WHERE WE STAND MAGAZINE was able to snag an interview with MAIKI a 22-year-old Music producer and sound designer that makes all kinds of music. Originally from Finland he’s been living in Charleston SC most of this life and turning out some killer beats! He’s Influenced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E his sound is always changing, His following ranges in the thousands and is GROWING! Our favorite TRACK is The Mount Cleverest (MÄIKI REMIX) its a blend of elctro beats with killer indi Breaks. You Can definitely Hear his influences in his music!
He also has a Death metal vibe which is very distinctive, the blend between the two makes him a force to be wreaked with. We can’t wait to hear what he comes out with next!
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WWS: For some of our readers who might not know about you, tell us about yourself are you originally from Charleston?
MAIKI: I’ve been in Charleston for a large chunk of my life, I’m a 22-years-old dude that wears a hoodie all the time. Even when I shower. I make Electronic Music, Electro mostly. I’m either known for my hoody, my mask, or my big mouth. Whatever comes first.
WWS: When and why did you start playing?
MAIKI: I’ve been making tunes for ages now, since I was 14 years old. I’ve been playing out since 2012 as ‘MAIKI’. Granted, the ‘MAIKI’ project is only 2 years old. In 2012, I was booked to play a Bar by the name of ‘Johnson’s Pub’, by my buddy Kit Giles (DJ Skitch). I think I had just turned 19 at the time.
WWS: What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
MAIKI: I dunno to be fair, Electronic Death Metal? Metalectro? Metalstap? Deathlectro? Moon Demon Step? I just say my stuff is Electro.
WWS: Who are your major influences?
MAIKI: Justice, hands down. If it were not for those two Frenchmen, I would not even have tried to make music outside of chiptune. Their album ‘Cross’ really impacted me. I was like ‘Dude, I wanna make stuff like that!’ I’m inspired by several bands/artists too. The Beatles, Burial, Wretched, Slayer, and Skrillex to name a few.
WWS: When did you become a Producer?
MAIKI: When I was 14 I started messing around in Reason and Sony Acid after I heard Justice’s. I read that they had used Reason at the time aswell. Which made me want to use it. Let me just say it now, Reason is one tough cookie.
WWS: What inspired you to make music?
MAIKI: Justice. And the idea of making heavyweight tunes.
WWS: What top 5 tracks are you currently into?
MAIKI: Converge- Homewrecker, Skrillex- Fire Away, Kill Clinton- The Full Nelson, Marilyn Manson- The Fight Song, and Feed Me- Alarm Clock
WWS: What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
MAIKI: I absolutely enjoy the Music Farm here in Charleston, the staff are a lovely bunch of folks and I look forward to seeing all of them every time I’m booked there. I really had good time at Ground Zero in Spartanburg. Some of the greatest acts have been on that stage. There are few Venues that I don’t like, the one that I can say I have the most disdain for is Market Street Saloon.
WWS: Who are your favorite Producers you work with?
MAIKI: I’m weird about working with other artists. Due to past experiences I shove everyone away. The only person that I can work with at the moment is my good friend Clinton Snider (Kill Clinton).
WWS: What has been your biggest challenge as a Producer?
MAIKI: Before, it was having writer’s block. For me my biggest challenge at the moment is being 100% different from everyone else, while still appealing to the masses,if they are fad driven or not. Y’know?
WWS: Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
MAIKI: I might have, there’s a few Pop tunes that I’ve vandalized. Usually people receive them well. Usually.
WWS: What’s your ultimate direction AS A PRODUCER? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
MAIKI: I just want to raise is much hell as I can before I die. And I refuse to lie, I do want fortune. Fame is cool
WWS: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
WWS: What advice do you have for people who want to START PRODUCING?
MAIKI: NEVER go for a certain sound, it will just piss you off. If you want to be good, learn the foundations first. Learn about music theory, learn about additive synthesis, learn about spectral analyzers. It’s kinda like a tool belt of knowing about stuff. Like, who has a tool belt with JUST a wrench in there?
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