Mazie makes music that mixes modern malaise with vintage psychedelia. To escape from the everyday is to fall into Mazie’s tunes.
Mazie’s sound brings a nostalgia laced with an impending sense of doom fueled by a world in ever-deepening crisis to her latest record. She released her single “dumb dumb” last month, which caught the eyes and ears of The New York Times. Mazie has confirmed a September 26th slot at this year’s The Governors Ball in New York City along with her first national tour supporting COIN this fall. Today, the LA-based, Baltimore-raised musician shares her existential pop gem “make believe.” The new track is the latest from her upcoming debut EP, the rainbow cassette, out August 25th via Good Boy / Virgin Music.
Hear “make believe” here: https://mazie.lnk.to/makebelieve.
Written a few months after moving from Baltimore to Los Angeles, mazie and her producer / childhood friend Elie Jay Rizk crafted “make believe” in a place of immense gratitude. “Our lives were (and are) so amazing here that it was overwhelming,” notes mazie. “Elie and I also really share in existentialism and nihilism and were discussing how our lives innately have no meaning but the meaning we place in our lives is so special and that we are so f**king lucky to live the lives we do. Our families are very traditional and we were reflecting on how lucky we are to be able to pursue something so untraditional and that is exclusively in the pursuit of creativity and happiness.”
While mazie may be a stage name, it’s certainly not a character. The emotions behind the songs — the highs and lows and pain and hope and sadness and joy — are as real as can be, even when they all happen at the exact same time. She pairs fatalistic lyrics with shiny alt-pop arrangements that are as infectious as they are unpredictable. “The lyrics are the core piece to my songs,” mazie explains. “I feel like every song places a feeling of mine under a microscope and really allows me to dig into grander ideas and emotions I have towards those feelings.” This combination has seen the quick ascension mazie, with the rainbow cassette early singles resonating deeply with her peers, garnering close to 10 million streams to-date.
Want to catch Mazie at a live show? Tour dates below:
mazie 2021 tour dates
8.12 Minot, ND – Dak Jam Music & Arts Festival
09.26 The Governors Ball – New York, NY
11.29 Orlando, FL – House of Blues*
11.30 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor*
12.02 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore*
12.03 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*
12.04 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom*
12.06 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe*
12.07 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
12.08 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*
12.10 Columbus, OH – Express Live*
12.11 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall*
12.12 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre*
12.14 Boston, MA – House of Blues*
12.15 Philadelphia, PA – TLA*
12.17 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony*
12.18 New York, NY – Webster Hall*
12.19 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage*
*notes dates with COIN