Meet Maggie, the talented singer-songwriter behind our winter lookbook video. While we were searching for the perfect song, we were so happy to have Maggie's song come across our desks. ♥ Take a peek at the interview below to learn more about her music!
Describe your style of music in 3 words.
Honest, audible, sound.
When did your musical endeavor begin?
Music is something that I've always been very naturally drawn to. I think that specifically with creative people it's just an added part of the fiber that makes your spine. I began pursuing music when I was 16, but it's the only thing I've ever wanted to do.
Is there anything/anyone/any place in particular that inspires your songwriting process?
Songwriting is an specifically interesting craft because you gain the power to connect by being genuine. The more you give of yourself, the more the audience can relate to your music. Given this paradigm, I think perspective is the greatest tool to songwriting. I write best when I have time to sit and think, when things are quiet, when I'm away from everything that's going on in my life. I find songwriting much easier when I'm away from the energy of New York City.
We love your song “Kids Like Us” that we used in our Winter 2012 Lookbook “En Pointe.” Is there a story behind that song?
When I wrote "Kids Like Us," I was sitting in an empty classroom of my high school. The writing process still feels a little like a blur. The song was finished before I could play it all the way through - sometimes songs just sort of appear like that; almost like Athena, they're born fully formed. The song itself is about growing up and as I played the last note of the song, I got the "ping" from my email saying that I was accepted to the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. As I read the email, I sort of just like, "Well, I guess that's it then." I'm currently a month from finishing my first year here.
View our winter lookbook video to hear Maggie's original song:
Is there anyone in the music industry that you admire?
The artists that I particularly admire are the women that create holistic, artistic, and purposeful experiences. They have the ability to create a sort of 3D world with each song, something you feel as though could sit in the palm of your hand. Feist does this particularly well, yet her experience at the same time is wonderfully joyful, there's a celebratory energy. Bjork is another favorite of mine who tirelessly and in an almost alien way, connects humans and our destructive and eruptive emotions to the very cavernous landforms that grace her Icelandic homeland. She's a crazy wonderful thing.
Favorite thing to do in your spare time:
I really enjoy hiking. I'm headed to Alaska this summer with the NOLS program to do go backpacking for 30 days. I also read lots and lots and am an English minor at NYU.
Upcoming plans for 2013?
I'm currently a member of folk-rock group Del Water Gap. We've been playing lots of shows around New York City and are looking forward to hitting the road for a bit this summer.
-- Maggie Rogers
Listen to more of Maggie's songs here.
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