A great singer, songwriter, and composer named Maya Roxo hails from Liverpool, where she lives.
With her dramatic and cinematic pop sound, she soon ascended to prominence in 2022. Her music has a way of getting stuck in your head and refusing to let go.
A native of the west coast of Norway, she tells her narrative via strong music that comes from the depths of her heart. Maya Roxo doesn’t hold back when it comes to expressing herself, and the result is epic powerful pop.
Her most recent effort, an EP titled “Fearless Emotions” was disclosed to me in a private chat. To begin with, this EP is a bold statement that takes you on an emotional trip throughout the whole listening process.
Punchy synthesisers and bass combine with aggressive, passionate, and dramatic vocals to create an entrancing sound, which concludes with an unexpected calm and heartwarming outro.
Maya Roxo wants to share with you the feelings and obstacles she encounters on a daily basis, as well as the lessons she learns along the way.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’ve been singing and performing for 16 years, but I didn’t start properly writing songs until 4 years ago. Before that, I had just explored it a little bit whenever I felt inspired or for some reason felt pulled to it.
I guess I found my way to songwriting very naturally as it has always been a way for me to express myself. I bought my first guitar when I was around 15 years old, so that definitely sparked some songs early on.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
This is my first serious musical project! However, when I first started my journey as a solo artist in 2018, I had a completely different name, MAZED.
At the time I was just working with the people I had around me, while I was writing and figuring out my musical identity and what style of music I wanted to do. I actually changed my artist name to Maya Roxo quite recently, just a few months before releasing my EP Fearless Emotions.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I’m inspired by other artists, live gigs, films, stories in my own life and in my friends’ lives, and sometimes by just walking my dog at the Liverpool docks. I also get very motivated just by talking to other musicians.
Examples of musicians I absolutely love are Bishop Briggs, Sigrid, Imagine Dragons, and Neoni. I also grew up listening to artists like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Katie Melua, and Alicia Keys.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in music?
My parents are very supportive and give me a lot of trusts, which I really appreciate. My friends are also amazing! I think they know that if I want something I’m going to work hard to get it and that they can’t change my mind anyway.
I’m quite stubborn… They don’t really have any other choice than to get behind me, and if not, they’re not true friends. To be honest, I try not to ask myself that very question too much. I try to focus on the people who are in the industry who know how it works, and on the opportunities and possibilities, we have as independent musicians today.
In this profession, I think you have to be a bit oblivious to others’ opinions.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Overwhelm. There are so many hats you have to put on as an independent musician, or as a music entrepreneur as I like to call it, that sometimes it can get too much, and you find yourself not moving forward.
I’m incredibly grateful that there are so many professionals who also offer their expertise online, but that too can get overwhelming and confusing. I think one of the most important things as a music entrepreneur is to remember the big picture and to take one thing at a time.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Massively! I would not have been able to do what I do right now if I didn’t have the internet including all the new online tools that I have only recently started learning about.
It helps you create a business no matter where you are in the world and connects you to other people in the music scene which is so important. The internet helps give the power back to the independent musicians, and I truly believe that right now is the best time to be one.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Don’t be afraid of writing bad songs! You have to write yourself through it. Another tip is to show your song to someone and listen to what you tell yourself, or the excuses you say out loud when sharing it.
Those are the things you know deep within that could be better. Craft your song. Despite the impressions, we might get online or from big songwriters sometimes, it doesn’t take 30 minutes to complete a well-crafted song.
What is your current project about?
My debut EP Fearless Emotions is kind of a summary of the past few years of my life. I’ve written through moving to a new place, making important career choices, being isolated, as well as falling in love.
The songs are about acceptance as well as dealing with emotions like confidence, vulnerability, and anger. It’s about taking care of yourself, finding your way through new terrains, but most of all about believing in yourself and working towards your goals.
I want my listeners to feel heard, inspired, and even a bit challenged! Your dream chose you for a reason!
Fearless Emotions is kind of a summary of the past few years of my life. I’ve written through moving to a new place, making important career choices, being isolated, as well as falling in love. The songs are about acceptance as well as dealing with emotions like confidence, vulnerability, and anger. It’s about taking care of yourself, finding your way through new terrains, but most of all about believing in yourself and working towards your goals. Your dream chose you for a reason!” – Maya Roxo
What does this song mean to you?
To me ‘Echo’ is a promise I made to myself to keep going. I wrote it after having lived in England for around a half year, and I was adapting to a new culture, life, and industry.
I was figuring out who I was, both musically and personally, as well as who I could trust. One day, after receiving what felt like the hundredth no from someone in the music industry, I felt a bit knocked down. That’s when I wrote ‘Echo’. For every yes, there will be a hundred no’s!
What are your hobbies?
I’ve always been quite active. I played handball for nine years. So, going to the gym or having a run during the summer is something that I enjoy, especially to get out of my head. I also love watching ‘Friends’ and eating Norwegian chocolate if you can call that a hobby.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Listen to your dreams, work for them, and never give up! The only limitation is yourself.