Tell us about yourself and your music
I’m a 17 year old solo acoustic musician. I’ve been playing guitar since my popping started teaching me when I was 5 years old. Music was something he and I shared so it’s very close to my heart. I enjoy introducing people to a new style of music something simple but still creative. When I hit the stage I’m just a girl and her guitar.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest single “In a Box” is something that every girl or guy can relate to. It’s about being in a bad relationship and needing to find your freedom. It’s about not wanting to be controlled anymore. Its about standing up for yourself and saying let me go be me.
What inspired you to write this release?
I had been dating a guy and it wasn’t going well. He was clingy and controlling . It just wasn’t healthy.
Any plans to release a video?
I already released the video for “In a Box” . Again that was a wonderful experience. Filming with Daniel Morales could not have been better. Him and Omar Maldonado are both recent graduates of Full Sail University and used everything they learned there to make everything a”Mai”zing !
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m currently focusing on performing in central Florida. I have show coming up in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Maitland, Sanford, Ocala, and My fab St Augustine. I’ll add a list of upcoming dates, but umm always adding more.
Feb 4, Yellowdog eats in NSB Fl 7pm-10pm
Feb 8, Jerry’s Tiki bar in NSB Fl 6pm-10pm
Feb 10, Other on the pound in Sanford Fl 9pm-1am
Feb 11, Bank & Blues in Daytona Beach Fl 11pm-12am
Feb 17, Johnny D’s In Flagler beach Fl 6pm-10pm
Feb 18,19 Rok Bar in Daytona Beach Fl. 9Pm-11pm
Feb 23 Copper Rocket PUB in Maitland Fl 9pm-11pm
Feb 25 March 11 Daytona Pizza & wings in Daytona Beach Fl 9pm-1am
March 3 Cup o’ the Irish in Ocala Fl 8pm-11pm
March 18 wophops in Sanford Fl 8pm-11pm
March 24 Sarbez in St Augustine Fl 9pm-1am
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I’m not sure how to answer that. I’m just Mai . I do what I love and I put my heart into my music. I’m a girl and her guitar with a goal to share my music and give other girls the message that you don’t have to be all duck lips, and booty shorts to be beautiful. Its beautiful to be unique and different. As l9my as your genuinely you.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Water Parks ( my current favorite band), Melanie Martinez, Dropkick Murphys, Never Shout Never . As you can see I don’t listen to a lot of mainstream stuff. I live music you don’t normally hear on the radio.
Tell us about your passions
I’m also a figure skater. Yep that’s right.. A figure skater in Fl. I love the feeling of putting on my skates and hitting the ice. Its a feeling like no other! I feel free and unrestrained on the ice.
What else is happening next in your world?
I’m currently In the studio recording and getting ready to release my first EP. And I recently aud8tioned for one of the well known televised talent shows (AGT) and I’m waiting to see where that takes me.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Mai!
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