An Afternoon with Maty Noyes

An Afternoon with Maty Noyes

The rising pop princess stopped by V to talk about her upcoming debut record and musical influences.

The rising pop princess stopped by V to talk about her upcoming debut record and musical influences.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Tell me about your latest song and upcoming record.

What people don’t know is I actually have three records done. I’ve been working on music since I was 12, and writing and recording since I was 15, so it’s been a long time coming. There’s probably three records on top of more songs. This new song "Say It To My Face" is explaining where I am in my life right now. Every song I’ve put up has been a story; staying in my mind was about this toxic relationship I was in where I was debating if I should stay in it for love and fight for it or if it was healthy and I wasn’t sure if it was right, and I stayed around too long. I ended it all and had a fresh start and told myself I’m never going to date again unless he’s a complete angel, and then about two months later I met someone really nice who was completely accepting about who I was. I’ve always been a peaceful person and I’ve never dated someone like me, and I started thinking are we ever going to have a fight? I started missing that reaction, and then realized that wasn’t healthy. So that’s what it’s about; catching myself and saying if something’s good, let it be good.

Do you feel that chaos breeds more creativity? Is it easier to write songs when you’re heartbroken? 

I feel like if you’re a real artist you’re crazy in some way. You experience really low lows and really high highs. You learn to love and appreciate the chaos. When you're happy, you don’t really know what to write about. So you have to find other things to write about too.

You’ve done several collaborations, a few of which have gotten really huge. Do you prefer collaborating or working alone?

Collaboration is key. It’s so fun to do stuff with other artists. Up to this point, my main reason to collaborate was so I could get my music out. When you’re signed to a big label there’s so many opinions… I’ve been signed for three years and I don’t have an album out yet. It’s a singles game. So if I write a song and I love the song, like Stay, and I know I can send it to a DJ and he’ll do a little something to it and it can come out, then yeah! I want to do that because I know I can get it out. But I want to do more stuff where it’s actual duets. I want to get in a room with Mark Ronson or Diplo and actually work together.

Kesha has been a staunch supporter of your career, and she’s been vocal about the issues of being a woman in the music industry. How do you deal with the mistreatment?

You have to have incredibly thick skin. All the horror stories people say are true: people taking advantage of you, people coming on to you, people trying to put their power over you because they know you’re young. I am sick of the way women are treated in our industry. I think we need to call people out and just not let it happen anymore, because it’s horrible. But Kesha, she is the most genuine person I’ve ever met. She’s just been so accepting and kind. We’re friends in real life. A lot of times when something big happens in the media like what happened with me and Kygo, women won’t speak out and have your back because they’re afraid of the backlash that will come to them. For her to not even care about that and to have my back, as a new artist just speaks volumes about the person she is.

You’ve lived in Nashville, LA, and come to New York a lot, how have they impacted your music style?

Living in the middle of nowhere Mississippi, you have to want to leave and be different. Growing up I was always the weird one, but I didn’t mind it, I took it as a compliment. Mississippi, there’s so much blues and great music that comes out of it that when you come from there, even if you go into pop you hold this real artistry thing with you where you’re just so into actual music.

Who do you remember as being the first musicians that impacted you?

My first love was Elvis. I was in love with him, obsessed. I listened to all of his music all day long. Elvis is from a town 30 minutes from where I grew up. There’s something in the water there, for sure. I love Johnny Cash, he was a great influence. My dad played a lot of good rock music. Then I got into the hipster phase with Arcade Fire, a lot of that stuff, old mixed with the vinyl’s they’d sell at Urban Outfitters.

What genre would you classify your new music as?

Some stuff I have, I did with a 50-piece orchestra and brought a lot of people who played on Michael Jackson’s records. We brought Sting’s drummer. That’s a special type of music I make where it’s like Adele meets Sam Smith on Frank Sinatra steroids, it’s crazy. Then I can rap as well, I have more of a Lana del Rey hip hop vibe, then I have my pop stuff.

Credits: PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAF TILLIS

Hair: @nomibeauty www.nomibeauty.com

Maty Noyes handled by Rhiyen Sharp at The Industry Model Management

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