Continuously sweeping listeners off their feet with his versatile pop music, singer-songwriter Don Mai releases a sweet-sounding and inspirational single entitled "Better."
Whether he's creating music on his guitar or piano, Don Mai promises to leave listeners with a sense of inner peace and clarity through each release. Inspired by acts like Juice Wrld, Lauv, Ed Sheeran, Jon Bellion, and Ryan Tedder, Don Mai is genuinely an act to keep your eye on.
Now releasing his light-hearted and lively single, "Better," Don Mai explores lyricism that touches on moving past the darkest days and back into the light where we all belong. The song's instrumentation is incredibly exhilarating, as it beams and strikes us with bright electric guitars, a tender piano, and crisp drum breaks.
Jumping into the single, "Better," the song opens with a bright electric guitar, delicate piano melodies, and tight drum arrangements that bring us into the heart of contemporary pop music. As Don Mai enters the song with his melodic and emotional vocal stylings, he begins to delve into lyrics that touch on feeling too restless and out of it to fall asleep at night.
As the song continues to develop in sound and lyricism, Mai jumps into more of a light-hearted and easy-listening feel through words of encouragement, getting any listener out of their negative mindsets and into a brighter place. As the song closes, Don Mai leaves us in an incredibly heartfelt trance while preparing our ears for more feel-good tracks like this in the future.
Remind yourself that it all gets "Better," with help from Don Mai's latest single, now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Thank you for joining us at BuzzMusic Don Mai. We highly appreciate the realistic and relatable lyrical theme within your recent inspirational single, "Better." What compelled or inspired you to write such a genuine and emotional single like this?
This is a song that comes purely from my personal experience. Like many other musicians, I wrote this song to let out my frustrations. I’m sure we’ve all had that one person that you do so much for and even through all your ups and downs you push through, but there just comes a point where you can’t keep pushing through anymore and it’s time to let go. If it’s meant to be it will be and if not, you’re no longer forcing what wasn’t and so things get better.
Did you compose and produce your single, "Better?" Or did you work with any session musicians or producers during this process?
I composed, produced, and recorded this single all in my lounge room at home. I like to say that I’m a jack of all trades but master of none. By mixing and mastering still has a long way to go through so I worked with my good friend Curtis Hatton from Studio truth to mix and master the track for me. He is a very talented producer who always adds the right spices to my tracks!
How did you create the sonics for "Better" to amplify the song's lyrical theme? How do the song's instrumentation and production correlate to your lyricism?
This is a very interesting question as I actually worked on the production and had the track produced first. I made this track during my online class with Ryan Teddar and really loved it. The vibe of the track suited the theme of how I was feeling at the time and everything glued together! As for how the instrumentation correlates with the lyricism, it’s all in the piano. The piano made the song sound a lot sadder than if I were to play the same part on an acoustic guitar.
Was it challenging to sit down and write such emotional lyrics for "Better?" Or was it easy to open up and let your heart speak?
I’m not a very expressive person when it comes to my emotions but when it comes to writing songs it just flows out naturally. I guess it’s because it feels like I’m just venting to myself and no one’s going to hear it but then I release the song and I’m past the point of how I felt so it doesn’t feel embarrassing or weird anymore.
What is your mission statement as an artist?
I am a singer/songwriter and producer who mainly focuses on pop but likes to fuse elements from others genres to create a unique mixture and turn it into my own sound. The purpose of my music is to show relatability and bring catchiness to my audience. To show that many of us go through the same thing or to remind my audience of a specific time where they have been through this same situation. As a musician, I love to evoke emotion within people while giving them a tune that is stuck in their heads.
What can listeners anticipate to hear next from you, Don?
I am planning on releasing two more singles this year, hopefully, 3. I’m grinding and taking my time on improving my craft and learning as I go. I’m very experimental with my songs at the moment as I am producing in many different genres so you can expect my songs to sound different with each single, while still staying true to my pop sound.