At only 23 years old, Maggie Rogers already has everything of an icon. She was discovered by Capitol Records after singing her single « Alaska » in front of Pharrell Williams in a master class at New York University.
The young woman released her first album « Heard it in a past life » which you must have already heard the title « Give a little ». On this occasion we spoke with Maggie. Her interview is to discover below.
KODD MAGAZINE: Who is Maggie Rogers ?
MAGGIE ROGERS: I’m from Maryland, I am musician, producer and song writer and I love making music.
KM: And what about Maggie Rogers the artist ? Tell me more about you as an artist and your career ?
MR: I actually would say that Maggie Rogers the artist its me, I think that my music reflects what I am, my life… So i started writing songs when I was 12/13 years old and started producing music when I was in high-school and then I started studying music, producing and engineering and my last year of college a video of me and Pharrell Williams became viral on the internet so I signed at Capitol Records. After this I toured the world and took a little time off to figure it out what I really wanted to say after this big transition in my life and made this record.
KM: How did you started with Capitol ?
MR: This video of Pharrell Williams and me was on the internet and they saw it so then I met everyone, I loved the people that worked there and the history of the label and more specially the contract that was signing.
KM: Your first album will be out for next January 18th. How he was created ?
MR: I started writing in November and I met a lot of people from de label and I lived in New York for five years when I started toured and I moved back in my child home where I grew up at two hours of Washington DC then I started writing songs on my computer in my bedroom, to make this record I had to come back where everything begin. And then I made couple trips to LA and I realized that I really wanna learn more !
KM: There is any difference between your Ep « Now that the light is fading » your first album ?
MR: Yeah there are a big difference, I think the biggest thing is that I am adding more real instruments, my Ep was more electronic and inspired by dance music, it was more an experiment. I think I’m juste more confident on it, I finally feel like I find the way to make more creatives stuffs.
KM: Can you explain the transition or history behind both projects ?
MR: Yeah an album is a record of the time, so the Ep covered my last months of college when I was ending one period of my life, saying bye to a lot of people. And the record is very much about the beginning of my career and this giant change.
KM: Few words concerning the singles « Falling water », « Give a little » and « Light on » ?
MR: They all tells the biggest story about what happened to me, how I was feeling.
KM: Can you tell me more about each music video history ?
MR: «Give A Little » was so extreme intense, I had fun, my friends was involved, I really missed my friend so we spent the day in LA making video, It was really inspired by the skate culture that I love so much, so many images are so powerful. There are no a lot of female representations so it was important to me to recreate some of those images with women because there are so many strong female skateboarders. And for « Light on » I made it with a friend who’s a very talented photographer, behind her lence I feel permission to be very vulnerable. So we made this trip in Oregon to make images. It’s about finding yourself.
KM: What are your musical influences ?
MR: I use to love different kind of music, I love Yorke, David Burn, Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, I also love classic new soul.
KM: And the next step ?
MR: I think I juste gonna be on tour for the next two years, it’s really exiting !
KM: Any last word ?
MR: You know all the stuff I do I really care about it, songs, videos, production, everything is very important to me.
Interviewed by Angela Anz