Maisie Peters and Emo-Girl-Pop music are on the rise and ready to take over the world!
At only 20 years old, Peters has gone from expressing her musical craft and lyricism online to embarking on her own headlining tours, releasing numerous singles & 2 EPs, as well as having a song featured on the Birds of Prey soundtrack.
We were also beyond excited for her when the news broke that she would be opening up for 1D’s Niall Horan on tour, but unfortunately the tour had to be cancelled. (Thanks, Covid….)
Aside from this, Maisie has had quite the year: she recently collaborated with Canadian singer-songwriter JP Saxe for their track “Maybe Don’t”. We’ve had it on repeat for weeks!
Keep reading for more about the up and coming British babe!
Have you picked up any new skills/learned anything new since quarantine began?
This has been a big year for me because I started off genuinely not being able to make anything other than eggs, and 90% of the time I would burn them! But now, I’m so bored, I decided becoming a chef is the only option. The other day I made a lemon cake! You can tell I’ve gone slightly out of my mind. I made ramen, a Gigi Hadid pasta, which is a very specific type of pasta, so I would say I’ve definitely become a chef!
Has quarantine inspired you musically, and has it helped you step out of your comfort zone when writing?
Definitely! I think for me quarantine was so important because back when it first happened, it kind of got me back into writing on my own– which is something I haven’t done in a really long time. Those few months, and all of this year, I just really fell in love with writing and making music on my own, and being very self-sufficient. So I set up a little studio in my bedroom and just really rediscovered that part that I had not been doing for a couple years now! I’m really grateful to quarantine for that! (And Folklore…those are the only two reasons!)
We’ve been LOVING “Maybe Don’t”! Can you talk about the song, and what working with JP Saxe was like?
I’ve been a huge JP fan for a long time now since his song “A Few Things”. I think he’s an incredible writer and an incredible musician. He’s literally astoundingly good—he’s one of those people that you work with and you’re like “Oh my God, you’re better than I thought you were, and I already you were amazing!” It was such a fun time and so cool to actually get to work together. We were laughing because it was right before lockdown so we were able to be in the same room. He’s such a sweet, lovely person as well and it was such a nice day! In the studio, we only had a couple of hours because he had to rush off, and it was so cool writing something on the spot because you get a real life momento of the conversation you had. So we speak about things and we write about some things, and now we have a song that’s a reminder of that fun day!
That actually ties into my next question: How do you come up with an idea or concept for a song?
I think every song is different. With “Maybe Don’t”, that really came out of what we were talking about in the room– just me, JP, and Joe, who wrote it with us. We were just talking about life and relationships, the way we as people act, and how I guess sometimes we ruin things that are meant to be good and could be good. (That kind of self sabotage).
But I’ve also written songs which have been inspired by lines in books or things that I think of on the bus or a thing that happened three years ago or something I want to happen but haven’t happened yet! I take inspiration from so many different places!
Watching you blow up over the past two years has been insane. What would you say is the craziest/coolest part of it all?
I guess it’s funny to me–things don’t feel that crazy because every day you just put one foot in front of the other and do the next thing, then the next thing. You don’t really get to reflect on where you were a year ago. Definitely in hindsight, I played a show last year in the U.K. that was about two thousand people and I sold that show out! Which is so crazy: I haven’t even put an album out yet, and I was 19 when I did that! That’s crazy and I totally didn’t clock it at the time again because you really get into the 2020 mindset of “next thing, next thing, next thing”. And one good thing I guess about this pandemic is that it did force everyone to slow down, reflect, and take into account what we’ve been doing the past couple of years.
Take me through your musical evolution: how do you think you’ve grown as an artist, from ‘Dressed Too Nice for a Jacket’ to your latest release?
I think I’ve grown. In very literal terms, a lot of the ‘Dressed Too Nice for a Jacket’ music I made when I was like 16…17 maybe. Now I’m 20, and I know that doesnt seem like a long time– teenage years are like dog years for everyone! As a person I’ve changed a lot, and I’ve arguably grown in confidence in what I want to be making. But then in other ways I think the older you get the more unsure you get because you don’t have that naivety where you’re blindly following something. That’s really hard to get back as you get older. However I would say I’m more assertive of what I want and what I think will work. And I just know more of that because I’ve done the years and years of scrambling around in the dark and trying to work out what I love and what I make! So I’d like to think I’ve grown whilst also retaining the me that did all those things because she was also cool!
You kind of touched on this already but how do you keep yourself grounded?
I think I’m truly (and hilariously) not an emotional person (and maybe emotional isn’t the right word) but I’m a fairly steady person. Which I think people are often surprised by because of my very dramatic music! But as a human being, I’m pretty steady and my family loves me because I’m so un-excitable. My manager will tell me something cool and I’ll be like “Oh okay, cool.” But I think that’s actually been a really good personality trait to have because I really do just take everything as it comes and try to focus on what I can be doing now.
I think it’s easier when you make music for you…that’s my whole job. It’s very easy to be self-involved because you’re constantly talking and writing about you, and other people are talking about you. That’s definitely not a healthy thing to live with, so I really try to separate myself from that as much as possible. Cool friends and cool family–I live with students and they think my job is so cool, but we also talk about best studies, their work, their jobs, what we’re doing on the weekend, who’s cooking, etc. I think that’s all very healthy and good!
You have such a strong relationship with your supporters! Have you seen any cool ways fans have been responding to your music, especially during a time when you can’t physically see them?
Yes, they’re so talented! People make amazing things all the time and I’m like “What??? How is that so good?!” Right now specifically, I’m doing a competition around “Maybe Don’t” for people to make any piece of art they want that’s inspired by the song. I’m gonna pick some winners and Facetime them plus send out prizes. That’s gonna be really fun! But so far, some of the stuff people have sent in is SO GOOD! Like there was this poem that I read and I was like “Wow that’s insane. I need to re-evaluate my life!”
What is one thing you want your listeners to take away from your music?
I don’t really want anything except I want them to hear it, feel like it’s theirs, and love it, I guess which is a funny thing. I know the feeling I get when I hear a song and I’m like “Oh God, I love that!” And it’s such a face reaction– it’s so cool and I totally forget people do that with me! So primarily, I just want people to hear it and love it.
You’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. Do you have any goals you hope to achieve at any point in your career?
Yeah, I have so many goals! For one, the Grammy nominations recently came out and I was like “I would like one of those!” Also there’s a venue in Brighton where I’m from called The Dome. It’s super old; it’s where the Prince used to keep his horses back in the day. It’s beautiful and I’ve seen so many amazing shows there as someone growing up and loving music, so I would love to play there one day!