mxmtoon is taking her music to new heights by delving deep and creating a guide for life.
Words: Abigail Firth. Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett.
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When Dork first met mxmtoon, she was 19, embarking on her first tour in support of her debut album ‘the masquerade’, which she’d made in her room, mostly just using the ukulele. She was a proud introvert, but never shy, and equally as comfortable answering personal questions over the phone as she was oversharing on social media.
Shortly after touching down back home when the tour ended, it became apparent she wouldn’t be jetting off on another one any time soon. The isolation of 2020 kept Maia locked away in her childhood bedroom. For a bedroom pop artist, that doesn’t sound like hell, but Maia knew she always wanted bigger than what her four walls would allow.
Releasing two EPs, ‘dawn’ and ‘dusk’, in 2020, she actually didn’t spend any of that year writing, rather just getting to grips with what the bloody hell was happening to the world and figuring herself out. As it became safer to travel in 2021, she started work on her follow up record ‘rising’.