Veracious spoke with MAXON, the Mornington Peninsula based singer and songwriter. Make sure to follow her on social media for further updates about her music, shows, videos and more!
Interview by: Samantha Toy
Hi Maxon! How are you doing today?
Hi. Great, thanks.
Where did you get your stage name from?
A coffee cup.
When did you realize you wanted to be a singer and how did your family react when you told them you wanted to become a musician?
Haha, none of my family are musical so they were hesitant, but they’ve always been really supportive. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a singer. It was always just there!
You released a new single, History, earlier this month. How has the reaction been to it so far?
To be honest, I wish it was doing better but I’m really proud of it and we’ve had some wonderful feedback. It’s tough in Australia. I recently read a post from another local artist that said she felt the same. I hope they don’t mind me quoting them but it resonates with me a million times over. “…it’s difficult when you’re from a country who’s music industry hardly ever champions big voices or your kind of music” – WILSN. Her new single ‘Do This’ is gold. It’s a big fuck you to anyone who has told her what she should and shouldn’t be doing and even what she should be wearing! WILSN is a girl making it her own with way and creating her own path to get to where she wants to go. I feel like I’m doing this too. Be true to yourself and the music you’re making and if you feel good doing it then it shouldn’t matter what anyone thinks. Too often we base a release on what we think we’ll achieve from it instead of just making the god damn song and putting it out without expectations. That’s where I’m at now. I had an incredible single launch the other night, the room was full and although a small venue, everyone was there for me and I felt all the love in the world.
What was your favorite part of filming the music video for it?
Unleashing all my emotions at the end. I wish I had a version where we captured the audio from behind the scenes. I was creaming and yelling, it was great and very therapeutic.
Can fans expect an EP or album in the near future?
I think I’m going to stick to singles for a while. It’s a much less stressful process for me. Hopefully, do an album in a couple of years.
For you personally, what would you say is the most difficult part of being a singer? (Would you say it’s writers block, taking care of your voice, etc.)
Thank you for the reminder re taking care of voice!!!! This is something I’ve struggled with. I teach vocals so I feel like I understand a lot but teaching is also really hard on my voice. The gigs have slowed down for me at this point, on purpose so I can focus on other things, but as that picks up in the new year I will definitely need to take more care of myself. Your health, fitness and how much sleep you have is really important too. It’s not all late nights, beers and babes as the rock n roll lifestyle suggests haha. It’s really amazing to see how much I deteriorate when I’m not looking after myself and how my voice is affected.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world right now, who would it be?
You just played a performance at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne. How was the show?!
Sooooooo much fun. It was a beautiful show. Intimate and powerful with special guest performances from friends Ruby Gill, Eaglemont, Nussy, Magnets, Taylah Carroll and Cheryl Beattie. There was a lot of love in the room and it was probably one of the most special shows I’ve had in a long time.
What’s your favorite part of performing shows?
I just love singing for whoever will listen. So the entire show haha.
What can fans expect from you next year?
More music. More shows. Hopefully a few collabs – anyone keen? Thanks for having me!!!