In Conversation with Ms Maple

Posted on November 02, 2016 by Dr Denim Online Store

Sultry songstress and master collaborator George Maple has had an incredible 2016. We were fortunate enough to catch up with her and hear what's on the cards for the year ahead. 

The year has been packed with activity, alongside her own projects; a string of song releases and a triumphant headline homecoming tour. Maple also joined revered What So Not to produce the single and incredibly shot video 'Buried'. 

What were you up to before you became a solo artist? 

I have been writing music since I can remember. As a teenager I would often stay home and write music rather than socialize. I lived quite far away from my school, I’m a balance of introvert and extrovert. I like people, but I also like being alone and reflecting on the world around me. I’ll never forget when I was 15, my friend asked me what I did on the weekend and I answered with ‘I wrote a song and hung out with my family’ and her response was ‘oh that’s what you do on the weekends. At the time, I felt quite insecure about it but now it’s hilarious and explains a lot about where I’m at today.

Image taken from Instagram 

Who are your biggest creative influences?

I am constantly finding new sources of inspiration. Sometimes it’s people, sometimes it’s situations, sometimes it’s a film or a piece of artwork. I like the idea that inspiration is weird, wonderful and limitless. I’m currently sitting at an airport bar in Minessota and feeling rather inspired by the randomness of the situation. I’ve spent a week writing with a very good friend of mine, so a combination of the red wine I’m drinking and the conversations we’ve had this week are all swirling around in my head. In terms of artists, I will always love the diva’s. Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson even Missy Elliot. I have a certain affinity with strong artists - Artists who have something to say, who comment on their surroundings. This applies across all creative fields. All the musical artists I look up to tend to possess a lot of  strength, integrity, have all been through their fair share of challenges and most importantly, make incredible music. 

What was the last track you listened to?

Etta James, At Last 

The Best Record you’ve ever heard?

This changes all the time, but the Caribou record ‘can’t do without you’ will always resonate with me as an incredible moment in time.

Image taken from Instagram

You’ve got such a distinct look on stage! Who are your style icons?

Thank you! A lot of the on stage looks tend to work hand in hand with the music. I develop them simultaneously. A lot of my music is about sexuality, desire and lust, hence venturing into the BDSM world makes sense in terms of staging. I’m really inspired by the places I’ve been or I want to go - Paris was a huge source of inspiration for me, as is Japan (although I’ve never been there). I've always admired strong looks - Grace Jones, Bianca Jagger, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross and Donna Summer. I like strength and integrity.

Who would you love to collaborate with on a future project?

Moving forward, I’m interested in collaborating with designers and visual artists. I’m excited about expanding my knowledge in different creative fields and learning from people who look at the world differently from me. I’m excited about exploring new technologies and finding new ways to create interactive experiences in a show context.

Have you got any random locations you would love to perform at?

I’d love to perform on an island or in a snow field!

Any exciting projects in the pipeline you can tell us about?

An album….

Image taken from Instagram 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Saturday 31 December | Origin Festival, Perth
Friday 6 January | FOMO Festival, Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide
Saturday 7 January | FOMO Festival, Riverstage, Brisbane
Sunday 8 January | FOMO Festival, The Crescent, Parramatta Park, Sydney

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