BuzzMusic presents Maeve Steele, a multi-talented powerhouse artist who is here to redefine commercial music. Born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area, California, Maeve Steele’s cocktail-pop sound is influenced by notable artists such as Etta James, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse As a gifted songstress and creative artist, Maeve’s extensive knowledge in music includes her becoming a classically trained violinist and learning to play the guitar and piano. Maeve's lyricism boasts raw vulnerability while maintaining an intense energy. Her debut single “Burn” had incredible success with mesmerizing, stripped down, authenticity. Out now, Maeve steal has released a dual single, “Maeve Steele-LP” to both challenge and galvanize the mainstream music scene.
Maeve Steele’s first single off the two track LP is titled “Real”. A fitting title for a track that hits hard and speaks the truth. Emotive lyrics lay out a poetic story for the listening as Maeve weaves her way through a raw and powerful performance. “Real” boasts Maeve’s ability to blend Hip-Hop, Soul and Pop to create a genre-bending new wave sound. Electronic instrumentals fused together flawlessly create a catchy and eclectic arrangement. Maeve gives the listener a retrospective look at her stirring thoughts. Her vocals possess an alluring melancholy similar to Amy Winehouse’s style of singing. Steele expertly delivers enlivening poetry that any listener can relate to. Her ability to connect with her fans in unmatched in today’s industry. Heartrending and authentic to the core “Real” stays true to it’s name. I highly recommend you check out this track and the second track off of the “Maeve Steele-LP” titled “Tourist”. Stay on the lookout for the explosive, up and coming Maeve Steele.
Check out "Real" and keep scrolling for our exclusive interview!
Hi Maeve, welcome to BuzzMusic! Can you tell our readers more about your upbringing and how you got started in the music industry?
I grew up in the Bay Area and music was a huge part of my upbringing, in both my community and my education. I started playing violin when I was about four, then started piano a few years later and taught myself guitar sometime in middle school. I loved to write anything - poems, stories, lyrics - and eventually the two merged. Songwriting became a way to process emotions and explore them, as cheesy as it sounds it was a way to make sense of the world. My songs were so personal that the idea of being an artist terrified me - my family or friends would beg me to play my songs and the prospect of performing them seemed so scary and invasive. That started to change when I got to college and realized that sharing my music was really the only way to grow, and it started to become something I really enjoyed. The transition from being someone who writes songs in their free time to being an artist was definitely the hardest part - I basically had to relearn how to write in a way that I could feel comfortable sharing songs with people and having the goal be to not only explore what I’m feeling but also to create something that would resonate with strangers.
We’re always interested in how artists convey their music. If you had to describe yours without using any specific genre names (ie: Pop) how would you describe it?
I think melancholic is a good way to describe my music. The silver linings or slight feelings of sadness are such a huge part of our everyday lives, and that's much more interesting to write about to me than times when I'm just feeling one thing. I like the idea of using sounds and lyrics to play off of each other in a way that resonates with experiences or emotions that aren’t necessarily black and white.
We love your track “Real”! Can you tell us more about the meaning behind it? What do you want your listeners to feel when they hear it?
When I wrote "Real" I was thinking a lot about how our perspectives so fundamentally shape our relationships. After a relationship ended, I felt like I was almost in a haze. All of the sudden, everything was different - my reality was different, and it felt like I basically had to get to know myself again. The song's about coping with that. I wanted to play with the dichotomy between that being a sad, lonely thing and also being freeing. I wanted “Real" to have a crying on the dance floor feel to it.
What challenges have you faced as an up and coming artist? How do you overcome those challenges?
So much of being an artist is putting yourself out there and promoting what you're doing. That doesn't leave a lot of room for self doubt or shyness. I'm still learning how to overcome those feelings, but I think a big part of it is realizing that not everything you create will be great, and that's okay. A lot of the importance comes from the process.
What inspired you everyday to keep writing and creating music?
I keep writing because it can be a way for me to gain some insight into my own life, as well as a way to connect and share that with other people.
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