Discover Benelux, Issue 76, April/May 2020

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Discover Benelux  |  Culture  |  New Music Special

very much a trial and error process, as it was extremely important to me that the songs reflect their sentiment accurately. Mental health can be a very heavy subject to make art about and I also wanted to make sure it wouldn’t come across like a chore.

DB: You have a classical music background. What is your first musical memory? MM: My first musical memory is coming down the stairs around my fifth birthday and seeing my first cello on the sofa, I remember being on cloud nine! Growing

up, most of my musical inspirations were classical cellists — especially Jaqueline Du Pré and Mischa Maisky, but once I got my hands on a swing CD in my early teens I became absolutely obsessed with Ella Fitzgerald. And then when Norah Jones’ first album came out, I was in love. Both of those obsessions have not subsided.

DB: You received some great reviews for Feathers. What’s next in the pipeline for you? MM: In the future I’d like to tour. I want to travel the world and make people happy

by playing my music and I want to continue to create music for the rest of my life. I am also working towards finishing my first novel, so if I could be a published author, too, that would be pretty sweet. There are obviously also dreams like winning a Grammy and writing a Bond theme song, but in general my ambition is to keep being creative and make a living out of that.

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