In “Meeting Maeve: Local singer set to rock the world,” Vicki Wheaton (Cayman Compass) interviews a new artist from the Cayman Islands, Maeve (whose real name is Arianna Broderick.
Considering the small size of the Cayman Islands, a significant number of local musicians, artists and models have made waves in the international markets. Jason Gilbert, Selita Ebanks, Sarah McTaggart, Frank E. Flowers, Nik Stewart, Grace Gealey and Isy Obi have all enjoyed success in the U.S. and beyond, and now another is joining their ranks.
Arianna Broderick, performing under her artist name Maeve, has just released the first song from her new album. The track is called “Empty,” and according to thelineofbestfit.com, it is “a melting pot of exquisite experimentation and sounds like nothing you’ll have heard before. “A strong debut that acts as a statement of Maeve’s creative intent and ambition as an artist and it’s anyone’s guess where her experimentation will take her next.”
Her video can be seen on YouTube and it doesn’t take long to realize Maeve’s talent. The song and her voice are both unique and completely different from anything I’ve heard before. She has created her own sound, which is what you need in this business to make your mark. I personally can’t wait to see her career blossom, but in the meantime, here is an interview with Maeve, talking about what drives her and her hopes for the future.
Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Grand Cayman.
At what age did you realize you had a thing for music and what sparked the interest? Music has always been a massive part of my life. I don’t have a first memory of it because it’s always been around me. Growing up, my family always played music in the house and everyone sang and played instruments. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I started teaching myself guitar when I was 14 and discovered songwriting. It was perfect because it combined the two things I loved to do the most – sing and tell stories. From then on, I was completely addicted and that’s when I started locking myself in my room to write music for hours on end.
How old were you when you picked up your first instrument? I played the violin and cello when I was really young, but picking up the guitar was the most influential instrument for me. I got it for my 14th birthday and that day I started learning from YouTube videos and looking up chords online. Then I started playing at open mic nights and doing gigs around the island. I then moved on to teach myself piano, which was around the time I picked up producing as well. Initially, I learned how to produce because I found it hard to let people know in words what I wanted the music to sound like. Then, like songwriting, I became absolutely obsessed with production and it became another layer of creation in my music. I write all of my own songs and produce. I have a little desk in my room which is my studio area and that’s normally where a song starts. [. . .]