Singer-song-writer and ex-Soho Doll, Maya von Doll is set to release her new single ‘Is This Love’ on December 10, 2012.
Maya’s new Moombahpop single – a genre pioneered by Dillon Francis and Diplo (Mad Decent) – is a collaboration with German DJ duo Robs & Duke. Maya contacted the German DJs after hearing their remix of Mad Decent artist ‘South Rakkas’ , and the three began to work together earlier this year. Robs & Duke have been featured twice on the Mad Decent label blog and all of their tracks are free downloads at: www.soundcloud.com/robsduke
The driving force behind electro-rock band Soho Dolls, Maya is a singer-songwriter with sass and style. Of Lebanese and English parentage, life in the UK started in Maya’s pre-teen years, fleeing the war that was tearing her homeland apart. This also proved to be the first step on a different kind of journey – one of musical discovery.
“My earliest memory of music had the sub bass provided by Syrian, Israeli, French, British and US artillery. We’d take cover from the bombs in the sandbagged ground floor entrance to our building in Beirut and I’d listen to the family Walkman on repeat to drown out the sound of shelling. It was my mother’s tape collection of Blondie, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode…”
She found her voice in song-writing and found herself forming a group in London called Soho Dolls. Signed to Alan McGee’s Poptones label, the band managed to clock up an impressive 3 million youtube views, toured the world regularly and had their songs featured on some massive TV shows including Gossip Girl, Nip/Tuck, Californication, Drop Dead Diva, The Hills and Vampire Diaries – gaining a loyal, global fan base along the way.
Upon splitting from the band, Maya honed her skills co-penning much of Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts’ debut album, ‘Cinderella’s Eyes’, including her first hit ‘Beat of My Drum’ (produced by Dimitri Tikovoi and Diplo).
“For Nicola, I’d imagined a ‘Pon de Floor’ style song that was overlaid with Uffie-like vocals and cheerleader chants… and everyone loved it. I was happy to bring a slice of the underground to the forefront of UK pop.”
The vivacious singer has locked horns with some of the biggest, most-forward thinking producers in the business – including Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo, The Horrors, Nicola Roberts), Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson), and MNEK (Misha B, Rudimental) and is currently working on her debut solo album.
“I fell in love with club music,” she explains. “I was obsessed with acts like Major Lazer, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots and the Ed Banger sound. Hearing those mind-blowing synths and super processed beats was like discovering real music as a teenager all over again. It was the first time in years that I was genuinely excited.”