I recently reviewed Maisyn’s new EP Cool Grl recently and I really enjoyed it – I decided to have a chat with Maisyn to find out a little more about her and her music. Check out how we got on below!
By Jane Howkins
You recently released a new EP titled Cool Grl. What can you tell us about the EP and where can it be purchased?
To me Cool Grl is a coming-of-age EP, each song chronicles part of my journey towards growing into my own skin. It’s available for purchase on iTunes and can be streamed everywhere!
Do you have any plans to release a full-length album anytime soon?
Right now I’m holding off on a full-length release! I’m an independent artist and it can be really difficult to push an album in a singles-driven environment so I’m waiting until I have more resources to tackle the vision fully.
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
They feel like two really distinct processes actually. For this EP I wrote all the songs on my own, so it was a really introspective and private experience. However, the production process was extremely playful and collaborative. My great friend Joey Messina-Doerning produced all these songs with me and it’s really such a joy bouncing ideas around with him.
Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?
There’s definitely more music coming, expect new releases in 2022!
You’re based in Los Angeles. What is the music scene like there at the moment and are there any local band/artists you can recommend?
I feel so lucky to be part of the absolutely stunning music scene that exists in Los Angeles. Truly some of the most talented writers and performers are here and it’s so humbling and inspiring to watch everyone grow and win and shine! Yes, some of my favorite local artists are Jensen McRae, Rett Madison, Kate Grahn, and Madeleine Mayi. They’re the best!
What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?
Some of my biggest musical influences are Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, and Taylor Swift. I also find inspiration in parts of my life outside music like the books I read, the conversations I have, and the relationships I’m part of. It all feeds the stories. Right now I have the new Kacy Hill album on repeat. It’s so warm I could just curl up inside it.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
The pandemic definitely caused unexpected delays and interruptions, especially pertaining to my creative output and mental health. I started recording Cool Grl at the beginning of March 2020 and obviously had to put that process on hold for a while. That delay was actually kind of a gift though because it gave me time to slow down and reflect, really articulate the songs and sounds exactly how I imagined.
Do you have any tour dates lined up?
Not at the moment! For the most part I’ve been getting back into the swing of gigging with some local LA shows. Really excited for more to come in 2022.
What can people expect from one of your gigs and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?
Part of what I love about performing is the interaction and energy exchange. I love talking to the crowd and telling them what I was thinking about when I wrote the songs and even how I feel about the songs now that I have some distance from the writing/release process. Generally my shows are pretty intimate, I really care about connecting.
Any last words for the fans?
Thank you so much to everyone who’s been listening / streaming / supporting! I can really feel every little ounce of support and it truly keeps me moving and grooving!