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Maggie Lindemann On Her New Single “Would I” & What’s Next: Interview

Maggie Lindemann is a reputation you might want to be accustomed to. The 20-year-old is on the fast-track to superstardom, and she or he has the belongings to again that declare up. Though she has but to drop an album, she voiced one of many best-selling singles of 2017 – the infectious “Pretty Girl.” A Cheat Codes-assisted remix of the anthem amassed greater than 468 million streams on Spotify. And it was not a one-off. She adopted it up with the barbed “Obsessed,” which has been streamed in extra of 40 million occasions. Final month, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter dropped “Human.” The eerie monitor feels extra private than something she has launched earlier than – a development that continues with the revealing of “Would I.”

Out immediately (November 16), Maggie’s newest is a stripped-back ballad that addresses her private experiences with melancholy. “‘Would I’ is about the inner struggles you face when dealing with mental illness, mine being depression for this song,” she defined in a press launch. What do these struggles entail? “Not feeling good enough, not feeling like you deserve love or happiness. Struggling with how to find yourself and trying to find happiness in substances. Going out every night to forget real life or even forget your name.” All of her internal emotions are laid naked as she gently coos over the somber manufacturing. The top result’s hauntingly lovely and carries an necessary message. “I want people to realize mental health IS very serious. People need to stop being so hard on each other and start loving on each other.”

Earlier this week I had a chance to talk with Maggie concerning the confessional launch, which she revealed is her favourite track but. She shared some perception into how the monitor matches into her discography and in addition opened up about what to anticipate subsequent. Together with her debut EP tentatively set for launch in early 2019, massive issues are on the horizon. And the “Things” siren has by no means felt extra represented by her music. On the price issues are going, that is by far certainly one of my most anticipated releases for the subsequent yr.

Press play on “Would I” earlier than diving into our unique interview under!

By the point this interview goes up, “Would I” might be out! How do you are feeling now as you await Friday to return?

I’m actually excited. I’ve been sitting on this track for like a yr now. So, I’m simply actually excited for it to return out. It’s one in every of my favourite songs I’ve ever finished. I’m actually, actually wanting ahead to it. I’m actually nervous, too.

I feel this track is considered one of my favourite songs of yours, too. For quite a lot of causes. A type of is that it feels so trustworthy and private to you.


Are you able to speak a bit concerning the inspiration behind it?

Properly, I simply get actually dangerous seasonal melancholy. So final yr I used to be going by way of it fairly dangerous. And I used to be simply dealing quite a bit with like melancholy. And these have been the emotions I used to be feeling. I principally simply wrote them down. It’s actually straight from me. It’s straight from my mind. It’s straight from my emotions. It simply means lots to me.

Manufacturing clever, “Would I” feels extra in keeping with “Things,” which is one other favourite of mine. Is that this stripped-back path one thing you’re thinking about exploring extra shifting ahead?

No, I don’t assume so. I feel that I really like doing stripped down stuff, and I’ll all the time do this. However I need to truly add extra guitar and drums and have an actual band. I like that sound. I really like like rock music so I need to incorporate the guitar and all that type of stuff into my music.

Ought to we perhaps be prepared for a stay model that has extra manufacturing on “Would I” sooner or later? Is that one thing you’d wish to see?

Probably. We’ve been working so much with a band and it’s going to be actually cool. Undoubtedly come to a reside present should you can.

I’d like to. You’ll have to return by Cleveland.

Oh sure, undoubtedly.

Speaking about “Human” and “Would I,” with each songs being so private, what was it like engaged on them? Was there ever a second the place you have been writing and needed to carry again or did it really feel good to only let go of every little thing?

It was fairly scary at first. I feel once you’re first in a room with anybody and also you’re doing something, the preliminary telling your emotions and letting everybody know what’s happening with you is actually scary. Since you don’t all the time know the individuals or it’s identical to uncomfortable for anybody to only speak about their deepest and darkest emotions. I feel it was like scary however as soon as it acquired out and as soon as the music was completed it was so value it. As a result of I’m simply so obsessive about it. With each of them. It was actually value it on the finish.

Do you could have a video within the works for “Would I?”

Sure. I do. So we simply recorded it. It’s superb. I feel that is simply general my favourite track I’ve executed. Like track, video, all of it. It’s simply so good. The director we labored with for the video is identical one from “Human.” And it got here out actually cool. These movies are each sick.

With “Human” there was a topical twist on it with Halloween. Ought to we anticipate one thing extra alongside these strains or was that simply because the timing was so good with the discharge date?

I feel “Would I” has its moments. However, no. I feel the “Human” video is certainly stuff you’re going to see from me extra. As a result of it’s sort of the identical as “Obsessed.” It’s type of a darkish vibe. I feel that’s simply me. So I feel that’s all the time going to type of be the vibe. However for “Would I” we type of went a bit little bit of a special route and gave it like a bit of little bit of an previous school-ish look. It’s actually cool. It’s actually colourful although. It’s not tremendous darkish. It’s cool. It’s gonna be totally different.

Do you might have a tough concept on the discharge date for that but?

Yeah. It’s popping out on the finish of the month. I’m not going to provide a precise date but. It’s popping out on the finish of the month. Shortly after the track comes out. So hold an eye fixed out.

You’re engaged on an EP proper now, proper?


Ought to we anticipate “Obsessed” or “Pretty Girl” to be on it, or will it’s all the brand new materials that you simply’ve been engaged on?

Probably. It’s going to be plenty of the brand new materials. However probably I’ll throw in a bit previous one. Only for previous occasions’ sake. It’s a number of new stuff however probably some previous stuff.

There’s all the time time for nostalgia. How would you describe the remainder of the music that you simply’ve been engaged on recently? You’ve talked about extra of a rock affect. Will that be extra current?

Yeah. I feel it’s. It’s extra “me” feeling. I really feel like all through my music time I’ve began to return into myself. So I feel the brand new stuff goes to have much more Ska, rock influences. Much more guitar, and much more of those sounds that you simply haven’t heard from me but. It’s going to be totally different, however I feel it’s going to be actually cool. I’m tremendous excited.

I used to be going to ask who has been inspiring you recently, nevertheless it sounds such as you’re being actually impressed by your self in a way.

Yeah. I’m actually impressed on my own. The issues I’m going by way of is what evokes me and drives me and makes me need to be higher. That’s all the time a tough query when individuals ask me who evokes me as a result of I feel just like the experiences in life simply actually encourage me. However I imply there are artists too. Like Lana evokes me so much and Jhené Aiko. And No Doubt. Individuals like that. Those that speak about actual stuff however in a cool approach.

Wanting again, do you assume that is the path you noticed your self shifting in? Or are you pleasantly stunned by the best way issues are going musically.

By no means. I’m stunned, however in a great way. Once I first began within the early starting, I assumed I used to be going to do issues like “Things.” I assumed “Things” was going to be my factor. I like the best way issues are going as a result of I really feel like I’m coming extra into myself. “Would I” isn’t actually accomplished up. You recognize, it’s nonetheless ethereal and angelic. And I feel I’ll all the time incorporate that however I feel now it’s simply… I’m myself now. So I’m doing issues which might be type of crazier and really feel extra like me.

That’s superior. I can’t wait to listen to extra of the album. Is there a track that you’ve that you simply’re most excited for individuals to listen to shifting ahead?

I’m actually excited for “Would I.” I’ve simply been sitting on it for therefore lengthy so I’m actually, actually excited. However there’s additionally one other music popping out after “Would I” that I’m actually, actually enthusiastic about too.

What do you have got deliberate for the remainder of the yr? Ought to we anticipate extra new music earlier than 2019?

Probably. We’re engaged on the EP popping out at first of subsequent yr. I don’t know if we’ll put out one thing else earlier than the brand new yr as a result of we now have a much bigger venture popping out after. However perhaps. Probably. I imply if we determine on that. Every little thing’s sort of sporadic so it’d occur.

This yr you shared a stage with Troye Sivan and Khalid. Who’s another person you want to carry out with within the close to future?

I don’t know. I feel I’ve such all kinds of music tastes. I really like individuals like Tyler, The Creator or like Billie Eilish and Lana and Jhené. Anybody like that may be sick. I don’t know – anybody. I might be so grateful to carry out with anybody. I simply love… Like going with Khalid and assembly Troye, it was so enjoyable assembly different people who find themselves doing the identical factor as you and are so profitable. It’s identical to such a cool expertise.

What would you say has been the spotlight of your yr?

Happening tour with The Vamps was so sick. Going to Japan with Khalid was so superb. And it was on an air base in order that was actually an expertise too.

What would you say your largest aim can be musically?

I need to go alone tour and do rather well. And in addition I simply need to make music that I actually love that feels real to me. I by no means need to steer off that path of simply real and being myself.

Do you assume there could possibly be a tour subsequent yr?

Yeah. Undoubtedly that’s what I’m engaged on.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to speak to me.

Yeah in fact thanks.

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