Maya Jane Coles - young, talented and really cool! The 23-year old London girl has made herself a name in the electronic music scene within a short time. And lately she has done a sensational BBC Essential mix. But there is no time to relax for Maya- she always comes up with new ideas and doesn´t even have the time to realize all of them.
Maya´s first and biggest love is music. But visual art and photography are her other passions. “I often use photography as part of the process creating my ideas, and also just to document my life and the places I’ve been.”
For C-Heads she has created a collage with a few impressions that emerged from the last weeks of her Japan tour. We think it´s really great that the guys from Club Pompadour have invited her to come to the Viennese Flex on the 11.10. and we will for sure rock the dancefloor with her!
Maya Jane Coles- jung, talentiert und wirklich cool! Die 23-jährige Londonerin hat sich innerhalb kürzester Zeit einen Namen in der elektronischen Musikszene gemacht. Und vor kurzem hat sie dann auch noch einen sensationellen BBC Essential Mix hingelegt. Aber sich darauf auszuruhen kommt für Maya nicht in Frage- immer wieder hat sie neue Ideen und gar nicht genug Zeit diese alle umzusetzen. Ihre größte Liebe ist die Musik. Visuelle Kunst und Photographie sind ihre anderen Leidenschaften. ” Oft verwende ich Photographie als einen Teil des kreativen Prozesses meine Ideen umzusetzen und auch um mein Leben und die Orte an denen ich gewesen bin zu dokumentieren.”
Für C-Heads hat sie eine Collage erstellt von einigen Eindrücken, die in ihren letzten Wochen während ihrer Japan-Tour entstanden sind. Wir freuen uns richtig, dass die Jungs von Club Pompadour sie am 11.10. ins Wiener Flex holen und wir werden ganz bestimmt mit ihr den Dancefloor rocken!
Hello Maya, how are you and where are you at the moment?
I’m great thanks, in London right now, spending the next few days catching up with production work. It’s a rare treat these days to actually have a chunk of time with no interruptions to purely focus on making music.
Congratz, are you really proud of your first BBC Essential Mix?
Yes I feel honoured to have been asked to do the Essential Mix. I definitely felt the pressure!
What did you grow up listening to?
My first passion was 90′s Hip Hop and R&B in my early teens. That got me into making music. I then got into Drum & Bass and Trip Hop and listened to everything from Rock and Indie to electronica. I got into House and Techno in my later teens. My household music was super eclectic when I was growing up. My parents listened to everything from Dub to Jazz and Blues to Punk to soul and classical so I was lucky to be exposed to such diverse music from a young age.
Where’s the best place to party in London?
It totally varies depending on what you’re into. I have various favourite places all for different reasons. That’s what’s great about London, there are so many different scenes. There’s always something for every one and for every occasion.
Besides music you love photography – could you give up one for the other?
I love visual art in general. I enjoy painting, illustrating and creating digital artwork. I often use photography as part of the process creating my ideas, and also just to document my life and the places I’ve been. Music has always been my first passion though and I could never give that up for anything.
What is a perfect picture in your eyes?
Something that captures a special moment, time or place. Something that provokes or captures emotion. I’m always attracted to bold vibrant colours and a lot of abstract stuff.
How do you keep yourself constantly inspired?
I’m always busy and trying to do a million things at once so I always end up having more ideas than time to actually execute them. I guess that keeps me inspired cause it keeps my mind constantly flowing full of ideas. Constant travelling and seeing new places also keeps me inspired.
5 Things you cannot live without?
family, friends, music
In 5 years- where do you see yourself?
I’m only a small part of the way into my career and still have a long long way to go till I’m anywhere near where I wanna be in the long run. I want to be respected as an universal artist. It’s easy to get stuck in one scene but I get so bored just doing one thing. I wanna make sure that people know me for all the styles of music that I make. I love creating everything from underground niche stuff to much more widely accessible song based music. Nobody ever said pop music had to be generic and shit. It’s my aim to produce music that has the potential to be enjoyed by the masses whilst still staying true to myself and doesn’t compromise my artistic integrity.
Any last words…?
Stay positive :)
Interview by Christine Guggenberger