Well, thank you for opening up to us! I would like to hear about your experiences during the pandemic; did you discover something about yourself you didn’t know before?
I have been with myself and my thoughts most of the time, and this was a big confrontation for me. To be honest, for the biggest part of the pandemic I haven’t been feeling that well. I think, because there was this general fear amongst everyone. I tried to distract myself by learning to play the piano, the guitar, and the drums but unfortunately, I am also not very disciplined (I’m working on it, really). So for the first three weeks, I was like: „yeah, I will be so fucking talented after the pandemic’’. Well, let me tell you, it didn’t exactly go the way how I had it in mind. But I still want to become better at playing the piano and the guitar, even if it would only be for understanding music theories better. And next to that, lately, I’ve found comfort in being on my own. I even became a little bit anxious about social gatherings since it’s possible again to meet with more people. But I think many experience this as well. It’s totally okay to say that you don’t feel like it tonight, I don’t even make excuses anymore, if I don’t want to hang out with friends.
I can relate, no need for excuses anymore!
So, I know your real name is Phoebe de Beer; why are you presenting yourself as Maya Mae?
Not all the songs that I write are me, if you understand me? I want to have a certain distance between me as an artist, and myself. Because, when you see me in my videos, I want everything to be on point. I want my styling to be on point, my make-up should be on point, everything needs to be perfect and fitting to the music I make. But when you see me walking in the streets, I almost look like the opposite. I just feel that Phoebe is very different to Maya Mae, and I think it’s important to create a distance between these two, just to stay grounded and close to myself.
Would you say Maya Mae is your alter ego?
Yes, you could say that! As I said, I want to have a certain distance between Phoebe and Maya to stay close to myself. People think it’s just a stage name, but for me, it’s more than that.