Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Mauve and I am a singer & songwriter from Toronto, Canada. I give credit to Toronto for providing many outlets and opportunities to explore different styles of music through its vibrancy and the diversity of its people. From the age of 14, I started writing my own song and taught myself how to play the piano and guitar. I gradually started to make my own demos and posted them online to share them with people, and it was so rewarding getting feedback for what I was making on my own, which led me to start networking with other artists. Now I have released several singles and have an EP coming out soon, and I’ve been so grateful for the growing support from the music scene. People always tell me they are surprised by my voice when they first hear me sing because they don’t expect it to come out of such a small frame.
How did you first get into music?
I have always been a big fan of musicals as a young girl, and couldn’t believe the amount of hard work and creativity that was put into them to pull them off. I was so moved by the way the vocalists were able to convey such strong emotions in their performances, and to me, singing became such an effective way to show others how you were feeling and have them relate to it. When I started writing my own songs I found it so freeing to express how I was feeling and translate it into melodies and lyrics. It was just something that clicked with me and I wanted to use this tool as a way to share my own personal stories.
How would you describe your musical style?
I really enjoy blending different musical styles to create a fusion of new sounds. Most of my songs have an electro-RnB sound to them. I am also a fan of the “dark pop” genre because I feel like it delivers a good amount of depth and intensity.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Close”?
My inspiration for this song began when I was putting together a tropical drum beat on my Cubase software program. Justin Timberlake was in Toronto for a concert and I guess my mindset was in the romantic/hip hop mood that he is known for. I wanted to create a beat that was subtle but still had a lot of intensity charged into it, like a fire that is building up. I was comparing the energy of love to a growing fire because the energy that a person emits attracts you and it spreads like a wildfire. And that’s why I said a feeling like that cannot feel close enough because you want it to completely come over you. I imagined the scene of watching the embers in a fire start to glow, and that’s like the magic that is birthed through that special connection with someone. I wanted to have the song in a chilled-out style, but still incorporate tribal elements into it to reflect the atmosphere of sitting in front of a fire as the sun goes down. The lyrics and harmonies that I have layered throughout the song also represent that hypnotizing and mysterious power that a fire has over you, but it is also something that is a source of warmth and life. The lyrics “Anything this good cannot be close enough” creates that sense of urgency of wanting to be with that person right now, because it is a passionate feeling that consumes you.
What can audiences expect from your “Palette” EP?
I wanted to call this EP Palette because I feel like this collection of songs is an embodiment of different emotions and experiences, like the different colours you experience in life. I have always been a lover of all forms of art because, to me, there is no limit for what can inspire somebody. Of course, the musical form of art is what stuck with me the most, but visual arts is another form that can express emotions through colour and shape. I see sound as having the ability to express feelings and connect people through the different colours of tone as well. When creating a song, it is like you are an artist with a paintbrush, combining different colours together and layering them to set a scene for someone else to imagine. It’s like you are painting but with sounds. I also drew the connection of Palette to the vocal palate, which is an essential part of the mouth that is used for singing. With Palette, I hope to create an expression of music that people can visualize and evoke different feelings from just as a painting would. I am not one to create a song that is dull or meaningless to me, so that is why I want all of my work to feature splashes and pops of colours that sparks life and creativity to those who are listening.
Do you have any live shows coming up? What’s the audience experience like when they see you live?
I will be performing at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto on Friday, November 8th. I love engaging with a crowd and building a connection so that they can be moved by the music just as much as I am. The ability to connect with a crowd and have drawn in on you in such an open and honest environment is something that is so fulfilling about music.
What’s next for your career?
With the release of my new EP coming up, I am also going to be creating more music videos along with my releases. I love the combination of various forms of art such as design and dance, and consider how these different forms will work into a piece of music I’m composing. I recently released my first music video for my song Close, so I am excited to continue to keep exploring those visual effects with music.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
My advice would be to just get involved in everything. You learn a lot through those experiences and there is no better teacher than experience. Enrolling in lessons are extremely helpful to learn about areas where you can grow that you didn’t even know existed. Having that disciplined routine goes a long way because practice is what really helps you notice a difference in you developing your skill-set. It’s important to find an instructor that you feel you are always gaining knowledge from with every lesson. Some instructors may not work on your individual strengths/weaknesses and just apply a “one-size-fits-all” session. Every musician is different and you have to find the methods that fit well with you and what helps support your passion more.
What’s your life like outside of music?
To stay active in between performing music, I really enjoying doing activities such as yoga and biking. I am also a big dog person and have a Shih Tzu named Molly.
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