10 Questions with Maria K

1- Tell us about your musical background, how you got into songwriting, andany current projects you have now.

Well, I’ve been singing since Iwas about 8 and got my first paid job singing a voiceover song forNick Jr. I can still sing the Dora The Explorer song:) I was scoutedat ll by a producer(Matt McGurk) who managed Asher Roth. He signed me as the first of three for a girl pop group. During this time, I also performed at Madison Square Garden 2X and recorded a demo with an all boy rock band and collaborated with producer Solomon Silber who is a world class guitarist. When the group did not work out, I was approached by the Stereotypes (producers of Justin Bieber, Far East Movement) and eventually signed with them and RCA to do an album. Unfortunately, only one song was released (Starbucks Smile), hoping someday the rest will come out! Currently, I have been pretty busy with working on a TV show project, but I have worked in the last year with some pretty amazing people.

2- What influences you as a songwriter?

Believe it or not, the struggle. Even when I was younger, it was easier for me to write about not being a normal kid or having a sad or empty moment. My favorite songs I wrote were “Breaking Free” on my reverbnation page and “Radiowaves” which was part of my album never released with RCA.

3- What do you think about the current state of the music industry? Do you think it’s more difficult to build a career in music today than say 20 years ago?

Do you want the truth? Disappointed in some ways. I got caught in the “middle” of these industry changes going on when I was about to release my album. I’m only 20 yrs. old so I really can’t compare to “back then” but my mom tells me back then things were more audio, you heard a great voice and you were intrigued by it, now your on overload (audio and visual)plus you have alot of amazing talent out there. You also have to financially invest in yourself . So what do you do? College, trade school, or recording artist?

4- Who are some of your favorite songwriters right now?

Chris Martin and Coldplay . When I listen to their music, I’m like damn, I wish I could of wrote that..lol I have even covered some of their songs.

5- If you haven’t already, are you open to working with another songwriter or a team of songwriters?

It would have to be an intimate party of 2. Writing to me is such a personal thing, you’re letting someone into your life and deepest thoughts. I think a large team of writers would make me lose that feeling.

6- How important are outside opinions of your working songs?

When I was younger and signed, I think maybe I was worried about if “they” would like it or think it was a good song or not. Now I feel I have more confidence in my work.

7- Do you think it would be beneficial to have an unbiased team of songwriters in the studio with you while you record music?

I guess if you want a commercial radio hit you may want some kind of support, but honestly, I think it could hinder or make you second guess yourself and your artistry.

8- What’s the most unique location you’ve ever written a song?

In my REM cycle.

9- Congrats on the No Guilt Girl show! How do you manage juggling that with music as well as all of your other interests?

Thank You:) Honestly, its not easy, but I always loved acting, singing, writing and the camera. They really all are an art. My manager calls it “branding” lol.

10-You’ve collaborated with a lot of well-known musicians in the industry. Tell us about an exceptional memory or a story from those experiences.

I have been in alot of top studios. When I was in Philly with the Pop Group, I remember working with Kwame who worked with Christina Aguilera, he was tough but gave me the endurance to record very late nites in the studio! Working out in LA with the Stereotypes and watching all the well known artists come in and out the door was crazy. I had fun working with Pop Wansel (wrote for NIck MInaj Pink Friday) it all seems like a lifetime ago. My fondest memory was working with Solomon Silber, one of the most talented dudes I ever met. World Class guitarist and man did we write some deep stuff in the basement of his home, not some fancy studio. He let me be myself and we had so much fun together! We worked together in New York City with a super talented drummer Scott Robinson, they always made me laugh, these were good times for the memory bank!

Thanks to Maria K for the interview.  Wishing you much success with your music and career in this crazy business we all know and love! 
Listen To Maria Here: http://www.reverbnation.com/MariaK  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maria-kacandah   Twitter: https://twitter.com/MariaKacanda

Stephen Antonelli

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