First emerging to the masses through her work co-writing and producing Wretch 32’s number one hit Don’t Go this week’s Ones To Watch is Worcestershire via Birmingham singer, songwriter and producer Maiday has quickly found herself one of the most sought after songwriters in the UK…
Having began her musical career irritating her family by singing too loud in the back of the car, and failing grade 1 violin, Maiday soon discovered that she didn’t like being taught and is much happier just trying them out her own way and seeing what happens. So far that ethos seems to be doing her well, having quit her A Level Music course feeling like there was too much theory involved and after several years of hard work made the move to East London where she has been writing for the likes of Leona Lewis and Josh Kumra as well as contributing to the upcoming albums of Jakwob, True Tiger and Naughty Boy and working with US super producers Benny Blanco and Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins.
Despite education not having much of an impact on Maiday’s career, her diverse musical influence is definitely something she attributes to her success, citing a huge list of albums as having inspired her to write songs including; David Gray’s ‘White Ladder,’ Fiona Apple’s ‘Tidal,’ TLC’s ‘CrazySexyCool,’ Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduzim,’ Bryan Adams’ ‘So Far So Good,’ Madonna’s ‘Immaculate Collection,’ Kanye West’s ‘College Dropout’ and Alanis Morrisette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ Her love of music also inspired her to begin a career DJ’ing where she spent around 4 years spinning hip hop, R&B, UK Garage and Bashment on the Birmingham circuit before making her move to London.
Like many, YouTube has served as a platform for outputting her music, and she has started to emerge as an artist in her own right with a mixture of original tracks like her debut video Breathe and covers of tracks by everyone from Nirvana to Everything But The Girl. She is currently working on a debut EP which is set for release later this year, which will be followed by her debut album.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia