Over 200m global streams, 5m views on YouTube, 3.5m monthly Spotify listeners and has a rapidly growing list of famous fans including global superstar Sam Smith, Lauv and Lewis Capaldi, 19 year old Maisie Peters really has made an impression on the music industry as a gifted observational lyricist with a distinctively delicate voice. We get talking about her new EP “It’s Your Bed Babe, It’s your Funeral” and music making.
What got you into music, what made you think “yeah that’s what I want to do, I want to be a musician!”
Honestly it’s a tie between the Taylor Swift ‘Love Story’ music video and starting a YouTube channel – that opened this whole world of music fans and makers (myself being both!) being able to share with each other and talk and love music together.
Who would you say inspires you, musically?
So many things! For example, I read a book recently called ‘The Rules of Everything’ by Ariel Levy which had a line in it that I found really inspiring and thought provoking, so I wrote a song called ‘You Can’t Get Everything’ where I put that message into my own life.
I feel like my new EP isn’t one big story, but an amalgamation of several little ones. It encompasses what it’s like to grow up as a young woman, but I like to think it looks at those quite classic themes and tries to attack it from some new angle. From example, my song ‘Take Care Of Yourself’ is, at its core, sort of a love song, however, when I wrote it, it was actually an ode to myself, willing myself to look after myself better. The world right now does not make it easy for kindness to thrive, so I like to think that song encourages people, if only for 3 minutes, to have a breath and like themselves a bit more.
What’s your songwriting process like? To add to this what song on the EP was the most fulfilling to write and that sends you back to certain moment?
My songwriting process is very spontaneous; I don’t plan a lot, and often it’s very subconscious and the words come before I really know what I mean or why I’m singing them. In this project actually quite a few songs came from titles that I had written down; for example I had the words ‘Personal Best’ in my notes because it was a game I used to play on holiday and always liked how the words sounded. Then I was writing with Oh Wonder and said the words to them, and the rest of the song fell totally unplanned but naturally around it.
How would you describe your sound to someone that hasn’t ever heard you before?
Emo girl pop is the term I’m trying to bring into the mainstream right now; I will let you know how that goes.
One by one can you tell me what each track on the EP is about?
‘This Is On You is’ about respecting yourself, ‘Adore You’ is infatuation, ‘Take Care of Yourself’ is kindness, ‘April Showers’ is female psychology, ‘Look At Me Now’ is a comedown in a song, and ‘Personal Best’ is real true forever kind of love / sisterhood.
What type of music do you enjoy listening to- what are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listening to the new Taylor album, I also love new Bon Iver, Stormzy, and the new Lana Del Ray stuff is insane. The new MUNA album too, oh my god, I saw them live and it was a spiritual experience. And a song called ‘High School’ by Alexander23 is on repeat right now, I wish I wrote it.
Who would you like to collaborate with if you ever get the chance to do it?
So many people! If I had to pick one, Regina Spector is a genius so I’d write with her.
How does it feel to get so many hits on something you’ve worked so hard on for most of your life- I can see you’ve had 175 million streams worldwide, that must be a big deal for you? To add to that, what would you say makes you strive for greatness?
Madness. Really true madness, I never thought that would be me. I’m just grateful all the time. It definitely motivates you to keep doing better and keep progressing. And that’s a big question, maybe seeing others succeed and the impact their music is able to have on so many people’s lives, mine included, and wanting to be part of people’s lives on a global scale in the same way.
Is there anything you’re doing in the future that we should be looking forward to?
I’m touring North America which is WILD. 10 dates! Should be a big emo girl pop party. And obviously my EP comes out in October which I’m buzzing for. Keep your eyes peeled is all I’m gonna say.
Maisie’s EP “It’s Your Bed Babe, It’s Your Funeral” is out on 4th October 2019
WORDS BY ROJAN SAID