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A Dirty Dozen with MAYA – March 2022

| 16 March 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Maya emerged in the summer of 2004 in San Jose, CA. Their formative years launched them to the same stage as some of the biggest names in hardcore as they prospered into prominent figures in the SF Bay Area local scene. Their close-to-home fanbase quickly expanded to reach across the world, which led to opportunities to tour across the country and throughout Latin Central America alongside heavy hitters including Terror, The Acacia Strain, Emmure, and more. These days, the band is tapping into their heritage to share their stories as first generation Mexican and African American musicians from Northern California. Their musical identity is fueled by DIY ethics, respect for their roots, and the determination to share the music they love with a culture that hasn’t always understood it. Their struggle is their inspiration. After two successful album releases to build their name, the band has found their distinctive voice in the fierce world of hardcore and metal with their new record DESPIERTA (Awakening) released July 15, 2021 on Shark City Recordings.” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest release is an EP titled Despierta which translates to Awake out via Shark City Recordings. It’ll definitely take a few listens to catch on to the concepts and references in the lyrics as well as some of the samples we’ve added through the EP.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Going to shows and watching other bands rip! The energy was like no other and I felt a deep connection. First time I sat behind a drum kit, the world made sense to me.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

First real concert I ever went to was Ozzfest 2004. Pretty much had a revelation that day.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Chino Moreno of Deftones.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Spending time with my family and friends. Eating, hanging out, and being outdoors.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would say its loud, heavy, and passionate. Most of us are of Latin decent, So you can imagine how racial people can get. It makes us laugh more then cringe.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When we’re together we are mainly jamming or eating burritos. Oh, and taking turns roasting each other.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I randomly met Joe Jackson (Michael Jacksons Dad) in Vegas one time. Can’t say I was starstruck but later thought, Dude I shook the hand of the man who whipped his kids into stardom.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

In my opinion, the freedom to just be yourself. My dream job would be to own a Taco Shop.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Hard to answer. Most of the time I’m more interested in knowing about the person who’s doing the interview then speaking about myself.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Recording our first album. Being the people and musicians we are now, We’d give it the time and attention it needed to make it as great as it could of potential been.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would of love to have been a fly on the studio wall for Toxicity by System Of A Down. I was skating heavy when it came out and it was pretty much the sound track to some really great times in life.






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