Music has a way of touching people in ways they'd never expect, and much of that can be attributed to the lyrics - an art singer-songwriter Maiday knows all too well (she debuted her single 'Wish You'd Met Me First' after enjoying a career as a songwriter).

'Wish You'd Met Me First' is the first track from Maiday's forthcoming EP, produced by ARRWS and Jimmy Hogarth, who have produced and written for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Sia and Corinne Bailey Rae. Just as Maiday wraps up a session, we chat about the craft of songwriting and what it means to her.

'Wish You'd Met Me First' is a candid and heartfelt track, which Maiday describes as one that takes her back to how she once felt. "It's actually one of my earliest songs and I wrote it originally about five, six years ago about someone in particular. It was just a very simple, guitar-led, I just kinda sat in my kitchen and poured my heart out to myself. I never quite felt like I did the song justice so I kind of tried to rework it over the years and when I got in with Jimmy, we just nailed it. He gave me a track and a vibe that drew the best of the song out. When I listen to it, it still takes me back to how I felt."

Like many musicians, Maiday's musical journey began with experimentation: "I've got really early memories of writing, like sneaking into my sister's room and mucking about on her Casio keyboard and I wrote a song, something about juice. The chorus still sticks in my head but I'm not going to sing it for you [laughs]... I was always writing stories and poetry. One of my earliest memories was just asking people what things meant. I've always loved words and language and how you can use it, so I've been writing since I was little."

On what we can expect to hear on her forthcoming debut EP, Maiday said we can expect it to be "Lyric driven, honest and heartfelt." She then went onto add, "Genre wise, I focus so much on what I want to so that what goes around it almost secondary. It has to be right but I don't really like to put myself in genre boxes as I'm sure a lot of artists don't. So the EP is just going to be an honest recount of stuff that I've been through, which hopefully will help other people connect who've been through similar things."

After realising that songwriting was not just a passion but a means to convey her emotions and express herself, Maiday began to embark on a career as a professional songwriter. "Originally I was on MySpace back in the day and I met my management through that. I was just writing for myself and I didn't really have an idea of how the industry worked, I just knew that writing songs felt good. It became apparent that it's good practice to try and write for other people because you can hone your craft whilst you're trying to build yourself as an artist."

Storytelling is something that is of great importance to Maiday (she spends a great deal of time obsessing over lyrics). She cites Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Adele and Emeli Sandé as some of her songwriting inspirations, mainly due to their ability to captivate. "If an artist is singing to me, I need to believe what they're on about and sometimes as great as a song can be, if doesn't feel believable then I can't really connect with it. So if you can sing to me and I believe then that's what matters the most. That's what I want to make sure happens when people hear my stuff is that they go 'uh yeah I can see she's been through that' or 'I can connect with it in some way'."

As an artist, listening to music can sometimes take over to the extent in which it becomes work, rather than an escape. For Maiday, she finds that listening to music prior to when she came onto the scene allows her to enjoy it for what it is. That's understandable as her approach to music will no doubt have changed since embarking on her journey. "Every now and then an artist will come out that I can just listen to all day and it kind of reinvigorates me I guess." Perhaps in Spring, it will be Maiday that invigorates listeners with her music.

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