If you’re anything like us you’re always looking for music that embodies something so specific. Maisy Kay has done just that with Psycho, putting all these spooky-inspired sounds into her newest EP. Truly, we couldn’t be more obsessed with what we would consider to be THE Halloween record.
We were lucky enough to get to pick the brain of Maisy Kay about all things Psycho, we hope you enjoy our conversation!
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We obviously want to talk all about this perfectly themed EP! Where did the idea spark from to have a Halloween/spooky-themed EP?
Truthfully, I came up with the idea a couple of months ago! ‘Psycho’ and ‘Widowmaker’ originally belonged on another EP I had called Freak Show. I thought it would never see the light of day as it was very left-field and eclectic when I realized what a perfect record it would be for Halloween!
With ‘Psycho,’ you’ve said it’s inspired by the relationship you saw between an ex and his mother. Is that one of those situations where, as you’re seeing it unfold, you automatically know you have to write about it?
Without a doubt. The situation was genuinely so insane, no one can believe it when I tell them what happened. I even wrote a lot about it DURING the relationship, so my concern about that dynamic was never hidden. I practically forced the man into therapy because of it, so I hope it’s helped!
Now, we’ve gotten the opportunity to listen to the EP, and we have to say, we are obsessed with what a different sound we get from ‘Widowmaker,’ what was the process like of switching up the vibe of the three tracks on this EP to make each one stand out?
I had very clear ideas for the production of each track. With ‘Psycho,’ I wanted heavy strings to replicate the movie, and with ‘Widowmaker’ you’ll hear an organ tucked into the production. Something I really wanted was to capture the traditional wedding sounds while modernizing the track. As for ‘None of My Business,’ we just had fun with it.
Did you go into writing these tracks with the Halloween themed project in mind? Can we expect any other holiday themed projects in the future?
Not at all! Honestly, I had always described the relationship with that ex-partner as a horrific nightmare, so I thought a very therapeutic exercise could be to write music where I heavily lean into that creepy horror vibe. I was right!
I would LOVE to do more Halloween projects in the future, it’s my favorite holiday.
Will there be any visual projects stemming from this EP? Any music videos we can get excited for?
I have a concept for a ‘Psycho’ music video paying homage to a lot of classic horror movies. It’s still a while away, but I am VERY excited about it.
Since we’ve been on the topic of all things spooky, we have to ask, what is your favorite horror movie that has come out in 2022?
I LOVED Pearl. I left that movie theatre feeling uncomfortable as hell. I think it felt almost scarily normal to me being in the entertainment industry, to see a young woman break down over fame and failure. My only complaint is I wish I’d seen more of the crocodile!
Every artist has that moment where things just click that this is what they want to do, we know a moment for you happened at Phantom of the Opera can you tell us a bit about that experience for you?
I first saw Phantom when I was 7, and absolutely fell in love. The darkness of the plot, the incredible operatic music… it was in that moment I knew I absolutely HAD to sing for my career. I originally thought it would be in musical theatre, but I then later went on to fall in love with songwriting.
This is where we properly nerd out, can you tell our readers all about your love of the Na’vi language and how that landed you visiting the set of Avatar?
I learned Na’vi when I was 10 years old, the minute the first movie came out! Back then there weren’t a lot of resources for learning. There were a few online forums, but that was all. I used to print out Na’vi homework sheets and do them after my regular schoolwork, would you believe it? Probably one of the only kids excited to give themself double homework. Haha! It’s something I got severely bullied for, so it was so exciting to meet James Cameron and write more music for him. He very graciously took me around the set and showed me the filming technology. Let’s just say those sequels are going to look INSANELY amazing.
From following your social media we know that you have found a love for streaming on Twitch, what do you think it is about that platform that so many people are finding enjoyment in?
I love video games, so I could honestly stream and play every day. I also think it’s a very realistic platform. With Instagram and TikTok, you can sort of filter and edit your content to show the world what you want them to see. Twitch is unedited and raw, and I love just getting to be myself for a couple hours and talk to my fan base. I think it’s where they like to be the most too as it allows for genuine connection, something I have personally found very hard on other social media platforms.
Now that the EP is on its way, what does the rest of 2022 look like for you?
I have another release coming out which is equally nerdy and fun, plus a live show and a lot of shooting content for future releases!
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