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By Jack Irvin

Maggie Lindemann has actually constantly considered herself a paranoid individual. As a kid, it was the reason she had actually ask her mom to remain in her space until she dropped off to sleep. As an adult, it’s why she began sleeping with a switchblade under her pillow.

Combined with the massive amount of horror films Lindemann viewed at the time, nights when her roomie wasn’t house left her frightened, to state the least.

Her sharp reaction to fear was available in convenient as a direct motivation for “Knife Under My Pillow,” the pop punk-inspired very first single from her launching, Paranoia, out this Friday on Caroline Records. While the EP might be the vocalist’s first-ever job, she is by no indicates a rookie in the music industry. Maturing in Texas and carrying out with her local church choir, she constantly imagined singing professionally, and she moved to Los Angeles at 16 to pursue it. Like many other teens at the time, she began publishing cover videos online– not on YouTube, however on Keek, a now-defunct video platform that introduced in 2011.

After selecting up a following, her fans gathered to her Tumblr and Instagram pages, turning her into a full-blown influencer before the term– which she dislikes– even existed.

Lindemann expressed a similar belief in 2016’s aptly entitled “Pretty Lady,” an empowering, anthemic pop track that ended up being an international hit and captured the attention of 300 Entertainment, the record label she signed to that year. Thinking about the track has been streamed well over a billion times to date, and its follow-up, infectious dance bop “Consumed,” boasts nearly 100 million streams, you ‘d believe the vocalist would have followed up the tremendous success with an album. But behind the scenes, she wasn’t a fan of the music she was putting out.

” I disliked being this bubblegum-pop woman.

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She decided to shift her sound to much better show her own music taste, citing acts like Sleeping With Sirens and Avril Lavigne as significant inspirations. “I enjoy heavy drums, heavy electrical guitars. I always wished to shout. I used to practice my screams when I was young,” Lindemann remembers. “I seemed like my entire life was pop-punk, and after that I was pop, and it simply felt so unusual.” In 2018, she launched the emo, melancholic “Would I” and “Buddies Go,” a No Doubt-influenced track that got a hardcore remix from Blink-182’s Travis Barker. Just as she was finally settling into a sound she determined with, things took a dark turn.

On June 21, 2019, she was asked to leave the phase throughout a performance in Malaysia, where she was then detained by migration police for not having the proper work permit visa. The incident was reportedly due to negligence on behalf of the visa representative, who was later on fined over $7,000 After the program, Lindemann was put in jail for 24 hours before getting released to her hotel room, where she was forced to remain for five days before she could fly home. “It’s all such a blur, but generally we had to go and resemble, ‘Look, we had no idea. We don’t schedule these things,'” she information. “We were facing perhaps five years in prison for being there illegally and possibly deportation. It was simply terrible.”

At the time, she felt she was being enjoyed in her hotel room, only aggravating her preexisting stress and anxieties.

However it likewise pushed Lindemann to “wish to make much better music” and lastly get a job out into the world, and this time she wanted to call the shots– which indicated parting methods with 300 Entertainment in favor of Caroline Records and her own label, Swixxzaudio. Within a week of returning home from the trip, she hit the studio and made the grim, guitar-driven “Various,” the first song composed for Paranoia, in addition to the very first track she’s ever co-produced.

From that point, the songs kept streaming, and quickly adequate she had an EP’s worth of material. While brand-new tunes like the ear-shattering screamo track “Gaslight!” and metallic, aggressive banger “Scissorhands” are a far cry from the sleek pop of “Pretty Girl,” the musician feels like her noise completely lines up with her character for the very first time. “I used to always see remarks like, ‘I love her Instagram, I enjoy her style, but her music doesn’t match,’ and it always would drive me insane ’cause I resemble, ‘Ugh, I know. I want it, too, so bad.’ And I feel like it lastly does,” states Lindemann. “What you see is who I am, for sure.”

In reality, she’s felt so inspired by her new sound that she’s currently hard at work on an album to come after Fear

If it were up to Lindemann, the next step would be to head out on a headlining tour, which she was planning to do prior to the pandemic counter in March. Above anything else, her goal is simply to show herself as an artist once and for all: “I simply wish to reach people that I haven’t reached yet, and I hope that people will take me more seriously– and not think of me as a web individual who decided to make music or something.”

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Music
  • Maggie Lindemann


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