Maeve Aickin answers 10 Questions | Interview

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Learn something new about singer-songwriter Maeve Aickin in the latest set of 10 Questions!

At what age did you start writing music?

I didn’t get serious about it until I was 15, but I started writing songs in middle school. I played percussion in band, so I would accompany myself on this mini xylophone or the drum kit. I had a band in sixth grade called the Daylight Dreamers, which I thought was the sickest band name ever.

Where is your hometown, and give us a reason/fact why we should visit it?

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but I’ve never actually lived here until this year. There’s so much rad stuff to do while socially distancing. I would recommend a sculpture park called Franconia, which is about an hour out of Minneapolis– Dua Saleh actually filmed a video there. And obviously, you’ve got to visit Paisley Park in Chanhassen.

What encouraged you to want to get into music?

Seeing Julien Baker in concert; I wanted to be able to experience that feeling of exorcism through music, of holding a note and releasing something from your chest.

Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

Most of the venues I’ve played have been super small open-mic-type situations. I usually live in Mumbai, India, and played at this music school called Adagio once. It was so tight because after the show, everyone sang classics together– just a lovely communal experience. I get so in the weeds about lyricism and obsess over literary devices and trying to be as precise as possible, and I forget how fun it can be to sing a really dumb song with a group of people and not think about, like, consonance.

One band/artist you’d love to support?

I’d love to support an act with a radically different style than mine, like Soul Glo or Slothrust. My big aspiration for a long time was to support mewithoutYou, but since they’re breaking up it looks like that is even more of a pipe dream now. I’ve seen videos of Hayley Williams randomly showing up to sing “Fox’s Dream” and everyone at those shows looks like they’re having the best night of their lives.

What’s the greatest love song ever written?

This is so tough and I have been listlessly staring at my Spotify for the past five minutes. I’m On Fire by Bruce Springsteen? A Case of You by Joni Mitchell? Our Way to Fall by Yo La Tengo? A couple recent ones I’ve been digging are Gracious Day by TORRES, Longwood Gardens by Olivia Barton, and Automatic by Bad Bad Hats.

The best album that you’ve heard this year?

Right now I’m in a four-way-tie between the Lianne La Havas self-titled, Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher, Anjimile’s Giver/Taker, and Touché Amoré’s Lament. I know folks say this every year, but it’s been an incredible year for music.

Most underrated band/artist of all time?

Trip Shakespeare.

Which three artists/bands should we be looking out for? (Musically, not for Criminal Offences)

Pacifist, Sophie Terraso, and Akeem Oh.

What do you want to accomplish next as a band/artist?

I’m writing LP2 right now, and would love to work with other instrumentalists or producers on this one to flesh out the sound and more directly develop lyrical themes through  production.

Bonus Question
Favourite vegetable and why!?

Cauliflower; it’s just so versatile. Cauliflower fried rice with shiitake mushrooms and ginger is one of my favorite meals.

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