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intriguing interviews (#II002): Brave

it’s friday & we’re back with part two on the ‘intriguing interview’-section. while we planned to release this article on the last wednesday, we were somehow bogged down thanks to life.

it’s not that we are goin’ to complain about it, but in fact, if you do something on a weekly basis, do not wonder if u do not have time for it for like two or three times in a year. that’s a natural thing that occurs to everyone who has to deal with job routines, life, college or other daily must-do’s.

so, as we’re proud to have some time, we’d like to focus on the main thing of this article here: the interview. as we’d like to say that we love to show you the human side of music, we’re proud to present a Q/A with one of our first featured artists on this site, sydney-based electronic artist ‘Brave’.

we stumbled over this gifted musician over a year ago, where we felt obliged to write about him & the project. in the meanwhile, Maia did a lot of things, writin’, performin’ (like being a part of this year’s line up of ‘One Night Stand’, which is a concert series that is held annually by the famous national radio station in Australia, ‘Triple J’) & evolvin’ both as a musician & human being.

introduction done, it’s about time to start with the interview:

first of all, it’s a pleasure to have you as a part of this new series. not only that you’re one of the first artists that we ever featured on our site, but also because of the intensity & dedication you put in the project. for those ones, who have never heard about you, could you do a brief introduction?

my name is Maia, i’m comin’ from sydney & i’ll go under the artist alias ‘Brave’. furthermore, i’m the guy ‘Mick Jones’ is talking about in ‘Foreigner’s’ ‘Juke Box Hero’.

how did u come to the music?

to make it chronically, i first started with drawing, then over a period of video-gamin’, i finally stumbled over ‘eJay’ (for those who never heard about that, it’s a music production software, based on sequencin’, where you can mix up with samples of famous tunes or do your own production). with the time passin’ by, i tried out other DAWs, such as ‘Cubase’, ‘Fruity Loops’ & the current one i’m workin’ with, ‘Logic’.

what is the meaning behind your artist name?

well my name is Maia. Maia is the maori word for ‘Brave’.

what do you try to convey while writing/composing/producing your projects?

there’s a weird spot between being vulnerable and being tough, thats where the magic for me is, both in music & life.

is your music about artistry – to convey feelings, express yourself, transmit ideas or impressions?

my music is a completely selfish attempt at expressing and self medicating my own personal vulnerable moments.

let’s talk about one of your recent releases called ‘Real Love’ – how did it happen? just a coincidence or were you writing the song for a period?

Real Love’ has been composed with only three chords. lyrically, it’s just a list of things i heard my partner said: when she left me, when she missed me, and then when she took me back. we’re not together anymore.

could you tell us something about your past?

i grew up in the housing commission, served in the military, got glassed, built a house and survived a tornado.

wow, this sounds like life, with all the up’s & down’s you can barely imagine. as we love to concentrate now more on the present & on the future, could you tell us something about ‘Brave’s’ future?

well, for example: find a home for my hundred half-finished demos. or, finish painting dave’s house, get a few teeth extracted, print clare’s face on a t-shirt & stop daesh.

personally, do you believe that is it nowadays possible to do music for living?

yes, but not for all of us. especially me.

maybe or maybe not, the future will tell. not only because you can’t tell how it will be, but also due the fact that the art you create will get more recognition (we can feel that). anyway, could you tell us about your dream collaboration & how it may sound like?

my dream collaboration would be to write a song for ‘Meg Mac’ (for those ones who never heard about her, she is one of the alternative, r&b singer songwriters from Australia that you have to put on your watch-list.)

that has been the official part of the interview, yet as we’d like to show the ‘human side’, we did allow to add a section into the section (oh hell, that sounds like something created by the illuminati, huh?), which we just named: ‘Solar’s R/Vapid Ten’. this sec-into-section contains vapid questions, which can be answered by the interviewed artist voluntarily.

so, let’s see ‘Brave’s’ answers:

your favorite vegetable?
faux bacon.

your favorite food?
real bacon.

banana or apple?
morning banana, evening apple.

strawberry or cucumber?
no, thanks.

disney or warner bros?
disney, because women as lead roles and racial diversity.

mickey mouse or deadmau5?

i would not be a musician, if…
i died in a spelunking accident.

if i would start right now with the music…,
i would be making music.

if i would be a car…,
a thales hawkei height protected wheeled armored vehicle.

if I would be an animal…,
i’m a wolf.

follow BRAVE:
on facebook
on soundcloud

be sure to check all the updates of this astonishin’ musician from down-under, his posts on facebook, like his pictures on instagram, give him a follow, listen to ‘What About Me?’ & put him on the watch-list. oh & don’t forget to eat some bacon.

le fin..
..oh btw

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