Mavi Phoenix: “It all makes perfect sense in my head. I am handed the instrumental first – the music makes me feel some type of way and I try to capture that in my lyrics”

Mavi Phoenix, tras lanzar los recientes temas ‘Yellow’, ‘Bite’ y ‘Trends’ y su aclamado EP de debut ‘Young Prophet’, publica su vídeo más icónico para ‘Ibiza’. Dirigido por Cristina Salgar, ‘Ibiza’ es hasta la fecha el vídeo más personal de la austríaca, algo en congruencia con el tono íntimo de la canción. La artista ha definido la pieza como “auto-explicativa”.

La cantante de 22 años originaria de Linz, Austria, pero afincada actualmente en Viena, tiene a sus espaldas un curioso historial de relevancia internacional. Mavi Phoenix empezó cantando, rapeando y produciendo precozmente con sólo once años. Ya por entonces empezaba a desarrollar su estilo propio para la producción. Fundó su propio sello ‘LLT Records’, donde lanzó todo su trabajo, llamando la atención de potentes influencias internacionales en el terreno musical como i-D, The Line of Best Fit, The Fader o COLORS, donde actuó presentando ‘Yellow’.

De ella se ha dicho que es una “uno de los nuevos talentos más impactantes e impredecibles de los últimos años” (The 405) o “una heroína del Pop Lo-Fi que te encandilará” (The Fader).

Tras un verano en el que ha recorrido festivales por Europa como el Primavera Sound, The Great Escape o Roskilde and Melt!, Mavi Phoenix comienza su primer tour por el continente este otoño en una gira que pasará por España con shows en Barcelona (Sidecar, 29 de noviembre), Madrid (Changó, 30 de noviembre) y San Sebastián (Dabadaba, 1 de diciembre).

El pasado mes, como reacción a cierta polémica suscitada por sus ‘haters’ y varios ‘trolls’ de Internet, Mavi compuso y produjo en menos de 24 horas ‘Los Santos’. Grabó un vídeo y lo lanzó el mismo día en un arranque espontáneo. El tema llamó tanto la atención del DJ y productor ganador del platino italiano Crookers, que hizo su propia versión.

Mavi reveló sus planes de lanzar nuevo material y un EP durante una reciente entrevista del que ya hay nombre y fecha oficial de lanzamiento: ‘Young Prophet II’, que estará disponible el 5 de octubre. El EP incluirá los singles del presente año y dos temas nuevos.

Nuestro compañero Josechu Egido ha hablado con Mavi Phoenix sobre este nuevo trabajo “Young Prophet II” y sus planes de futuro. 

 MAVI PHOENIX - EP (2018)

 

THE INTERVIEW

Why Mavi Phoenix choose music styles like pop, electronic and urban music for your musical project?

I think that came quite naturally as I like to listen to popular and urban music. I never asked myself the question what style I want to do – I just did – and the music I make is what came out.

 

We love the sound of  Mavi Phoenix’ songs in your last EP “Young Prophet II” , what do you consider that has evolved in your music in last year from you edited your first EP “Young Prophet”?

Thank you. Honestly I think I just got better at writing, singing and making music in general. I have more self-confidence as an artist now than I had a year before. I have no fear in doing exactly what I like. I’m guessing that shines through every song on the EP.

 

Your songs contains fantastic melodies, music precious, intimate, enveloping nostalgic and very evocative air almost melancholic sound. Songs, where not only music is given importance, but you have also worked on the lyrics in a special way. What can you tell us about it? What inspires you when it comes to making your songs?

Things and topics that won’t leave my mind will find their way in my lyrics of course. I write very “freestyle-ish”. With words and phrases all over the place, and eventually I put together what I think fits. It all makes perfect sense in my head. I am handed the instrumental first – the music makes me feel some type of way and I try to capture that in my lyrics.

 

Why have you titled “Young Prophet II”  this second EP?

Like “Young Prophet”, this EP is another one that will show people exactly who I am. Personally and musically. “Young Prophet” is a big name. It’s okay for that era to be given another chapter. That made sense to me.

 Mavi Phoenix © Kyle Weeks 2 2018 (3)

What expectations do you have with these new EP?

I just want the bond that I have with my fans become even stronger. I want to show them different sides of me.

 

What are your plans for this 2018 and next 2019? We suppose that to turn around the world, but something that you can advance us? Important events?

I am going on my own tour all over Europe this fall. I will support Jimothy Lacoste on his UK tour at the end of September. I have a lot of special tunes in the making that I can’t wait to share. It’s all very exciting right now.

 

Do you think the digital world will end with music as we know it today? What do you think is the future of music?

Everyone can make good music so easily these days. You don’t even have to go in a studio, and you can land the next top hit. I think that’s beautiful, but that also means that there are so many new artists ever freaking day that just pop up. It will get harder to be heard, I guess.

 

How is a normal day in the life of  Mavi Phoenix?

I wake up and get straight to my music. I order Vietnamese food. And in the evening I play a little GTA. I’m a nerd! (laughs)

 

What do you think about the current economic and social situation in the World in general?

It all seems kind a tragic, doesn’t it? But I think now is a good time to be optimistic. Believe in what you truly think is right, but don’t forget to listen to other opinions aswell. Keep an open mind. I’m sure we’ll all be fine.

 

MISCELLANY

Could you tell us about…

 

…a book?: Steve Jobs Biography

…a movie?: Dunkirk

…a song?: “Killing In The Name” – Rage Against The Machine

…an album?: “Scorpion” – Drake

… a group or soloist ?: Childish Gambino

…a hobby?: PS4