A Beautiful Song From Indie Artist Peta Mai, and One To Watch


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every now and again there’s an artist who’s music and voice

Indie Music Artists

grabs and demands attention. Peta Mai is a classical example of what made me want to begin Music Talks. 

Peta hails from Sydney, Australia and has performed with the likes of Keith Urban with country flavoured music.

Now Peta is about to release her beautiful song with a her great voice to match this Friday 4th October and available for pre-order now. 

 

This is one indie artist who’s music speaks for itself. 


Read the interview with Peta Mai.

 

Tracey: Hey Peta, so nice to cyber meet you, although we are in the same city! Do Perform gigs around Sydney?

Peta: Yes I do! In fact, I’ll be doing a single launch for Hell or High Water at Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville on Monday, 7th of October. You should come!

 

MT: Peta, your voice and singing style blows me away, who are you and where the hell have you been? How long have you been singing for?

Peta: Thank you so much! I’ve been floating around in a few different genre worlds – I used to be in a Pop-Country trio which informed my songwriting for a long time. ‘Hell or High Water’ is the first track I’m releasing that moves more into the realms of Pop/Soul.

 

MT: Did you study voice?

Peta: I’ve been getting vocal coaching since I was 7 – I still see a teacher now. I try to treat it like any other muscle in my body – it needs to be stretched and worked regularly!

 

MT: Do you play any other instruments?

Peta: I play guitar and dabble in a bit of piano.

 

MT:  Do you write all you own material? And do you collaborate with others?

Peta: I’m a firm believer that teamwork makes the dream work, but as of late, I’ve stripped the production line way back. I currently write most of my songs alone, (including HOHW) to give myself the best chance of honing in on what I want to say as a solo artist.

 

MT: Do you have a musical family?

Peta: Not at all! My mother is in the medical field, my dad in finance, and my brother is a chef!

 

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MT: Which artist/singer did you listen to while growing up?

Peta: I had several different CD’s growing up – I remember listening to The Corrs, Carole King, Dixie Chicks, Little River Band. As an adolescent I listened to John Mayer & Paramore.

 

MT: I’ve noticed you have shared the stage with one of Australia’s sons, Keith Urban, what is your connection with Country Music?

Peta: I wouldn’t consider myself a born & bred country gal, but the story-teller nature of Country music has always really moved me. I’ve considered myself to be a bit genre-ambiguous in the past, so I found myself in country music almost accidentally.

 

MT: Your new single, ‘Hell or High Water’ is just incredible. What inspired you to write this beautiful song?

Peta: I was going through a hard time when I wrote Hell or High Water – kind of strange seeing it comes across as an uplifting tune. I knew how to love someone else, but I’d forgotten how to show myself the same love. The take home message of Hell or High Water is that we are all flawed, but we are all worthy of being loved. I’m thankful I was able to tap into that sentiment with this tune.

 

MT: How did you go about writing ‘Hell or High Water’….Was it something that poured out?

Peta: It was one of those rare moments where lyrics and melodies seemed to roll off the tongue. I think it was buried inside me for a while waiting to come out. I started with piano, and then the lyrics and melody.

 

MT: Who produced ‘Hell or High Water’? Where was it recorded?

Peta: I took the song to a trusted friend and producer, Ryan Miller, who I’ve worked with before. I’m a big champion of Ryan. It’s like he doesn’t know how great he is!? He was so integral in taking the song to the next level and bringing the vision to life. It was all recorded in house with Ryan at Hercules Studios.

 

MT: When the song was nearing the completion stage, did you feel it had a certain quality or should I say, spark about it? And do you feel this song is different to others you have written?

Peta: Ryan & I are both very critical, so when we stopped having words to say about the song, we knew it was ready! I think it comes from a more mature space than my previous releases. Even though I realise it’s a life-long process, this song has made me feel closer to finding myself and my voice than anything else I’ve done.

 

MT: This could be the wedding song of the year! What are the plans from here, EP or Album perhaps?

Peta: At the moment I am taking it song by song – so I’ll likely release singles for a while. BUT, I am a big fan of an album as a body of work. I hope I’ll be working towards releasing an album soon!

 

MT: Will there be a music video for ‘Hell or High Water’?

Peta: Not at this stage, but there will be a lyric video, and a live performance!

 

MT: Will you be touring at all in Australia or any upcoming gigs we can catch you at?

Peta: Lazybones Marrickville on the 7th of October. Be there!

 

MT: Anything else you would like to mention?

Peta: Just a huge thanks for your kind words about Hell or High Water – I can’t wait for everybody to hear it!

Thank you so much Peta, and really looking forward to an album!

PRE-ORDER ‘Hell or High Water’

https://www.petamaimusic.com/

A Beautiful Song From Indie Artist Peta Mai, and One To Watch

Read last weeks review on Simon SaysHERE

 

 

 

Links To PETA MAI

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/51jhfyjq1B3X7mSGaSj5aO 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petamaimusic 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petamai/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqxkI_0pGKaduxIY2P788tQ

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Sydney Singer, Peta Mai Releases Smashing New Music


Sydney Singer, Peta Mia Releases Smashing New Music

Singer songwriter

Peta Mai

“Hell or High Water”

Listening to Hell or High Water, it is hard to believe that Sydney-based artist Peta Mai once worked in a country outfit that shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban. Rather, listening to this track, I would have thought she had cut her teeth fronting jazz groups in quiet piano bars, such is the quality of her vocal style and the sounds and harmonies on offer here.

 

Hell or High Water starts with a restraint that it only occasionally strays from. Over minimal piano chords, Mai delivers a mature vocal performance that explores the depths of devotion and how it feels to give your all to someone. This soulful track slowly builds, adding drums and harmonic interjections and jazz-infused transitions that speak to the quality of the production and songwriting on offer here. Never overstating its case, Hell or High Water reaches its climax with a subtle musical interlude and a closing chorus that is best described as modern gospel.

 

This is music of the highest order. Peta Mai has crafted a song in Hell or High Water that is timeless yet informed by the soul, jazz and R&B that has come before it. Listening to this track, it is hard to believe that this is an artist still closer to the start of her musical journey rather than the end.

 

With this track, I have become a fan of Peta Mai and look forward to (hopefully) seeing her play live in the not too distant future.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars