We have been looking forward to introduce you to the brilliant artist Ci Majr and her latest tune ‘Summer Drug’. All the way from Atlanta she creates her gorgeous pop tunes that are inspired by artist such as Justin Timberlake, Christine & the Queens and Alicia Keys, but done in her very own way. She has with previous singles gained attention from David Esquivel of Pop On & On and been featured on a Spotify playlist. ‘Summer Drug’ is the first single from her debut EP ‘Side Effects’ that’s coming later this year and it’s a track full of infectious beats and hooky melodies. We were fortunate enough to have a chat with the exciting artist.
YMX: Hey Ci Majr, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?
CI MAJR: If you’re looking for a new vibe then you’re in the right place!
YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?
CI MAJR: When I turned 12 I got really into writing my own songs. It felt really good writing. It was a way for me to express myself and get a lot of feelings out of my head. I’ve always had a hard time talking about my feelings but making music makes it easier for me to process and share.
YMX: You recently released single ‘Summer Drug’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
CI MAJR: Yes! Summer Drug was one of the first songs I wrote after we went into lockdown for COVID-19. I believe this song started with a really cool bassline. I had a huge splurge of creativity as soon as we went into lockdown I guess since making music was really all I could do, and I had a lot more time on my hands. So yeah, one night it started with a bassline, then a full instrumental demo and it just took off from there. I then spent some time at the piano flushing out lyrics, and I just went back and listened to some of the voice memos from that night and the original ideas are pretty close to what is in the actual song, so the lyrical and melodic ideas seemed to come together very organically. After the demo was together, I didn’t touch the song for a while until I was ready to get a project together. That’s when I reached out to a friend of mine, Féz, to ask him if he’d like to produce the project. He then made this absolutely sick full version of the song that you’ll hear.
YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the single?
CI MAJR: Acceptance. I would want someone listening to either this song to be able to accept the feelings they’re having. I’d want them to know they aren’t the only person who has been in this place and that one day the wounds will heal and you’ll be able to love again. If you can’t relate to the lyrics, I’d just want you to dance!
YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?
CI MAJR: I’m convinced I would have never written this song had it not been for the pandemic. The pandemic gave me the time to really refine my process and that’s when I wrote this song and all of the songs on my upcoming EP. Remote collaboration isn’t preferred but it’s definitely possible! I’m in Atlanta, GA and this song was produced in the UK. I think with frequent check-ins and regular communication it’s definitely manageable.
YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?
CI MAJR: Alone, but I’m trying to get better about writing with other people because I feel like all of the hits these days have multiple writers. Plus, it can be really fun to have a reason to connect with people now that we’re trapped at home. I actually already have my first virtual writing session of the year set up in February.
YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?
CI MAJR: I played at a couple of open mics at my favorite bar in Atlanta, Buteco. I’d love to do a livestream concert of some sort once the entire project is live!
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
CI MAJR: Summer Drug is a part of my first project, Side Effects. The second single from the project will be coming out in February and the full EP will be out in March!