When did you first start making music and what led you there?
I first started playing music as a child. My first instrument was violin and then piano, but it wasn’t until I was about 13 that I started to want to write my own songs.
What was the creative decision process behind incorporating spoken word into your music?
It was something that happened really organically. I’m a big believer in manifesting and moving to Melbourne and writing my own poetry was something I had set out to do in 2015. I just didn’t realise how much was going to come out of it. When I started, I could only really write a paragraph and now I can’t shut up.
How did this lead to the penning of Coming Home to Yourself?
Coming Home to Yourself is a series of poems I wrote in my first two years of living in Melbourne. It’s about becoming your own person by going through the hard process of looking at your past, present and future self. I talk a lot about belonging, accepting yourself, home, family, relationships with friends, boys and most importantly the relationship with yourself.
What can we expect from your upcoming launch show at Red Betty?
Fire. We have three female powerhouse poets – Saint Jorge, Maja Amanita and myself sharing our most authentic truths. All of us are vulnerable, passionate women who have something important to say.
Maja launches her new book Coming Home to Yourself at Red Betty on Thursday September 12. Tix are available via Eventbrite standalone or with a copy of a signed book. Check out what Maja is up to via her Facebook page.