Q: Hi Mauve, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: Hey there! Thanks so much for having me. I have been doing pretty good. Doing my best to stay creative. I’m happy I’ve been able to find ways to record and plan new releases during this upside-down time for musicians.
Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Starting Over”?
A: . This song is about that frustration of having so much hope for the start of something new, and then realizing that it won’t actually happen. It’s that disappointment you get too familiar with in that journey of finding love. I think a lot of people can relate to this feeling because sometimes we can get ahead of ourselves and picture a great life with someone, without fully thinking about what that person’s real intentions are. It’s like you are longingly waiting for the seeds to grow, but then you have to accept that it isn’t going anywhere and you’re back at square one.
Q: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A: Most of my songs that I’ve released have come from a place of celebration and falling in love, but this is one of my first songs that explores that pain that can come from losing love. It was kind of cathartic for me to write this song and express the hurt that was being experienced. Writing this song was a way for me to release those emotions that I was going through during a heartbreak.
Q: Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
A: Yes, I do have a music video that I will be releasing for the song. There’s a nice concept that the video explores with lighting a candle and having that flame represent the hope that you have with someone when starting a new connection. I wanted to include a little bit of symbolism in the video because I think it’s nice to allow the audience to draw their own interpretations from the song.
Q: How was the recording and writing process?
A: For this song, the songwriting process started how most of my songs begin. I was sitting at the piano in my basement, deep into the emotions that I was going through and just started to mess around with the notes and chords on the keyboard. I just started to gradually pour out how I was feeling and I pieced together what would soon become the verse, chorus, etc. Eventually I put the basic structure of the song on my computer software program to make it into a demo. I brought this demo to my producer a little while later when I knew that it was ready to record in the professional studio. Of course, it was a little different to record the song this time because we were being extra cautious about social distancing measures in the studio. I’m happy we were able to work it out and make it happen!
Q: What role does Canada play in your music?
A: A lot of Canadian artists inspire me and have influenced my sound. I think it has a lot to do with listening to Canadian radio growing up and watching Much Music. Amanda Marshall is a big inspiration of mine because her vocals are so raw and strong. She’s the ultimate powerhouse! I was front row at her concert a couple years ago and had the time of my life. That’s the energy that I want to bring to others when performing on stage.
Q: With your music getting some great momentum – do you feel any pressure when putting new material together or rather the opposite?
A: I don’t feel more pressure because I feel like my songwriting abilities have drastically transformed. I feel like the more music I make and release, the more I learn and grow as an artist and figure out the sound that fully connects with me. Especially with the pause from the pandemic shutdown, I have been able to have more time to not feel rushed when creating something and fine-tuning a song that I am working on.
Q: How has Amy Winehouse and Sia influenced your writing?
A: Amy Winehouse and Sia put so much heart and vulnerability into their lyrics. Their songs are packed with deep and emotional vocals and it’s played a huge influence on how I sing music. They really lay it all out there and you can feel it in their delivery.
Q: Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
A: Yes! I have been working with my producers on completing several songs. “Starting Over” is the first of a bunch of new music and videos that are going to be out in 2021. I’ve got a new collection of songs in the works that I am excited to share.
Q: Any tentative release date or title in mind?
A: I am planning to release another EP or album in the summertime this year, so keep your eyes out for that!
Q: What else is happening next in Mauve’s world?
A: I have a few online virtual performances that are lined up for the coming weeks. Be sure to stay connected with me on my social media to stay updated on the dates!
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