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#MusicExchange: Maya Spector

Vocalist and songwriter Maya Spector will perform with Mark Goliath, Andre Webb, Angelo Syster and Liam Webb at her Honey, Heartache & Lockdown show this Saturday. The intimate evening performance will be filled with a mix of heartfelt original songs from her 2020 debut album, Honey & Heartache and new songs that she wrote during lockdown.


“I've known the players for years and they are all just such fantastically talented and dedicated musicians,” Spector says.

I caught up with Maya Spector last week:

BizcommunityThe new decade means...

More compassion and more fluidity.

BizcommunityFame is about...

Giving back to the communities you come from.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when...

I can’t find the energy to perform anymore and when I’ve saved enough of a nest egg to live a comfortable, chilled life.

BizcommunityI don't do:

I have discovered I’m not really into hiking. I like a good solid, flat walk. The incline ain’t my thang.

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?

Music to me is best summed up in a little personal quote I use: “I don’t live for music, I live because of it.”


BizcommunityMy music is about:

The adventures and mis-adventures of my dear heart.

BizcommunityI would love to co-write with:

Jimmy Nevis.

BizcommunityWhere do you go for inspiration to create?

The dog park, to people watch.

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Definitely that I hardly ever have to wake up early and sit in traffic.

BizcommunityThe song you must do in every show:

My original song entitled My Simple Little Song because it always makes me smile and it turns into a sing-along, even if the audience doesn’t know it at first.

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?

I’m a super clumsy person and I’ve tripped (and sometimes fallen) on stage more times than I can count, especially when I’m in heels.

BizcommunityMy heroes:

My mother, Ruth Jacobs-Spector, and my father, Brooks Spector. They have both overcome great hardships in their lives and have made it possible for me to live and have the life I have today. And all the people that protect our earth’s wildlife.

BizcommunityMy style icon:

Tracee Ellis-Ross, she is such a style queen.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?

Cardi B, she seems to be true to her authentic self and she makes some of the hippest noises. I love a good sound effect.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

My upright piano. Her name is Felicia and I inherited her from a family member.



BizcommunityIt’s your round. What are you drinking?

Pink drinks.

BizcommunityDream gig to do:

Blue Note (Tokyo, Japan).

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

My ability to adapt to new environments and situations fast.

BizcommunityNicknames:

Maya-Papaya, Maya the Bee, Airport (because all I do is, ‘com-plane, com-plane, com-plane’).

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?

I would be an interior decorator.

BizcommunityWho would play you in a Hollywood blockbuster and why?

Jennifer Lopez, because a girl can dream!

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself?

Emotional, indecisive, loyal, empathetic and hungry.

BizcommunityFive favourite SA albums:

Pieces of Africa - Kronos Quartet
Out Time - Melanie Scholtz
Leyland - Josie Field
This is My World - Concord Nkabinde
A Cry, A Smile, A Dance - Judith Sephuma

BizcommunityGreatest movie ever made:

Beetlejuice, directed by Tim Burton.

BizcommunityWhat books are you reading?

At the moment, I am re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert and Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?

Don’t’ Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.

BizcommunityWho do you love?

My furbabies - Lilu and Lala.


BizcommunityWhat is your favorite word?

Deliciousness.

BizcommunityFavorite fashion garment:

Gold-hooped earrings.

BizcommunityGive us some real proper slang and what it means:

I don’t really use ‘proper’ slang, I just make up things as I go along, for example, ‘Plesieriel’ meaning ‘You’re really welcome’.

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list:

To go skydiving.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement:

Recording a self-funded album.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?

Loud noises and hunger.

BizcommunityWhat is your fear?

That I’ll lose my sense of humour.

BizcommunityHappiness is:

The path of least resistance. Sleeping with lots of blankets on the bed, eating Japanese food everyday and sitting in the sun.

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to...

Tell the back stories to what inspired all my songs and how I’ve met the band members that I’m playing with, no matter how embarrassing the stories are for me or the band.



BizcommunityThe best life lesson you have been taught:

Everyone has a role to play in your life. You just get the choice to decide if you want to continue playing alongside them.

BizcommunityDo you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV?

I have never been interested in sports.

BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?

On stage.

BizcommunityDo you do charity work and if you do, what do you do?

Pre-Covid-19 times I used to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, called Souper Troopers and I taught music at a couple community centres around the city.

BizcommunityWishes and dreams:

That my music will help me to see more of the world. World tour is big on the dreams agenda.


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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
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