Ahead of New Music Friday we’re bringing you New Artist Thursday in the shape of our New Music Blag Q&A.
What to say: Everything about Sweden is modern and cool, that includes Maydar who is set to bring her own brand of dark pop with an RnB twist over to UK shores.
When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music as a profession?
I’ve been singing, playing and writing for as long as I can remember. But when it was time to chose what I wanted to study (in Sweden we chose a gymnasium when we’re 15 that focuses on a specific profession) I was pending between studying music or to become a fire fighter. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to actually work with music or just have it as a hobby. But eventually I chose to pursue a music career, and I haven’t regretted it since. Even if it can be very tough and hard at times, it’s the only thing I can picture myself doing.
You also write songs for other artists, do you find that more challenging than writing for yourself?
It can definitely be both! I mean, sometimes it can be easier to write for someone else, since you can just ride on their wave and their experiences. When it comes to releasing my own music, I put a lot of work into nailing every single detail, almost to the point that it’s ridiculous. That can be very challenging at times. But yeah, I wouldn’t say that one is harder than the other, it’s just two completely different things.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Haha if it comes to what I’m proud of in general, I have to say that I biked to Berlin from Sweden by myself, about a year ago. I’d been feeling really down for a while, felt that I lacked purpose, and I just decided to challenge myself both physically and mentally in a way that I hadn’t done before. I’m really proud of myself for pulling it off. But if we’re talking about music, I’ll have to say that my proudest achievement is that I’ve managed to come this far, completely by my own. Everything I do is DIY, and even though it can be tough I enjoy the hell out of constantly learning by doing.
Which three words would you use to describe your sound?
Empowering. Honest. Groovy.
Your new single is called “Body Bag” – what is the meaning behind the title?
“Body Bag” is a song about revenge and betrayal. It tells the story about a woman who found out that she’s been cheated on, and after drinking to much she decides to kill the guy that hurt her. I’ve always loved and been fascinated by the old greek drama “Medea” – so I drew allot of inspiration from that story.
What can we expect from your up and coming EP?
This EP has a very dark vibe to it, mainly because I went through a really tough time while making it. I’m reflecting allot about a very ugly break up that I recently went through, but also about my own patterns and how I’ve realised that I’ve unwillingly followed the destructive love-structures I witnessed while growing up. I hope, and really believe, that many can identify with the topics of the songs, so I’m super excited to release it!
I you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?
Oh my god, this is such a hard question. I honestly can’t pick between ANTI by Rihanna, or “The Miseducation Of Lauren Hill”. Can I chose a few songs from each album please? Haha.
What are your plans for the rest of 2019?
I’m focusing on my artist project, I’ll be releasing 2 EPs this year and hopefully I’ll play live a lot, both in Sweden and the UK. But I’m also working with some other artists projects, which I’m really excited about. So I think this year will be filled with tons of cool music and collabos 🙂