Maxie Dickinson has been making music in some way shape or form for nearly her whole life. These works have spread across a wide range of styles and genres, but her new project Maxie and the Wells takes a more experimental approach to making music. Maxie uses a combination of guitar, synth, vocals, drums, and does it all on her own. I interviewed Maxie about her music recently, so please enjoy her music and her words on it.
When and how did you start making music?
I started music when I was about six. I come from a musical family. My Father is a piano technician and really encouraged me and my sister to get involved creatively. Then around the age of 8 I started playing guitar which is when I really got into writing my own music.
What inspires you to making music?
It’s something I’ve always done. Maybe I feel like I have something to prove? Or something? But being honest with myself I feel like I use it as therapy.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Sooooo many influences, but this CD specifically was influenced by Say Anything, Tune Yards, Rubble Bucket, and Yellow Ostrich.
What can you say about Maxie and the Wells?
Maxie and the Wells is a one-Woman-band. I was interested in performing multiple instruments at once without any help with loop pedals and such. Besides that, this project is about imperfection. It’s about expressing my own imperfections. I wanted to expose the imperfections in my voice, specifically. I want honesty in all aspects in my life and trying to polish off my voice and music production feels forced and dishonest in a weird way.
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What can we expect next? Anything else in the works?
I am constantly making work and will continue to release work. Will it be Maxie and the Wells? I don’t know. Either way, I know I want to continue performing with multiple instruments at once and want to making music that is honest to me.
Enjoy, my friends.