Sunday 6th May sees Now Wave return to Salford’s Islington Mill to curate a stage at this year’s Sounds From The Other City. Headlining our ‘female-focussed’ line-up, Maria Minerva‘s sample-heavy leftfield pop is guaranteed to be a highlight of the festival. We had a short chat with Maria to discuss her work on Not Not Fun and her vision for the future.
We think your music is a very intriguing mix of pop and messed up sculptured sounds like Ariel Pink or James Ferraro. Where do you see your aural aesthetic coming from & how do you create it?
“I suppose it comes from my head and heart and the internet. I sample a lot. “Messed up sculptured sounds” – I like that, thanks. A lot of people want to discuss like feminism or club music in my oeuvre but not that many talk about the sonic dimensions I have tried to come up with.”
You’ve worked with the Not Not Fun label, one of our favourite labels – do you have a shared aesthetic with label founder Amanda Brown?
“Well, for sure we like a lot of similar stuff; weird stuff, and house music. But I also think that even if Amanda’s project LA Vampires and my music might sound similar – that is lo-fi or dance-y – at the end of the day we are both super individual as artists and have different reasons for doing stuff. Our collabo album will come out in June though and it’s been a big labour of love as we both were on the same page since day 1.”
People seem to love you (or occasionally the opposite)…. Any idea what evokes such a strong reaction in listeners?
“I always fear that I am not likeable enough and it is kinda hard to deal with criticism sometimes. I am learning how to cope with it. Also, I like extremes – high brow intellectual stuff and campy shit – so all-in-all there is a lot of artistic pose in what I do and how I come across as a person. I know I ain’t an outsider artist but I don’t think that people can relate to me very easily either. I always doubt myself so as an artist, especially in person or on stage, I might come across as insecure and neurotic. The pose I present is not very coherent, I know. So maybe this is what forms a part of the music’s appeal but also means that there are gonna be haters.”
How does the live show differ from record?
“It differs in the sense that I am very reluctant to do the tracks of mine that people know and it can be very hermetic at times. I ain’t that big of a crowdpleaser. I am working on it.”
You’re playing for us at this year’s Sounds From The Other City Festival. Does the word Salford bring anything to mind?!
“I’ve lived in the UK since August 2010 but my time here has been very London-centric. Well, I have been to Manchester and had a super fun time thanks to the Piccadilly Records/Boomkat boys, I know you guys up there are really avid music freaks.”
What does the next year hold for you?
“Hopefully love and happiness! And loads of work/touring. The collaboration with LA Vampires will come out in June, my sophomore album on Not Not Fun in August and I am doing some cool one-off collabs with various people and trying to keep things exciting.”
Tickets for Sounds From The Other City – which include a wristband to see acts on over 10 stages – are available for £18 here.