Interview with MAUVE
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I would probably be doing something with painting or with dance. I always need a creative outlet to express how I am feeling and just allow my mind to let go, so something in the art world would definitely be what I’d be involved in.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
It does allow myself to have a bit of a break in order to refresh. Sometimes you can be in that “working mode” a lot when playing music and that can drain out your creativity. It’s important to give yourself those pauses to find that natural inspiration again and not have it be forced.
How long have you been making music?
I have been writing music for over 10 years now! I still remember some of the old songs I wrote just as I was starting out.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I give credit to Toronto for providing many outlets and opportunities to explore different styles of music through its vibrancy and the incredible support that’s available here. You have access to so many different genres of music that it is so awesome to see the fusion that comes out of people connecting and jamming together.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
It was so amazing being able to play at Canadian Music Week in June 2022! I was so grateful to be selected to play. I met so many talented artists who were also performing during my showcase. The best is being able to support each other through the same passion that you all share.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
A highlight for me was performing at a popular venue in Toronto called Sneaky Dee’s. It has such a cultural significance to the city so it was really great to perform there after going there so many times with my friends.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I would love to be able to perform with the girl group TLC! I was just starting highschool when I came across their music and I was instantly drawn to how authentic they were. They provided such a strong and meaningful message for their female listeners. I became their biggest fan and they really inspired me to want to pursue music full-time. I even saw them perform in concert at Budweiser in 2019!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
I would tell myself to not dread the tedious work so much. When you are pursuing music, you want to jump to the point when you are performing on stage all the time, but there are so many things that need to be done before you get to that point. I am grateful now that I stuck with my practises and routines in order to keep growing stronger as a musician.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I think my song “Another Life” has the most vulnerability to it. It was really nice being able to find the words to convey in an artistic way what I was feeling at the time. Jason Couse did an amazing job on the production end with adding so many elements to the instrumentation.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My song “And I’m Okay” is super fun to perform at the end of a set because my band just stretches out the final section of the song and builds up all the uplifting emotions going on in the song. It’s a really nice way to create a moving impact for the audience to leave with.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
Writing songs is a way for me to honour any emotions that I’m going through in the different transitions of life. It really helps me process what I am feeling and work through any rough spots that may come up. It can be very cathartic and I always feel a little lighter whenever I am able to put those emotions into a song.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
I hope to inspire others to be authentic. No matter what you may be going through, the best method for me is to feel those emotions fully and to not try to pretend like your feelings don’t matter.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I have an amazing show happening on September 9th called the Y2K FEST and Canadian powerhouse Suzie McNeil will be headlining! Here is the link to get tickets! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/y2k-fest-tickets-386374405247
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
Yes of course! Here is where you can find me:
Spotify — “Where It All Began”