Vocalist and songwriter Maya Spector will perform with Mark Goliath, Andre Webb, Angelo Syster and Liam Webb at her Honey, Heartache & Lockdown show this Saturday. The intimate evening performance will be filled with a mix of heartfelt original songs from her 2020 debut album, Honey & Heartache and new songs that she wrote during lockdown.
“I've known the players for years and they are all just such fantastically talented and dedicated musicians,” Spector says.
I caught up with Maya Spector last week:
The new decade means...
More compassion and more fluidity.
Fame is about...
Giving back to the communities you come from.
Retirement will happen when...
I can’t find the energy to perform anymore and when I’ve saved enough of a nest egg to live a comfortable, chilled life.
I don't do:
I have discovered I’m not really into hiking. I like a good solid, flat walk. The incline ain’t my thang.
What does music mean to you?
Music to me is best summed up in a little personal quote I use: “I don’t live for music, I live because of it.”
The adventures and mis-adventures of my dear heart.
I would love to co-write with:
Where do you go for inspiration to create?
The dog park, to people watch.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?
Definitely that I hardly ever have to wake up early and sit in traffic.
The song you must do in every show:
My original song entitled My Simple Little Song because it always makes me smile and it turns into a sing-along, even if the audience doesn’t know it at first.
Any funny moments on stage?
I’m a super clumsy person and I’ve tripped (and sometimes fallen) on stage more times than I can count, especially when I’m in heels.
My mother, Ruth Jacobs-Spector, and my father, Brooks Spector. They have both overcome great hardships in their lives and have made it possible for me to live and have the life I have today. And all the people that protect our earth’s wildlife.
My style icon:
Tracee Ellis-Ross, she is such a style queen.
Which living person do you admire most and why?
Cardi B, she seems to be true to her authentic self and she makes some of the hippest noises. I love a good sound effect.
What is your most treasured possession?
My upright piano. Her name is Felicia and I inherited her from a family member.
It’s your round. What are you drinking?
Dream gig to do:
Blue Note (Tokyo, Japan).
What makes you stand out?
My ability to adapt to new environments and situations fast.
Maya-Papaya, Maya the Bee, Airport (because all I do is, ‘com-plane, com-plane, com-plane’).
If you were not a musician, what would you do?
I would be an interior decorator.
Who would play you in a Hollywood blockbuster and why?
Jennifer Lopez, because a girl can dream!
Pick five words to describe yourself?
Emotional, indecisive, loyal, empathetic and hungry.
Five favourite SA albums:
Pieces of Africa - Kronos Quartet Out Time - Melanie Scholtz Leyland - Josie Field This is My World - Concord Nkabinde A Cry, A Smile, A Dance - Judith Sephuma
Greatest movie ever made:
Beetlejuice, directed by Tim Burton.
What books are you reading?
At the moment, I am re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert and Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.