Mazz Rhodes is a diminutive singer, songwriter, with skills in production and videography from Kent UK. Her mission is not only to entertain but to redress the balance of female performers who should have a voice in the music industry! with songs that are characterised by her strong, powerful, yet melodic vocals and choir like harmonies, yet have influences from rock and pop sounds from the 70’s into this century and beyond but with a completely new edge!
Recent releases have showcased strong, emotive, hard-hitting rhyming lyrics with driving guitars and complex instrumentals. Recent contributions to the platforms add commentary on a variety of different subjects such as walking away from relationships to war in Europe. There are many more diverse tracks in the pipeline so there is something for everyone!!
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
No problem at all, thank you for the opportunity to share my story. It has been a busy but exciting and promising start to 2022. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I have been a singer for many years, singing covers and performing with many local bands, music halls, Corporate Events and Festivals. So when my mum Katrina started songwriting and sharing her ideas, we decided to start working together to produce and release our own music. Looking back it was all rather ambitious!! We were clear from the very beginning that we wanted to keep control of our artistic expression and so we chose to do everything ourselves – from writing the songs together, the musical instrumentation, recording, producing, mixing, and mastering. This later included setting up our own independent record label, marketing, videography, and the legal work…and the list goes on. So yes !! Through embarking on this journey, I’ve grown as a singer and developed many new skills and that in turn has improved my existing skills and performance as an Artist. How did you come up with your latest project?
Our latest project was rather different! What started out as a song last year organically grew and we merged with some others. We then decided that it was too challenging, even ground-breaking for us that we needed to go away and come back to it with fresh eyes to improve our production. So it was put on the backburner with no intentions to release. However, recently we felt this song, Everlasting Light, echoed the times we were living through, and this made it a more socially relevant song. It was then that we decided to bite the bullet, tweak what we started and put it out there! Where are you from originally?
Technically, I was born in Margate which is currently being used to film for ‘The Empire of Light’, a film by Sam Mendes. Margate is an artistic hub and host to so much creativity and wonderfully creative people. Where do you live now?
Ramsgate in Kent, a great place with a wonderful Marina and a buzzing live music scene. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Yes, the biggest impact is being local to my mum! We now live next door to each other. Having each other so close has helped us put these songs together. Our close collaboration helps our workflow! What was the inspiration to make music your career?
Seeing Nigel Kennedy play Violin live was truly inspirational. I quickly learnt to play the Violin as a child and the enjoyment I felt from performing to live audiences, then progressed to singing full time. I know it’s a cliché but it’s my dream come true! How do you want to shape your career?
We have a wealth of song material ready and waiting for our new album. We want to reach a much wider audience, so that our music is heard and appreciated for its uniqueness. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
Deadlines need to be realistic, so we always have a timeline but give ourselves some room for manoeuvre. As with all creative artists, we recognise that it’s sometimes hard to give a fixed time limit. But targets are good because they keep that impetus going. How did your latest title of your music come to be?
Our latest title started as ‘Coming out the darkness’, which was a working title, it then progressed to a more positive spin as ‘Everlasting Light’ because there is always hope in times of darkness. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Yes, because artists are inherently self-critical and want to edit and improve constantly. So we developed that confidence to say, ‘let it go!!’ and let this song flourish in the world. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Yes, from the beginning stages to the very end – as writers we write about things we have experienced and can empathise with. So yes, that emotional attachment is a by-product of the creative process. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Original. Where do they go to listen NOW? Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and lots of other platforms – Also available on Facebook stories and Tiktok! What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
There has been such wonderful feedback so far about the tracks. One in particular said ‘You are great, and your songs meant so much, to so many, for so many reasons’ . Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Many more releases in the pipeline! Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
I perform regularly live in the Kent and the London region so it’s worth keeping up with my socials which have links to all my gigs. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!
My website has links to everywhere you can find me online www.littlegirlbigvoice.co.uk but you can go direct to… Facebook - www.facebook.com/littlegirlbigvoice Instagram - www.instagram.com/littlegirlbigvoiceuk YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvW_-i9nhaYw9zUhAGphvbg Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/5hIQXfdz2ZcOn9AflLI4je