An indie/pop singer songwriter with and RnB influence, Maeson connects with people through the music he writes and records. Motivated by his values and driven by his desire to establish meaningful connections, Maeson is an artist that reflects transparently the experiences he’s had and openly writes about his life in a way that’s relatable to you in yours. Having performed on the same stages that has hosted the likes of some of the biggest acts to hail from the U.K. including Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, he is regularly compared to the likes of Sam Smith and JP Cooper, a compliment he takes pride in. Today we chat with Maeson about his latest single “Good with Goodbye”! let’s hear from him!
YMX: Hey Maeson! thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?
Maeson: Hey, Thank you for having me! I would ask when they last listened to a song and was completely present with it? Rather than appreciating the elements that make it a good song, thought about what exactly it is that the artist is sharing. There’s a quote I love from an unknown author – ‘Knowing a person is like music. What attracts us to them is their melody. As we get to know them, we learn their lyrics.’ My most recent project is an honest reflection of an experience I had. Music is something that connects us all and by learning the lyrics you really do get to know me.
YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?
Maeson: I’ve always known. Moving through life, I have never felt completely satisfied unless music was involved in some way. When I was at Uni for example, I was happy but joy was missing. I was challenged but I didn’t feel stretched. I was comfortable but I was missing magic and to get some semblance of that magic, I would get curious about the feelings I had in those moments and I would escape my reality by discovering open mic venues around London. Music is the one thing that has always made me feel stretched and challenged. It’s the one thing that keeps me balanced between comfort, fear, learning and growth. It’s magic.
YMX: You recently released “Good with Goodbye”. Can you tell us how that project came about?
Maeson: ‘Good with Goodbye’ is the last song from my three track EP titled ‘Love Bombed’. These three songs were a form of therapy for me when my three year relationship with a narcissist came to an end. I found comfort in writing as it helped me to process the relationship and understand it for what it was. ‘Love Bombed’ the first song, is a reflection of what happened, it’s a vulnerable disclosure of my experience and it was important to keep the song stripped back so that the story could remain the focus. ‘Find me Again’ the second song, is the journey I took to self discovery once I’d accepted what had happened. How I found myself by challenging the well intentioned thoughts of others. I began to hear the voice within and trust the subtle vibration of intuition that motivated me to speak up. I hadn’t paid attention to it during my relationship and I vowed to myself I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. ‘Good with Goodbye’ started as a gut feeling too, on my Instagram you can see a picture I took in a cafe back in 2018. I was sat, alone, sipping a warm latte and the words ‘Finally I’m Good with Goodbye’ came to me as a feeling. I was content for the first time since 2015, I was alone but not lonely. I had worked through the abuse and accepted it. It was remarkable. I wrote those words that were soon to be lyrics on a post-it-note and pinned it to the wall of the Cafe in Soho and left with a new, refreshing outlook on life. The final song just came together after that. ‘Good with Goodbye’ pays homage to ‘Love Bombed’ and ‘Find me Again’ and how it came about, well, the clue is in the title. I got ‘Good with Goodbye.
YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the single?
Maeson: I’m such a feelings person, I love this question! I would love you to be present with the chorus and the last verse mainly. Don’t disregard the rest of the song but focus on the message in the hook. Think about things in your life that no longer serve or grow you. Feel inspired to say goodbye. In this song, I am saying I am ‘Good with Goodbye’ to my narcissistic ex (long after he had discarded me) I’m also saying goodbye to the version of me that I was when I was with him. I have been contacted by people that have shared experiences they have had in narcissistic relationships since releasing this project. They’ve told me that the songs help them to feel validated in their experience. If you have experienced similar, I hope the songs help you to feel seen. Less alone in the stages that follow the break up, it’s incredibly isolating and whilst no two experiences will be exactly the same – take reassurance from the story I share. These three songs move from being broken to being ‘Good with Goodbye’. The saying ‘There is light at the end of the tunnel’ well, this is what that saying sounds like. Press play and keep moving, you’ve got this!
YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?
Maeson It was the change I needed. My relationship completely destroyed my confidence and music took a back seat. I don’t want this all to be about my relationship but it’s relevant! In September 2020, I felt the urge to sing to an audience and so I joined an open mic on Instagram and sang ‘Love Bombed’. It was the first time I had shared the song publicly. I did it because there was no pressure. Everyone is performing from home and home is a safe space. There also seemed to be so much more time in the day. I was able to move without urgency which enabled me to give time to writing the songs that follow my most recent project. Remote collaboration is easy, it isn’t ideal because I love connecting, human interaction, the intimacy that comes with face to face interactions, you know?
YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?
This is a great question. My process is deeply reflective and when I write alone, I can be vulnerable with myself because what comes out in the reflective process starts and ends with me. When writing with others, if not writing to a brief, it’s important that I feel safe to reflect on experiences and thoughts in an unfiltered way. That said, I feel more confident writing alone because I can trust that the space I am in is completely free from judgement. I say completely free, with the exception of the internal monologue that can at times be damagingly negative but you know what I mean.
YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?
Maeson: The last gig I played physically was in October 2020 at a place called Gigi’s in Hoxton. The restrictions were lifted and it was an absolute dream! The audience were incredibly responsive and I loved every second. As for Livestream concerts, I have done quite a few. I had to. I am no tech, lighting or sound engineer but change happens and we adapt! The most recent was a charity fundraising event hosted by a TikTok and Instagram influencer. Thankfully, everything worked seamlessly and the event raised a lot of money for Mental Health.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
Maeson: My next project is beautiful. Slightly biased but I am obsessed with singing these songs. The last project was more a therapy practice. Get it out into the world and I no longer have to hold onto it. This next project really harnesses my sound. Indie infused, contemporary R&B.