Share your life story with us.
During my teens, I would beg my dad to go clothe shopping miles away, on mini adventures to the countryside, or just anywhere far enough for us to drive. I was obsessed with my dad’s CD collection, and I knew by going on long car journeys I would have the chance to rummage through them for hours. His collection featured artists such as Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse, Bob Dylan, and Fats Domino. Each artist revealing such vulnerability within their expression and lyricism that I couldn’t help but fall in love with their stories (never sell your CD collection dad). This is when I realized my love for music.
My mum, Felicity Kally, has always been so supportive in regards to my music career; she saw my love for music and despite my self-doubt, insisted I apply for piano lessons. When I finally began piano lessons I was ecstatic. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support Mummy and I hope I will always make you proud! I soon began vocal lessons, and within two years I was fortunate enough to complete my Musical Theatre and Classical voice qualification. In 2015 I began my degree at Leeds College of Music studying Jazz, in which my vocal teacher referred to my smile as the ‘jazz smile’.
List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
My mum, Felicity Kally has always been a huge support system for me, as well as an extremely honest critic. She has not only given me the confidence to pursue a career as a musician but also encouraged me every step of the way, and helped me to understand situations where I’m feeling overwhelmed or emotionally drained. Thank you so much!
Jade Kally, my loving and supportive sister has such a beautiful mind. Honestly, without Jade Kally and Felicity Kally, I wouldn’t be in the stable mindset that I am currently in.
Ray Kally, my dad. Thank you daddy for introducing me to such amazing, passionate, and vulnerable artists throughout my childhood. These artists have now influenced my sound and perspective of the music I create and will continue to create.
Cameron Fox the producer and Album art genius behind “Another Time”. Cameron has helped me with the production of “Another Time” so much, as well as being the photographer behind the Artwork. I can’t thank Cameron Fox enough; he is amazing at what he does and will definitely go far in his musical career.
I would like to thank my amazing band for gigging and recording “Another Time”, you guys are awesome, thank you! Kieran Halpin – Bassist. Emil Karlsen – Drums. Lewis Downs – Electric Guitar.
I’d like to thank the amazing choreographers and dancers performing in the music video of “Another Time”, they are exceptionally talented! Dancers include Jasmine Christine Søgaard Gordon and Kate Forster. Choreographers include Imogen Molly Reeve and Marie Sophie Kohl. Thank you! Cinematographer: Macaulay Jones.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
I actually recorded the vocals to “Another Time” in my living room in Leeds. I often get very tense when I record; I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I always want everything to go smoothly. This probably doesn’t help my performance but it’s just how my body reacts. However, I really enjoyed recording my band in the studio; I would intently listen to what they were playing and ask them to tweak certain elements in order to emphasize specific lyrics and climactic sections of the tune.
In regards to touring and gigs, I try and gig as much as possible, I love performing, it’s such an intimate experience. This is what I want to do as a career so I try and take advantage of the gigging, recording sessions, interviews, and rehearsals as much as I can.
Go into detail about your songwriting process.
The songs I perform and release tend to be songs that come most naturally when songwriting. In an ideal world, I’d love to only write songs when I have something to say, however, to improve as a songwriter this can be quite unrealistic. Writing for me is an outlet; it’s a form of therapy, whether it may be deemed as healthy or unhealthy therapy. I often see it as a blessing and a curse. With “Another Time”, I woke up from a dream with the chorus melody in my head, this only happens a few times. I usually write a song by composing the chords on piano or guitar; I will then begin to write the lyrics. Before writing a song I will get an internal feeling to write, sometimes not knowing what I want to write about but knowing I need some sort of external release. When I use this method of writing, I am most happy.
Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
I am currently in the process of planning the recording of my EP!!! As well as recording a live session for a song that I am extremely proud of. The song addresses harrowing experiences that are still happening within people’s lives, experiences I feel are exceedingly important to bring up in conversation.
Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
As a musician, I feel it is extremely important to be personable with your listeners, as a result, I try to include videos of me simply speaking to the camera and saying thank you and I am constantly thinking of authentic meaningful ways to say thank you. However, there are only so many times you can say thank you through social media, as a result, I am planning something a little more intimate, potentially a special gig including some free goodies… Without people supporting and listening to my music, there would be no sense of realism towards having a career in music.
Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
I don’t often feel as though I want to give up on a career in music. However, I definitely have times where I’m completely run down; feel isolated, and starting to get ill. These are the times where I contemplate whether I am happy doing what I do. The end goal for me is to be happy, so when I am not I really look into working on the aspects that are making me feel less stable. But I definitely think feeling emotionally stable comes with balancing out your time, ensuring there is a good relationship between work and play.
Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
As a vocalist I don’t struggle too much with melody, I often take influence from artists I am listening to at the time. I think it’s very important to ensure the melody helps develop a song, whether it is a simple melody that emphasizes the monotonous structure and meaning behind the tune or a complex melody that is extremely interesting and spontaneous for the listeners. The melody holds such importance to a song’s success; it is extremely rare that a song will be successful without a well-developed or catchy melody.
Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.
Music licensing is a process that ensures the musician/ songwriter gets compensation for their tune when it is aired or performed in any musical setting.
Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
On social media, I’d say the best way to get in touch with me is Facebook – Maya Kally Music and Instagram – Maya Kally_Music.
Give us the links to your various stores.
Tell us your favorite genre of music.
I generally listen to and love all genres. It’s so much more interesting that way! Although, I don’t listen to much rock and metal music.
Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
If you had asked me this question a few months ago, I would have said lust, romance, and unrequited love. However, I am writing more and more about family structure and past experiences that have affected the way I am today. Often about other people’s experiences as well. One of my songs talks about pedophilia and sexual assault, whilst my other songs speak about abandonment and then another about improving as a person and accepting. I want to be more diverse with my songwriting…
Tell us all we need to know about this song.
“I always said I wouldn’t be the kind of artist that wrote love songs, but what you gonna do!”
My Debut Single “Another Time” is a raw depiction of those uncontrollable emotions you feel towards someone; you wish for them to disappear and it hurts more than anything when they don’t. “Another Time” is extremely personal to me, it was a series of events that occupied my thought process for a long period of time and still sometimes do. When I realized the situation was completely over between myself and this other person, I wrote “Another Time”.
My debut single was written two and a half weeks after having throat surgery. I shouldn’t have been singing, heck I shouldn’t have even been out of bed, but it felt so natural to write “Another Time”. It was everything I was feeling at the time. These sorts of situations teach you so much about yourself, they challenge you and force you to grow. Now when I read the lyrics to “Another Time”, I realize they are as much about my own actions as they are about her actions.
Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.
Digital distribution and streaming are great, they give artists an easier way to have a platform and release their music. However, it is extremely difficult to make a profit from the music you release through digital distribution and streaming. The amount of musicians that have spent hundreds or thousands of pounds on releasing their music and earned less than 10% of what they paid back is ridiculous.
Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.
Um, I would say gigging, however; you can often not get a lot of money from certain venues as well as having to spend a lot of money on transport and time. If you are successful I would say touring and digital distribution sales will lead to increased revenue. However, if you are new to the music scene, gigging, teaching and private tuition are good ways to obtain a career as a musician.
Tell us your thought on self-training and going to an educational institution to study music.
My experiences at Leeds College of Music have been amazing, stressful, eye-opening, and extremely supportive. The facilities at this music university are amazing, I am so fortunate to be able to use them. However, it can be extremely stressful and led me to become extremely ill last year. It can be difficult to try and maintain a healthy social life, with your solo/group projects as well as University work. However, independence has taught me so much about myself, especially regarding what I want to peruse in life and how to work in order to achieve this.
Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
I don’t think anyone truly knows how to write a hit song, I didn’t write “Another Time” thinking I have to write a hit song or hoping to (not that it is a hit song). However, there is a commonly used structure and subscribed melody to a successful pop song which Andrew West talks in-depth about in his book, ‘The Art of Songwriting’. For me, the songs I am most proud of are the ones that hold meaning to them that I can repeatedly perform at gigs and still experience that initial emotion I felt whilst writing it.
Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.
Ohh! That would be so amazing! I’d ensure I was able to record and mix in this studio, making sure it was fully equipped with production gear. As well as having a full band arrangement so I can practise, record and write music with every instrument.
Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.
I think it’s very important to be your natural self whilst performing live, I would never try and put on a performance front, this would make me feel uncomfortable causing the audience to feel uncomfortable. I often talk to the audience as though I am talking to a friend, be extremely personable, and most importantly I have a good time. I love performing live because I have so much fun doing it. Even if some of my tunes are not the happiest of songs.
List your five favorite songwriters.
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Describe in detail how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.
It’s so great hearing my song on the radio; it emphasizes the realism of releasing your music. Someone in another country may be sitting down for diner, ideally listening to my song. Or someone else may respond to it the way I sometimes respond to new music I hear on the radio; frantically trying to find the song online.
Describe your best mood to write a song.
There’s not really any specific mood I look to write in, I know the moods in which I don’t like to write songs. However, I like to be by myself, locked away in my room, or in the piano room at home with the lights dimmed.