone.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Arcani is amazing to work with, I told him I wanted the video to be the embodiement of less is more and I think we nailed it. Funny our location actually fell through the night before so we decided to shoot the entire thing in the house I grew up in. We shot for 12 hours! It was so so worth it.

The single comes off your new album The Drive – what’s the story behind the title?

I actually came up with that title because I wrote the first half completley in my car (not me driving) or if was driving I would get inspired and have to pull over and it was just the weirdest thing, the second i got into my car and got moving songs would just come to me. After A lot of thought I also figured life is just like a long drive so I thought it fit the grand scheme/ brainchild of the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

I actually recorded Crazy in 3 studios over the course of a year and a half so that was pretty wild. As far as the rest of the EP i really got to just sit down and create with people I consider close friends so it was awesome. I would write the songs then bring them to the producers/creatives in my life to help me breathe life into the words I had written in the studio.

What made you want to split these into a double project record?

My grandma once told me Everything has two sides to it: life, love, and vinyl records. It really stuck with me and I continue to apply it to everything to remind myself there are two sides to everything, everyone, every story, everything.

Would each installment follow a different theme or do they work as standalone record?

Side A is pop electro, dance your heart out, scream, jump, flip your hair, put your makeup on.

And Side B is like the cup of hot tea you have at night by the fire, or the firey side of your personality you only let some people see. I wanted side B to feel cozy.

What role does Virginia play in your music?

Virginia has shown me R&B! And has given me some of the best friends in music I could ever ask for. This is my home. i would never have this much influence of that genre in my life if i didnt move to richmond and im so grateful to observe, appreciate, and use the influence.

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

All around me, funny conversations with strangers, crazy nights out with my friends, successful and failed relationships, doing things my mom told me not to do. I essentially take a step back from my life, analyze it and then write between the lines in hopes that others can relate or that I could bring peace to others in a way.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not yet , key word being yet.

What else is happening next in Maviii’s world?

Lots of collaborations! I have a list of things/songs I wanted to accomplish and tackle when I was done with this EP and so for now Ill be focusing on new opportunity, new sounds and new ideas 🙂

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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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