Maggie Lindemann Is More Than Just A Pretty Face

Maggie Lindemann Is More Than Just A Pretty Face

The future pop star opens up about her online persona, sexuality, and future music.

The future pop star opens up about her online persona, sexuality, and future music.

Text: Ilana Kaplan

Los Angeles-based pop singer Maggie Lindemann may have started out as an internet celebrity (she has nearly two million Instagram followers), but she’s become so much more than that. When she first gained attention, it was for her viral videos and social media presence, but her talent for making music wasn’t far behind. With an ethereal voice that parallels Lana Del Rey, Lindemann delivers songs about heartbreak, love, and female empowerment.

Back in 2015, Lindemann released her first two singles, “Couple of Kids” and “Knocking on Your Heart,” showing her penchant for pop music. Last year, she returned with two more electric singles, “Things” and most notably, “Pretty Girl,” a song that she wanted to make to empower other girls like herself.

For Lindemann, 2017 is looking to be a big year for her. She’s planning to release a bigger body of work and finally tour her music. Before she breaks out, we caught up with Lindemann about regretting sharing on social media, what her new music will sound like and opening up to her fans about her sexuality.

What made you want to come out with the song “Pretty Girl,” and how does it play into our current culture?

I’m on social media and a lot of people just see me as someone that doesn’t have a personality—just a "pretty face" on social media and that’s it. In life too, a lot of people view girls as just a "pretty face," and they don’t really look past that. I wanted to put a song out there that there’s so much more to us than just that. We have a lot to offer—we have goals. We’re still people, and we still make mistakes.

What criticisms have you gotten in the past that led you to write this song?

A lot of people always say, "oh she’s pretty, but she’s dumb" or "oh, she’s pretty, but what else does she do?" People don’t really look past your physical appearance. Obviously it’s a compliment to say I’m pretty, but obviously I have more qualities than that. Also, people assuming they knew who I was based on what I tweet or what I post.

You’ve staggered releasing songs over the past year or so. Do you have an EP coming out soon?

We’re working on a bigger project, whether that’s an EP or an album. I can’t really say what yet, but we are working on something bigger.

Do you have plans to collaborate with anyone coming up?

No, I don’t have any plans to. I’m trying to work on my own thing and then when I get that down, I’ll definitely do collaborations. For now, though, I’m working on my own stuff.

Do you think you’d have the platform you have now if you didn’t have your social media presence before?

Yes, but I think social media has definitely helped a lot because social media is such a big part of today’s era. It’s such an easy way to express yourself and get the word out.

What made you want to open up about your sexuality to the public?

Because it's a big part of my life and who I am and I felt ready.

What do you have to say to people who were questioning the authenticity of being open about it?

If people were questioning it, they probably have never been through it. It's emotional and scary.

What helped you be comfortable with opening up about your sexuality?

I don't think anything really helped me be "comfortable" it was more or this is who I am and you either take me or leave me.

How do you think your song has evolved since your first single has come out?

I’m still trying to figure out my sound. I know what I want to make. I’ve loved all the songs I’ve made—I think they’re all amazing, but I’m still growing. Starting out, it was a very young sound, which changed into a sultry pop sound that’s poppier, but I think I’m going to go back to a sultry pop sound because that’s what I really like.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as a musician thus far?

I think never to give up, to stay true to myself and be myself. Also never take anyone’s shit. Say what you think is right, always.

Who did you grow up listening to and how have they influenced your music?

I grew up listening to Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and Miley Cyrus. I grew up listening to a wide variety of music. I grew up listening to a lot of country music—I’m from Texas, so we listen to a lot of country. I think that listening to all those different types of music just made me want to do music. All of these types of genres, visions, and sounds always motivated me and made me want to sing.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Hopefully on a world tour and doing an awards show. I just want to be doing the same thing. I want my songs to be on the radio—that’s one of my biggest things.

Can you give any information as to what your next single will sound like?

It’s going to be a new sound that people aren’t expecting. The next one will not be as happy and upbeat—it’ll be a little more emotional.

Is there anything you’ve ever regretted putting out on social media?

Definitely. I’ve spoken my opinion on topics I honestly didn’t know anything about. I felt like I should say something, but at the time I know I shouldn’t have. I put some info out on myself where I was like, "why did I do that?" It was an impulsive decision. I definitely toned down on social media. I regret putting a lot of my life out there.

Will you be touring soon, and who would you love to tour with?

We’re looking at tours now, and we’re trying to get on one. We’re just trying to find the perfect one for me. I’m definitely going to be touring this year. I’d love to open for a lot of people. My dream is to do something with Miley Cyrus—I love her so much. I would love to tour with Lana Del Rey. Honestly, I love so many artists, and pretty much being on tour with anyone would be an honor.

Is there a theme that resonates throughout your music?

I think all of my songs tell a story. All of them will have a story—I don’t think any music I make will be pointless. They’re about breakups, missing someone, being in love and women empowerment.

How do you want to set an example for future young, female artists?

I just want people to know that they can always be themselves and always stay true to themselves. I want them to know they don’t need to do something that isn’t them. I want them to know they can always believe in themselves and know they can stay strong and keep going.

Credits: Article cover photo courtesy of Instagram.

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