ArtistRack catches up with Maame Music for this exclusive interview:
With a rich and culturally diverse background, it’s no wonder independent recording artist MAAME MUSIC possesses a distinct artistic gift.
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Southern Maryland, Ghanaian American songstress MAAME (pronounced MA-MAY) has been involved in music since she was 9 years old. Her musical journey began singing in church, picking up the flute as her first musical study, while she found an infatuation for prose as early as 8. Taking a particular interest in the writings of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Edgar Allen Poe. MAAME was inspired by Langston’s ability to make people ponder, Maya’s ability to find empowerment in dark times, and Edgar’s ability to write beautiful poetic lines with gothic themes. At 12 years old, MAAME discovered her gift for lyrical writing and music composition. She quickly realized that she wanted to be an artist that enlightens, empowers, and inspires her listeners. Her biggest inspirations musically as a teen were Beyonce Knowles Carter, Usher, Aaliyah and Michael Jackson.
Where are you from?
Oxon Hill, MD
How long have you been making music?
Since I was 12 years old
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
As of now I have only released one song–Saving Grace. I am currently working on my first EP.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
Saving Grace was inspired from a broken heart. It’s about me telling my story of a certain someone who I thought was the one but in reality made me feel so insignificant. It didn’t just break my heart but it broke my pride. When I was coming to terms of the reality of this relationship I wrote the song in power chords and with the hook Saving Grace as a reminder of myself of how much of a blessing it is to not have what I thought I wanted. To be free from being letdown. The song about heartbreak turned into my personal to help me to move forward. Now I’m ready to share with everyone else.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I decided to stop waiting for people to open the door for me and started opening windows for myself. I was honest with myself and gave time to heal from the many disappointments prior to getting where I am today. I used them as lessons to help me make better choices in the future. I accepted the changes in the music industry by deciding to pay my dues by working odd jobs to save up for budgets in recording, I did a lot of reading to stay up to date as much as I can about the industry. Before I did my reading I thought that I needed to work hard to get a label to notice me to be successful in the industry. Now I know I don’t have to wait anymore. I can start now and in my own pace.
What do you think of the music industry in 2017?
Some may think otherwise but I believe that the music industry is in a good place right now thanks to the internet. The help of the internet brought social media and online streaming to the market. With online streaming and social media involved these options loosen the grip of major record label companies in the industry. With the internet there is also kick starters to help meet budgets on projects. I feel like it brings more of a community and you’re more focused on your listeners finding you than you trying to have them all because you have to make sure that the advances the label gave you are recouped. Plus there is a history of major labels writing contracts for artists that are very questionable. It’s just great to be able to do something that I love for a living and not have to be involved in that type of drama. Yay for being independent.
Who do you think the most influential artist?
Michael Jackson. He’s the king of pop.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
Right now I am collaborating with Alex Luzcano. He’s toured with progressive rock bands such as The Fringe and Spock’s Beard.
How do you think you differ from other artists?
I want to be known as an artist who does not stick to just one genre. I want to tell stories with my music whether I write pop, soul, country, or rock. Right now I’m working on a progressive rock suite with Alex. It’s not my main genre but I don’t want my listeners to become fixed on just one sound. It’s because I’m influenced by different artists from different era’s and backgrounds. I want to show that in my music.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
This was a hard question because I want to collaborate with so many people. Right now I can say that it will be a dream of mine to collaborate with Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine. The Smeezingtons are one of my favorite music production groups. Those three together are just pure magic–no pun intended!
What was the first album you bought?
Aaliyah’s self titled album.
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Right now it’s Kesha “Praying.”
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
My CD’s I can let those go. my LP’s they stay with me.
What is your favorite saying?
Karma’s a bitch.
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
I enjoy reading, watching movies, dancing, and going to the gym.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
I have one tattoo on my left forearm. I plan on getting two more.
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
My upcoming project is finishing the recordings of my EP and starting a kickstarter for a music video for Saving Grace. Originally Saving Grace was going to be the lead single for the EP. Right now that is in the air. Saving Grace may be on it’s own, however, I still do plan on having a music video for the song because of it’s story. It still goes with the theme that I intend to do with with this project. The EP will be about overcoming fears, rejections, and letdowns from different areas in life and overcoming them. It’s also semi autobiographical. The goal of the EP is to be raw and honest about different types of emotions that a person goes through when they are dealing with changes in their life.
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
Making more music.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
Thank you for having me!