Five Questions With Maya Killtron

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Singer, writer, violinist & DJ, Maya Killtron does it all. 2018 marks the launch of 3 large-scale solo & collaborative projects including her first full-length solo album, Never Dance Alone to be released later this year. She has just unveiled this 90s R&B funk throwback, “Satin Sheets”, check it out below and find out more about Maya Killtron in our Five Questions With segment.

Maya shares on the new track,

With this track I wanted to take it back to my roots, my hometown high school summers. Cruisin along Queen St on the 1A to Bramalea City Center, summer crushes at the Professor’s lake beach, tryin to catch the eye of the L-section babes for a slow dance at Rec dances, between pizza roll breaks, & bright summer afternoons crushing banquet burgers with the whole squad at Sunny’s. This song is high school Maya, the stacked vocal harmonies, the 90’s vibe, the Brampton top down beat. As with all of the Never Dance Alone tracks, it’s the music I always wanted to make. Not just a nod or throwback, its a real gateway into my musical past in ever bar. Syrupy, rich & full of R&B high school angst.”

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi there! I’m Maya Killtron. I’m a singer, DJ, Violinist & writer. Right now I’m based in Toronto, Canada but I’m often touring & travelling writing music with people across the US & in Europe. Sounds crazy cool & it is but it’s a lot of coach, no leg room & zero first class situations. Hopefully one day soon I can level up, reach more people & keep making music with people I love! 

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I write lyrics like a 90’s r&b singer but music & beats like an early Degrassi episode. I mean Joey Jeremiah Degrassi, not Drake in a wheelchair Degrassi. The music sounds like 90’s vocals over 80’s production & sounds. I’m writing what I know and love. It’s the music I grew up with, learned to sing & produce from. It’s not just your average “throwback” – I’m really playing to my strengths and making the sounds and feelings that I know best.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

I do. The next month is devoted to album finishing but I’ll be back to live starting Jul 18th – as part of a PodCast anniversary celebration at Dundas Video in Toronto. My shows are fun, dancy & upbeat while being super personal & approachable. I love making people dance more than anything. It’s so important for me to interact with people face to face. We spend so much time on our phones, it feels so gratifying to let that go, even for 45mins, having a big group of people have fun without the internet. The fact I get to do that with my voice is amazing. It never gets old.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would say “Satin Sheets” as it’s the most recent single. I feel like the production is the easiest gateway drug into some of the more niche 80’s styles on the other singles. Get into it!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

EASY! Canada just crushing right now. I love Tanika Charles, Maylee Todd, Allie – they are growing so much & getting the notoriety they deserve, making amazing music & inspiring to watch. Chromeo always delivers & this newest album is gonna be amazing. Already have my tickets to their Toronto show. Kaytranada is probably my absolute fav production right now. I think I listen to “IF” every. single. day.

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