MAXON is Melbourne’s next pop sensation, and she’s just about ready to meet you for the very first time. After a stint on The Voice and the release of her debut EP New World in April, she took a back seat with her career, finding her true self in the process.
In a little under two weeks, she’ll be ready to reveal the new MAXON, officially launching her EP in the process. With the event closing in, we caught up with her for a quick chat.
With raw, homegrown pop on the rise, MAXON’s sassy and stunningly vocal stylings are just what Australia is craving most.
HAPPY: Hey there, what are you up to at the moment?
MAXON: Hey! Right now, I’m sifting through footage from my video shoot yesterday. We are releasing a clip this week for my single Solid Gold.
HAPPY: Excited to debut the live show? What kind of surprises can we expect?
MAXON: Well, it wouldn’t be a surprise if I told you now would it? (Laughs) I am super excited about this show though. It’s the first time playing these songs with a band and we have some awesome ideas being thrown around in rehearsal. It’s nothing like I’ve ever done before.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/258220161″ params=”color=000000&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
HAPPY: How is the new MAXON we’ll be meeting on December 10th different from the old you?
MAXON: It’s been a little over one year since MAXON launched into the world. We had a small break through the year developing and working on new music to release in 2017. I guess you can say she’s has come out of her shell and you’ll be seeing her truly for the very first time.
HAPPY: Worker’s is an amazing venue, have you been seeing gigs there for a while? Which were some of your favourites?
MAXON: The Worker’s Club is awesome. The last time I was on this stage was when I was singing backing vocals for a friend. Funnily enough, he’s my guitarist for the launch. I also recently saw the lovely BATTS perform there with her ridiculously talented band made up of Will Cuming (LANKS), Hayden Calnin and Lachlan O’Kane (Dorsal Fins). What a line-up!
HAPPY: How was your time on The Voice, and how do you think it impacted your career?
MAXON: The show was a great experience and a good learning curve for me. I was only there for a short time but I feel like I grew up a lot and took home what I really wanted. That and a couple of new songs about how fucked up the television industry is (laughs).
HAPPY: Why do you think singing competitions have always been so popular in Australia?
MAXON: It’s a bit of a mystery to me actually. I don’t really watch much TV so before this year I’d hardly seen the show. I went on the show because I was asked to and I thought, why not? Any experience is a good experience.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221506262″ params=”color=000000&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
HAPPY: Do you think these shows are a solid way for new artists to break out?
MAXON: I think this really depends on the artist and a number of other factors. It’s not for everyone, it’s not the only way to break through on a commercial level but it can help boost your profile if you already have a sense of direction.
HAPPY: Your support acts for the gig are amazing, are these hand-picked MAXON favourites?
HAPPY: Who else are you loving in Melbourne at the moment?
MAXON: I feel like I have to talk about Ngaiire right now even though she’s not from Melbourne. I don’t know where I have been but I got to see her for the first time last week and damnnn that girl can sing. I am in love.
HAPPY: Where are you heading from here?
MAXON: New music in 2017 and lots of touring.
All the details for the NEW WORLD EP launch are below:
December 10 – The Workers Club, Melbourne – Tickets