Meet The Muse: Maya Lane – The Hippie Shake
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Meet The Muse: Maya Lane

06 May 2024

We’re truly enamoured of our newest campaign imagery. The location, the photography, the styling… But one thing in particular stands out. In a collection inspired by Joni Mitchell we were absolutely honoured to work with musician Maya Lane as our model & muse.

She completely embodies the mood and aesthetic of Visions Of The Canyon and we couldn’t be more excited to have her as the face of these pieces.

Want to know a little more about Maya? We caught up with her below and asked her to introduce herself & her music to you dreamers…

For our followers who are new to your music, how would you describe your sound?

I would describe my sound as pop with country folk influences!

What were your musical beginnings?

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing, performing or writing songs, it’s always been my biggest passion. When I was four I was given a tennis racket for my birthday, which I immediately turned upside down and started playing it like a guitar. Shortly after I got a real one and started vocal and guitar lessons! I began playing shows, gigs and festivals at the age of 12 and haven’t stopped since! I feel extremely lucky I get to do something I love every single day :)

Are there any artists that are big inspiration for you? Or is there one record that jumps out as hugely influential to you?

I grew up listening to a wide range of music from rock to reggae to hip hop, but the music that really stuck and resonated with me was the folk and country music of the 60s/70s. I’ve always been really influenced by artists like Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac and how timeless their music is. I also take a lot of inspiration from more current artists like HAIM and Kacey Musgraves (Golden Hour is one of my all time favourite albums)!

As a singer songwriter, what is one song you'd wish you'd written?  

Oooo this is such a hard question as I feel like there’s an ever growing list of songs!! The first song that comes to mind is ‘Slow Burn’ by Kacey Musgraves.

As a musician based in London, how does the city influence your creative process?

I feel very lucky to have grown up somewhere as diverse and inspiring as London. Having easy access to so many creative spaces from art galleries to multiple music venues is amazing. I also like to do something called an ‘imagination walk’, which basically consists of me wandering around outside and talking or singing into my notes app and voice memos, I often start my best song ideas this way. London is such a great place to do this as there is always something new or interesting around every corner.

How does your music influence your personal style, and vice versa?

I am a very visual person so they definitely both connect together and influence each other. Like with my music, I’m really inspired by the 70s when it comes to my style. I love the quality and freedom in the art that was created in the 70s. The fashion and music felt so timeless, with much more individuality and high quality of products, from the way the flared jeans were made to the style of writing in songs. I like to tie the two together and get so excited creating looks and outfits to match the vibe or ideas I have for my songs, music video and shows!

We know you’re a big vintage fan! Can you tell us some of your favourite vintage finds or any wardrobe pieces you can’t live without?

I’m a huge fan! I got into vintage clothes/shopping via my mum, who would take me around antique markets and fairs. As a kid I was slightly scared (I had a vivid imagination and would worry ghosts would come out of the clothes at night!) but now I am fascinated by the past stories of each item holds.

One of my favourite vintage finds is a pair of beige cowboy boots I found at a car boot sale for £50 (they were originally £300!). I also have a long suede jacket with a fur collar, which I call my ‘trusty coat’, it’s definitely one of my most reached for vintage pieces. I try to be very careful and take good care of my clothes as I know how delicate vintage is, but I swear this coat actually has some magical powers of its own, as it’s had red wine and hot chocolate spilled on it, both of which have remarkably disappeared!

We loved working with you on the campaign shoot for Visions of the Canyon and seeing you rocking the collection. Did you have any favourite pieces?

I loved working with you as well, it was such a fun day. I honestly loved every single piece and had the most amazing time being able to spend the day trying on and modelling the outfits. I think one of my favourite looks was the first look we shot, with the Woodstock window pane flares and the free darling patchwork halter, I think it’s a perfect go to look that you can wear for any occasion!

What’s important for you when planning your stage outfits?

For me there are quite a lot of factors that go into picking an outfit from the vibe of the show/venue, to the practicality. On stage I play the guitar as I sing, so my first thought is always  ‘can I actually play and move my arms in this?! I LOVE a big flowy sleeve moment but sometimes it can be a little impractical when playing an instrument, so I will save those outfits for photo or video shoots. Another really important thing is making sure I actually feel confident in what I’m wearing and it ‘feels like me’. I don’t want to spend the performance worrying about what I look like. I’m also a proud outfit repeater, I think in the world we live in with such fast moving trend cycles and high consumerism its so important to rewear and rework outfits and pieces, so if there is a look I’ve worn previously and loved, I will rewear it!

What advice would you give to young artists in the industry or thinking about starting out?

It sounds so cliche, but I would say my best advice is to be yourself and trust your gut! It’s so easy to get caught up in what or who’s doing well and start comparing and doubt what you’re doing. I really believe that if you are creating and sharing music that you love and is authentic to you then the right people will find it! So keep going (learn from the knock backs) and be yourself!

What can we expect from you musically in the upcoming year? Any new releases or exciting projects on the horizon?

I have so many exciting things happening this year! I’ve been releasing  lots of new music and am preparing for the release of my 2nd EP (which is coming very soon) as well as touring and gearing up to play more festivals and shows!

You can follow Maya at @mayalaneuk & find out more about her music and upcoming shows HERE.

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