Singer-Songwriter Juvenal Maze talks motivation, most meaningful song and his latest double release ‘In A Place’ and ‘She Just Wanna’

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

Initially it started off as a hobby. Something about music production and the composition of instruments, I just found it all very intriguing. I would be create loads of instrumentals because I wanted to be able to create my own, it was that process of creating which really stuck with me. As I got older and matured I had to think about life and where I was going. Music had always been there with me and I had already decided to enjoy creating music for the rest of my life.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

My biggest influences might surprise you but….SWV – I just love the harmonies and their voices as well as the vibe of their music. Pharrell – with his chord progressions, a lil bit of Kanye here and there and strangely Drake, after listening to the album ‘Take Care’. That sound really cemented with me. I get a lot of inspiration from anything and everything really, Coldplay, Gorrilaz, Linkin Park, Boyz 2 Men. R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Afrobeat, Dancehall, Grime, Soul – I’m more of a vibe consumer.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

I think just in general when it comes to your everyday struggle in life you can get your down days. What motivates me is my vision and my incomplete journey.  I see where I want to be and remind myself of where I came from so I can always enjoy the present even in those dark days. I’m a very competitive person, throw me in the deep end and I will learn how to swim. I always believe in possibilities even if they can’t be seen. The unknown, the risk the challenge – I live for that. But besides that life is life, unfortunately we can’t control everything. It’s all about maintaining balance within myself. That keeps me motivated.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

There have been many times where I’ve been like “Wow, I’m still here doing this music thing”. For me its been like this ever since I really took on being an artist, performing, putting my music out there and seeing how people are connecting with it as well as my growth as an individual in all aspects. It’s like that ‘Wow’ moment is one very long moment that I still continue to feel because even though I saw myself pursuing music. Actually living your vision is a whole different type of wow for me.

You have just released your double single ‘In A Place’ and ‘She Just Wanna’, can you describe the creative process and explain why you chose to release a double A side?

The process is very personal like with what I write about and how I write. I just go off experiences or exploring different perspectives. It’s like my thought process but just over an instrumental. So there’s never really a direction but I do try to link things together where I can to see how things relate. Like painting on many canvases from different times and events then piecing them together like jigsaw puzzle pieces to reveal me or parts of me. With the double single, coming from my upcoming EP they are both pieces to a picture puzzle, you’d have to follow me on my journey to find the rest to paint the picture.

What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?

My sound is my language, it’s the way I breathe. I collect vibes and install that in my music so others can also feel what I love. I never really try to make a ‘sound’ if that makes sense. I just go with the flow and let the vibe lead me to where I need to be. I want people to feel my music, my sound is for anyone and everyone. I’m just trying to communicate my essence through my music. In short what makes me different is I don’t try to be anyone other than myself. I am who I am, the rest is open to interpretation.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

My most meaningful song to date would be my first ever song entitled ‘Kitoko’. There’s so much weight to it for me and is a constant reminder of why I do this. Just from that song there is a whole series of events, experiences and emotions all reflecting a part of me. Without the events tied into that song I really don’t know what directions I would be taking my music in but now I know and the answers to that are revealed in a few other songs I have wrote.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

You define you – keep constantly reminding yourself why you started this? For me it’s been about the essence, I just love making music, everything else is a bonus and that’s why I appreciate it so much. A life is a life, whether you are financially rich or not. What’s priceless is the value you see in yourself, and that’s what I see in my art. So yeah it’s really about finding yourself and understanding why you would want to do this, but understanding that without anything else attached but you.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

I would like to see myself in a position where I’m able to make a difference with my art, in such a way where more opportunities are able to open and be available for myself as well as others. Even me being an artist I see it as a key, constantly growing and being molded into something that can open doors. My passion for music is always going to be there but I’m a forward thinker, where am I going with this and where I’d want it to be, so I work towards that.

‘In A Place’ and ‘She Just Wanna’ is available now from all major digital outlets.

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