Updated: Apr 27, 2021
Released: April 23rd 2021
Genre: Indie Pop, Pop Rock, Classical Pop
For fans of: Rumer, Norah Jones, Fleetwood Mac
Recently signed singer-songwriter Helen Maw has released her impressive third single, Wait. Bringing a different sound to what we're used to from Helen, Wait is an upbeat track with an anthemic chorus and punching instrumental, perfect for long road trips in the sun!
Read on for more about the track's transformation in the studio, and what exciting things lie ahead for Helen.
1. Tell us a bit about your musical journey so far.
I’ve always been into music since I was little and started playing Clarinet at the age of 7! Growing up I tried to do as much as I could whether that was singing, playing in orchestras and bands and writing my own tracks. I went on to study Music at university, gaining a BA and a Masters Degree and have been releasing my own music independently since 2019. At the moment I am working with a record label in Essex to keep creating my music and hopefully take it to the next level!
2. Given the current situation, how does it feel to be releasing and creating new music?
I think it’s really important! It’s been a real tough year for everyone in the arts and it’s hard to stay motivated and focused sometimes, especially when you can’t get out and gig so it’s been a blessing to be able to get into a studio to record and make new music!
3. How would you say Wait fits into your music and releases as a whole, and the musical direction you’re heading? I think Wait is definitely different to the music I’ve released in the past. As a pianist, I tend to write all of my songs on Piano. This was the case with Wait but once I got into the studio to start recording it, it took on a life of its own and completely transformed into a more rocky and upbeat tune. The organ I used on it was accidental too as I was messing around with different riffs but I came up with one I loved so I kept it in! I would really like to keep growing and developing my sound and I think it’s exciting that your next song could be a totally different style to the previous one.
4. What is the inspiration behind Wait?
I think Wait is one of those songs that can be applied to a number of relationships. I didn’t really have a specific one in mind but it is about when someone you love is
going through a bad time and they can’t seem to see a way out. I think we’ve all been there when things are tough and you think ‘what else is going to happen’ but it is from the perspective of the person trying to rationalise with them and say that they’ll sit and wait for them and that they have to look out for themselves and create their own destiny!
5. What is your usual process when it comes to writing songs?
It changes every time! Sometimes I’ll write the lyrics first and others I’ll come up with a melody and go from there! I think it’s important not to shackle yourself with a strict songwriting regime and let the music come to you itself. You never know what you may create if you let your mind wander!
6. How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
I think my sound is definitely along the lines of classically inspired pop music. I like to combine different instruments and harmonies to really bring to life the story I’m trying to tell.
7. Where would be your dream venue to play a gig?
My all time dream is to play a gig at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. I took a tour when I went to New York a few years ago and it’s just the most amazing place and so many amazing musicians and performers have played there. To see my name in lights there would be an absolute dream come true!
8. Who are the artists that you can never tire of listening to?
Ah, so many! Some of my main favourites are Amy Macdonald, The Beatles (of course), OMD and The Cure but there are so many more!!
9. What is the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I went to see U2 in Twickenham a few years ago and it was just mesmerising. It was in the middle of summer, outdoors and they came out to Sunday Bloody Sunday and
just the memory of that drum intro and the electricity of the crowd is something I will never forget. Amazing gig!
10. What is next for Helen Maw?
In January this year, I was taken on by Micmotion Records, a record label based in Essex. After this release, I’m starting to work with them on future releases and hopefully building a bigger fan base and recording and releasing more music! I’m really excited to see where this goes with them!
Best of luck to Helen on her journey with Micmotion Records. We are loving Wait and can't wait to hear more.
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Wait is now available to stream on Spotify here