Five Questions With Maya Zita

Toronto, ON-based emerging artist Maya Zita has released her first alternative pop single, “Ouija Board“. Maya uses her sassy and edgy vocals to tell the story of toxic summer romances.

Written by Maya and produced by award-winning producer Harrison Fine and Ben Pelchat (songwriter and producer for the legendary Snoop Dogg and Grammy Award winner Boy George), the single encompasses jazzy rustic vibes tied with dark melodies. Though the song has sad connotations, Maya hopes the alternative-pop sounds inspire listeners to live their lives to the fullest even in the darkest of times.

What began as Maya’s love for horror films and the mysterious events within turned into her debuting her first single. Maya uses the idea of the Ouija Board to tell her story of how she felt like she was the planchet used in the game, and the partner was the ghost who controls where the answers lie. This single focuses on taking your hands off the Ouija Board to gain control of your life even though you lose the person you’re attracted to and the lifestyle it comes with. With an emotional lyrical story, Maya mixes in the electric guitar to create an energetic and upbeat melody to inspire listeners to continue to challenge themselves.

“I want to use “Ouija Board” to inspire my listeners by empowering them to make the tough choices in life that leads them to a happier life and self,” said Maya Zita. “I want my listeners to understand that no matter how hard life gets there is always a chance for positive growth and change…it’s never too late!”  

Check out the video for “Ouija Board” below, and find out more about Maya via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Absolutely! My name is Maya Tisdale, known virtually as Maya Zita, and I’m a Canadian singer and songwriter.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I would consider my music style as pop and alternative. I write spontaneously, but I find my songs always have a really catchy chorus and a good story. I like writing about life, love, and the emotions that come with the struggles and successes of each change we go through. In most of my songs, I love having a beat with low bass, guitar, and some really groovy synthetic sounds to support it. I started learning music classically, and have some experience in jazz and theatre which I believe also influence the structures of my songs and the style of my music.

How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?

Learning new skills has really helped keep my creativity up to par; even if it’s just something simple. I like listening to random beats and freestyling to them. It inspires me to write new songs. Since I’m not extremely experienced in the guitar, I’ve been learning different playing and strumming techniques. The Pandemic started at a time I really needed to self reflect and learn who I am, so I have been doing a lot of self-care. I’ll take nice baths, walk the dog, watch anime, and practice meditation.

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

I can only suggest “​Ouija Board​” since it’s my only song out so far, but I have many more on the way 🙂

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

Some of my favourite current Canadian Bands and Artists are Daniel Cesar, Partynextdoor, Spiritbox, Jessie Reyez, Shawn Mendes, Drake, Michelle Treasy, Zoe Starra, Raia The Painter, and Daniel Zebarth.

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