In the studio where she recorded her debut record, mxmtoon plays select cuts from throughout her discography. The indie pop superstar breaks down her pop songs to just her own vocals and ukulele, displaying the true intimacy of her songwriting. The Live From My Den episode also features Maia grabbing lunch from Xi’an Famous Foods, a nostalgic spot for her in New York. She talks to Variety about how moving to New York influenced the writing process for rising, how the album distinguishes itself from her debut The Masquerade, and coping with imposter syndrome in the music industry. Mxmtoon is a unique voice in pop music, and her unflinching vulnerability is clear as ever in this episode.
“Live from My Den” is a digital series available on Variety.com showcasing some of today’s most extraordinary artists performing live from the creative spaces of their homes, studios, and cities most meaningful to them. Read the article and watch Maia’s full episode here.
The indie pop superstar breaks down her pop songs to just her own vocals and ukulele, displaying the true intimacy of her songwriting.
Maia, professionally known as mxmtoon (pronounced m x m toon), has achieved stardom with her sweet, crisp vocals and the strum of her ukulele. A true creative, Maia began releasing music on YouTube in 2017, using items in her family’s guest bedroom to produce percussion tracks. Her 2019 album The Masquerade featured the viral single “Prom Dress,” and the album helped her cross from internet celebrity to acclaimed artist and lyricist. Mxmtoon’s second studio album rising further expands her sonic palette and proves she’s a pop star to be reckoned with.