You may recognise her in passing from the hit song ‘Prom Dress’ on TikTok, which went viral in 2019, but let us introduce you to your latest obsession, the artiste behind the hit—mxmtoon. Maia, known worldwide by her stage name Mxmtoon, first burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old musician armed with only a ukulele and ever since then, she has been releasing bangers after bangers. Her tunes spoke candidly of the various struggles she faced in her daily life, including navigating the world of dating, grappling with the ups and downs of social media, and contending with feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Now at 23-years-old, Maia lives in the heart of New York City, often sharing the most adorable fit pics on her feed, and the occasional behind the scenes snaps from touring. Unlike the average popstar who feels completely disconnected to reality, perhaps it’s Maia’s close connection and unfiltered realness on her platforms that makes her so approachable as an artist—either way, the singer will be making her way down to Singapore for the first time ever on 12 October at Pasir Panjang Power Station. Ahead of the musical princess’s arrival to Singapore, we’re putting these hits on repeat in preparation of the affair.
this would literally not be possible without you all and tiktok. forever thankful for everything you’ve done for me 🥺♬ prom dress – mxmtoon
Maia’s debut hit ‘Prom Dress’ has been making waves since it went viral, and it’s not hard to see why. The song tells a poignant tale of a girl who is left feeling disappointed after her prom experience. As she nears the end of her fourth year, she can’t help but feel like she’s been lacking and crying too many tears. This relatable story speaks to the universal experience of disappointment and confusion, particularly during the vulnerable stage of late adolescence. The song captures the feeling of wanting to escape from a disappointing situation and start fresh, which is something that we can all relate to at some point in our lives.
The soulful melody of ‘Mona Lisa’ is a beautiful reflection on the power of art to transform our perception of ourselves and others. The song expresses an ardent desire to be seen as a work of art, specifically as the iconic painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Through Maia’s lyrics, she explores the feeling of invisibility and the need for recognition, as well as a longing for a shift in perspective on the part of herself and others. The song’s message is clear: we all have the potential to be seen as works of art, appreciated for our inner and outer beauty, and recognised for our incredible potential. ‘Mona Lisa’ is a true testament to the transformative power of art to change perspectives and create meaningful connections between people.
Maia’s ‘Sad Disco’ is a soaring tribute to the transformative power of music during life’s darkest moments. Written after a difficult period in her life, Maia channelled the energy of a dance party for one, inspired by the stacks of ABBA records that had comforted her during her year of lost time. Through her lyrics, she invites us to find joy in the quiet moments, to emulate that feeling of being alone in our bedrooms, blasting music through a pair of headphones in the wee hours of the night. In a way, the song feels like an answer to the girl who wrote ‘Prom Dress’ in the first place. It serves as a gentle reminder that she isn’t stuck on the floor with tears streaming down her face forever, that she’ll grow up, and the loneliness she sometimes feels won’t define her. She can still choose to dance and have her own ‘sad disco’, a powerful reminder that music has the ability to heal and uplift us even in our darkest moments.
Coming Of Age
In ‘Coming of Age,’ Maia’s soulful voice is the perfect vessel to convey the message of personal growth and transformation. The lyrics of the song express a deep-seated desire for change and the realisation that the old version of oneself is no longer sufficient. The speaker addresses someone who criticises their transformation, suggesting that perhaps they should consider changing themselves as well. This powerful song portrays a message of self-discovery, embracing change, and breaking free from societal constraints. It encourages listeners to embrace personal growth and to define their own path, regardless of others’ expectations. ‘Coming of Age’ is a beautiful anthem that reminds us that true growth often requires stepping out of our comfort zones and embracing change, even when it’s difficult.
Feelings Are Fatal
In ‘Feelings are Fatal,’ Maia’s emotive vocals transport the listener on a journey through the complex and often overwhelming landscape of emotions. The song explores the all-too-familiar feeling of being unable to express one’s emotions, feeling like they are too powerful and too dangerous to share. The lyrics speak to the fear of vulnerability and the desire to keep one’s feelings buried deep within, where they can’t hurt us or those around us. The chorus is a haunting reminder that sometimes, we can’t share our feelings, even if it means remaining sad and lonely, because we’re afraid that our emotions are fatal. In other words, we’re afraid they will hurt us if they escape. This poignant ballad is a powerful reminder that despite the challenges of navigating our emotions, it’s essential to acknowledge and express them, as this is the only way to truly heal and grow.
Get your tickets to Mxmtoon on October 12th, here