Maika Makovski - Interviews - Soundblab

Maika Makovski

Whole Lotta Love

If you haven't already heard the name Maika Makovski being whispered your way, you soon will. When she was just 12-years-old, Maika was already writing songs and at 15 gained major recognition after winning a prestigious local music contest judge by members of Sony Music. She oozes a cool, fresh and numbingly talented energy that sits comfortably in her debut album Maika Makovski and explodes in her live shows, where she demonstrates that her ability to grab an audience knows no limits of style and power.

The first single off the album, 'Lava Love', seems to have the ability to make you feel like you're out in the desert. Steady bass and drums run hand-in-hand with her encapsulating voice and some innovative guitar. Having lived in New York and Barcelona, Maika stays true to both sides of the Atlantic and diverse sounds picked up from both cities that are not too dissimilar to if Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds had a jam with Yeah Yeah Yeahs on a raft somewhere, can be heard on the debut single as well as the rest of the album.

To summarise, 'Lava Love' is rife with a new sound that's worth lending an ear to, the live show buzzes with an energy that I haven't seen for a while and everything about Maika sings taste. You won't be disappointed by this incredible new talent that fuses Blues and Rock with style and ease.

I caught up with Maika at The Water Rats in London where she played her last show in the UK before taking off of for America to play a gig in the windy-city, then South by South-West festival in Austin, Texas.

Firstly, how're you finding London?

I'm having a great time. I expected it to be less welcoming that it has been but everybody's been really receptive to our music and I feel really rewarded.

Why did you expect people in London to be less welcoming?

I don't know. Perhaps because I'm a little superstitious and although I'm not pessimistic I tend to prepare myself for the worst, I have a superstition with humility. I work at what I do daily and it's nice to be appreciated.

Why is music and playing shows important to you?

That's a good question. I guess it's important to me because I cannot stop doing it. I talk to my friends who are in the business and sometimes we think about what we'd do if we weren't in music. I'd be happy being an ice-cream maker or something like that (laughs). I can't help but thinking back to music, it's something essential to me.

Well music's a very important thing.

I think so; the world would be silent without it.

And a lot less welcoming... Lava Love is a brilliant single. I would say it carries a very bluesy, desert feel. What kind of influences can we hear in it?

Well when I was recording the album I was listening to things that you can't really hear in it. Stuff like Cha Cha Cha. Some jazz like, Dinah Washington . Then after I finished recording the album I started getting into Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Tom Waits, I kind of like the 'ramshackle' feel to them and the darkness.

Well there are certainly a lot different sounds in there, it's a great record.

Thank you. I try to take things from lots of different places. I feel like I don't have any roots because I was born in Mallorca, my dad is Macedonian, my mum is Andaluzian, I've lived in New York, I've lived in The Alps and that's made me feel like I can draw experience from anywhere because I don't feel like I'm from a specific place.

Being so well travelled and having lived in so many different places how does that help you to write?

It feels like new oxygen every time I'm in a new place. Breathing new air is very important in making music because you have to feed the animal that creates. I'm always very excited about being in a new place and that shows when I start writing.

Obviously you're off to Chicago tomorrow, what's the reception of your music like over in The States compared to in Europe?

Well we've only played two shows in America; we played really small venues and didn't have much publicity so we couldn't really tell what the reaction was like. If you want I can tell you when I come back (laughs). We're going to be playing bigger venues over there this time.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Well I'm definitely not taking it easy. After I finished the album a year ago I was looking for management and keeping busy. That's where all the action is, in the interaction.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at The Water Rats later. What can people expect from your live show?

Thank you. I feel like there's something that happens. We cease to be four people playing and it's like a machinery cloud and we just fuse together. I guess that's energy.

I think that's a good way of viewing your music, seeing it as energy is powerful.

Well we're just tools for the songs.

I wish you the best of luck for the future.

Thank you so much.

Jake Attree

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