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Exclusive Interview With Maxx, A multi-talented Pop Artist Who Is Making A Name For HerSelf In The Music Industry

Maxx is a multi-talented pop artist originally from Ocean Township, New Jersey. She began singing, performing, and writing at a very young age but never viewed it as her career because she was pursuing horseback riding. She has developed a unique sound and hopes  to create moments to remember in her music videos and while performing. She hopes that the stories she tells in her music will help others feel less lonely and encourage them to find strength through their passions as she has. 

During her childhood, she encountered traumatic experiences which affected her mental health. After suffering from depression and anxiety, in 2017, Maxx began to write about her feelings and experiences. That’s when her music became her therapy. Music saved her life, and it kept her prevailing through challenging times. 

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As maxx grew older, she began analyzing successful female artists’ careers and inspiration, mainly in the pop spaces. She identified with artists like Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande. When she finally moved to Los Angeles, she sought to find unique ways to create a fresh sound and brand that would be groundbreaking and compelling while allowing her favorite singers and other artists to serve as inspiration.

In her recent song Hostage she expressed her undying love for music and her relationship with her anxiety at that time.

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Listen to Hostage on Spotify: 

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Hello there, welcome to Honkmagazine. Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

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Maxx – The first inspiration I had to write was the day I found out my great grandma passed away. I was very young and wasn’t really able to understand what I was feeling or how to process the emotion. After that writing and music became my way of dealing with all of my struggles and emotions. It became and still is a very healing and therapeutic way of coping for me. 

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

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Maxx – In about 2018 I was really trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and what I wanted to go to school for. I was working with a voice coach at the time who suggested going to a  music school. That sounded like a dream to me since I was never a big fan of traditional school. As music started to become my everyday life I began making it more of my personal life than just school and absolutely fell in love with it which made me decide to make it my career.

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

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Maxx – What is unique about myself as an artist and my music is that I write about my deepest darkest struggles and traumas with all honesty and authenticity so my lyrics and sound come from a very raw and vulnerable place that I don’t let many people see. 

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

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Maxx – My latest release is my song and video Hostage. For me the song is about my relationship with my anxiety at the time. I wrote the song while I was struggling with the worst anxiety I’ve ever experienced. I was shaking and couldn’t breath all day everyday. It felt like it was taking over me. I decided to write about it hoping to release it in a way which is exactly what happened. I walked into the studio shaking and once I was done writing the song I felt amazing! The song really helped me.  

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

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Maxx – my upcoming projects aren’t as heavy but definitely relatable. I’ve been writing in new ways about all kinds of experiences, some of the things I’ve been writing about aren’t even my own experience which has been a lot of fun!

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

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Maxx – I wish I knew to not be so trusting honestly. In the past I’d say there have been times where I gave my trust to people a little too fast which has had negative outcomes.  

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

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Maxx – Not much honestly! Music has become pretty much my whole life so when I’m not writing, singing, performing, or playing the piano I’ve found I have a hard time knowing what I want to do with myself lol! But I’ve always loved animals and nature, especially horses, so anything that involves that I usually enjoy. I also love fitness, working out, and going to the gym!

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

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Maxx – My biggest piece of advice would have to be two things: 

  1. Don’t compare yourself! Focus on you and stay in your own lane. Worrying about others and their work/progress will only slow you down and distract you from your own work. Your path is unique and specifically made for you so trust that you are exactly where you need to be!
  2. Stay true to yourself! Don’t let anyone or anything change you for any reason. That can be a hard thing to do in this industry sometimes. 

How can our readers follow you online?

Maxx – You all can find me on my Instagram  @maxx.nies 

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To know more about me, visit my website: www.itsmaxxmusic.com and you can find my music on all streaming platforms under Maxx! 

You can also visit my link tree for more:

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https://linktr.ee/Maxx.nies

 

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Junes UB Unveils Cinematic Vibes with “Don’t F Up The Rotation” EP

Junes UB

Junes UB, a talented musician from the UK, has released a new EP called “Don’t F Up The Rotation.” It has four tracks that are inspired by the movie ‘Friday.’ Each track is like a chapter in a story that tells a chilled-out and relaxed tale. The EP is named after a famous line from the movie.

The first track, “Roll me one,” is a fun and playful song that reminds us of the movie. The second track, “Backstrap,” is a bit more serious and talks about a popular method for rolling cigarettes in the UK. The third track, “Lick it,” is also about rolling cigarettes, but it is a bit more clever and refers to the movie’s themes.

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The EP’s final track, “Exhale,” is the most important song on the EP. It talks about the feeling of exhaling smoke after smoking. It is an upbeat and catchy song that showcases Junes UB’s talent and musical ability.

The EP is only 9 minutes long, but it is packed with amazing music. Junes UB is a versatile artist who can create music in many different styles. Fans are excited to see what he will release next.

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Ol’ Burger Beats Crafts Timeless Beats and Conscious Rhymes in ’74: Out of Time’

Ol' Burger Beats

Ol’ Burger Beats is a talented musician from Norway who has just released his latest album, “74: Out of Time”. The album has 17 tracks and features a mix of old and new sounds that take the listener on a musical journey through time.

The tempo of the album is set at 74 beats per minute, which gives it a unique and relaxing feel. The album also addresses some important issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and politics in the US and Europe.

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Ol’ Burger Beats has collaborated with some of the best hip-hop artists, including Fly Anakin, Awon, Quelle Chris, Pink Siifu, and more. The result is an album that is both diverse and reflective of Ol’ Burger Beats’ growth as a composer.

“74: Out of Time” will be released on Feb. 16th on Coalmine Records and will be available on all major music platforms, as well as on cassette and vinyl. With special edition items and merchandise bundles, fans can join Ol’ Burger Beats on this incredible musical journey.

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