Maya B is a 20 year old writer, drummer, pianist, artist, and producer based out of LA. We caught up with her after The Girls Need Love Tour where she opened for Summer Walker. We discussed her music, her zine, and much more. Check out the full interview below.
Q: How would you describe Maya B to those who do not know you or your music?
A: “ I would describe my music as artful, honest, and bops.”
Q: How long have you been doing music? What made you get into music?
A: “I’ve been doing music ever since I can remember honestly. I fell in love with it when I was like 5 and started making music when I was 7. What made me get into music was my mom putting my sisters and I into a girl band. I soon started taking much more seriously than my older sisters did ahaha.”
Q: What is the inspiration behind your breakout single, “Dollar To A Diamond”?
A: “Dollar To A Diamond” was written in a very vulnerable moment. I wrote it when I was couch hopping like a month before I got signed. Growing up if I was confident about my original music people would view it as cocky or unrealistic. I always say Dollar is my ode to all dreams cocky and unrealistic. That song is kinda my hero haha, so I’m super appreciative of those who love it.”
Q: What do you do outside of music that contributes to your musicality?
A: “When I’m not making music I’m painting, drawing, spending time with family, getting a spontaneous tat, or driving around with my friends. All of those things refuel my creative engine.”
Q: What’s your favorite song that you have written or have out?
A: “My favorite song I’ve written is a tie between “Dollar To A Diamond” and “Real Life” (coming soon). They’re very different from each other but lyrically I think it’s my best to date.”
Q: What has being on tour with Summer Walker been like? What is your favorite tour moment so far?
A: “The Girls Need Love tour was so much fun. It was my first tour so It was a whirlwind of new but I honestly cannot wait to get back on the road again. My favorite moment touring had to have been performing in my hometown of LA.”
Q: How do you get yourself hyped or performance ready? Do you have a pre-performance ritual?
A: “Pre- performance I do a lot of jumping around and high five any living thing haha. I always say a prayer. I always dance to my favorite tunes. I listen to “We Are The Champions” before I go on stage because I’ve paid my dues time after time haha. I like to stay in the mindset of “this is the fun part”. I spend a lot of time getting my energy right basically. It’s important for people to feel that positive energy when they watch me.”
Q: How do you ensure time for self-care when you’re on the road?
A: “I haven’t mastered that honestly. There has been a lot of hot showers, ginger tea, and ginger shots. I think it’s a mindset though. I find that when I stress about staying healthy I tend to get sick or lose my voice so I personally have to make it a year round habit.”
Q: Who is your dream collaboration with?
A: “Just one? Gosh. Recently I’ve been in love with Juice WRLD. But overall I’ve always been in love with Tame Impala or Angel Olsen.”
Q: I had the opportunity to look at your zine, do you also sell art or is that just for fun? If so, where can we buy it?
A: “My zine is for you, for the culture, for the sake of having something tangible that people cannot swipe away and forget about. I’m working on incorporating my art into merch, If I do sell a zine it’ll be different than the ones that are out now.”
Q: What are the top 3 most played songs on your phone/mp3 device?
A: “Beach Baby” by Bon Iver. “These Days” by Nico. “Pristine” by Snail Mail”
Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice as a kid, what would you say?
A: “Fuck the haters, do your thing.”
Q: What’s the weirdest DM you have received from a fan?
A: “Omg. This one girl kept sending nudes. She’s like a serial nude sender and I’m too awkward to respond cause like- what do you say to that? So I just muted her hahaha. Sorry chick if you’re reading this.”