Mareya is a pop singer and songwriter whose versatility ranges from rnb, pop, rock and also to hip hop. She's an artist born and raised in New Zealand but is now based in Melbourne. Mareya has been at the game since 4 years old, which is when she blurted out her first original pop chorus for her Dad while he was playing guitar. It wasn’t until she was 13 that she really decided she wanted to craft her songwriting skills. This went on to see her win competitions and talent quests through her high school years, a school that Lorde also attended. She then stole the hearts of judges at a local open mic songwriting competition while studying pop music at University back home. A typical show of Mareya's will likely have you dancing at some stage, followed by hooks you'll find yourself singing along to by the second chorus...you’ll be subtly educated with sass and truth bombs while you’re at it.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist? My pleasure! This year has honestly been one of the best years of my life. I fell in love with the most magical human in the universe then I got booked to be part of a tour with some of my good friends and have also just been writing so much music that I simply can not wait to release! Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
Well…I wrote my first tune when I was 4 so I'm not sure where to start! But, from when I first started taking songwriting seriously (at age 13), I’d say I’ve gone through alot of phases. From being an acoustic pop/folk artist, to a rock artist then to a pop artist and now I'm really just comfortable embracing all sides of me now I guess. This is mainly due to the fact that I have a very eclectic taste in music and I’m grateful that I can write in all these genres comfortably. I definitely intend to showcase all these sides of me throughout my career. Maybe more just one at a time rather than all at once. My mantra lately has just been, “if it’s music, i’ll write it”. Sums it up haha! How did you come up with your latest project?
My latest project , set for release on 10th June is an acoustic song, the first acoustic one I’ve put out in a few years. The song came about when my ex dumped me during a covid state lockdown. Safe to say that was great means for some writing! The song is called Lucky You. I’m choosing to release it because I had it fully recorded and didn’t want to just leave it on my hardrive as I feel people will relate to it and might find some comfort in the song. I’m also using this release to warm people up for another upcoming release of one of my favorite acoustic tracks I've ever written. Where are you from originally?
I’m a kiwi from little old New Zealand. Where do you live now?
Melbourne, Australia as of the last 7 years. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I’d agree with that, yeah. Melbourne is full of art and creativity so I find it very activating and inspiring. What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I knew what I wanted to be when I was a toddler, I have 2 very clear memories which drove the direction towards music. One was seeing Michael Jackson perform on the tele, my Mum still recalls laughing at how absolutely gobsmacked I was watching him. I was standing only a few feet away with my jaw dropped the entire time, can you blame me?! I just knew that THAT's what I wanted to be part of. The second was watching Disney's Fantasia as a kid. That film has zero dialogue and is told purely through music. I just remember thinking music was the most powerful thing in the world and I wanted it. How do you want to shape your career?
All I know is, I want to do big things, great things. And I know I am fully capable. I intend to perform on stages all over the globe and influence positive change in the industry. It’s important to me to have influence to empower women AND men through my music and artistry, and to inspire people to love others and themselves deeper. The ultimate goal is to live abundantly off my own music and music I intend to write for other artists too. I love the idea of also writing for others because I'm versatile with genres and want to be able to explore all of the facets of my writing throughout my career and writing for others as well is a great way to do so. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
It depends on what the project calls for really! How did your latest title of your music come to be?
Released, my last title was Again Just Friends. Tells the story of a long love affair that never really got to blossom (and honestly, wasn’t meant to). Unreleased, the last title of a song I wrote was called When I Can’t Get High, it's the acoustic track I’m warming people up for with my next release. I’m REALLY excited for that one to come out. Its message is simple and beautiful. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Nope, not for me. I find it very healing. I’m usually so eager to just get songs out because I’m always hungry for the next. Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
I draw from real experiences so absolutely. I will occasionally write a fictional song just for fun though. I also don’t find it difficult to scrap ideas if I know I can do better. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Empowering. Where do they go to listen NOW?
Whatever your streaming service preference may be, you best believe you’ll find me there! What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
Someone once told me after a show that I had activated an awakening in them spiritually. I was hella into that for sure. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Yes! As mentioned, my next single is out June 10th then the week after that I get to shoot a music video for an upcoming single I am writing with my wonderful and ridiculously talented partner. I am soooooo pumped for that as there’s no acting required, just us and our natural chemistry. Plus, I adore working with him. When we were just friends he was my favorite collab so it’s just really exciting to bring the music to life with a visual where I don’t have to ‘act’ on screen. With that, I also get to work with the crew who made my Again Just Friends video who are just wonderful to create with! And we are lucky enough to have Leah Oborn onboard as video producer with this one as she's worked with some huge artists such as Tones & I. I love working with Leah, I’ve been an extra on a few shoots of hers (including the Tones & I song - Lonely), she’s always such fun and so professional too. Are you performing songs anywhere LIVE?
Sure am! I’ve recently been on tour with Morning Maxwell (a local producer and DJ who I was fortunate enough to write a song called Get It with last year). We’ve had a blast performing that and I look forward to summer which is when we intend to release it. But I also play a fair few of my solo pop/rnb and acoustic shows so follow me to keep up to date and come say hey! Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
You can find all my socials here: https://linktr.ee/mareya_official