Exclusive Interview with Makeida for ATI Magazine.
Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, what would your message be?
The chapters of your life are not your full story. So keep evolving. Turn the pages and keep going. It’s so important to know yourself. Know your value and let go of fear and just go for it.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you was not an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
I started as a young dancer from the age of 7 and fell in love with music at a very young age. But I made a turning point from dance to music after I watched the movie the Sound of Music. I was instantly captivated and became obsessed with the movie. I use to ask my mother to put the movie on every single day and it got so bad that my mum had finally said I had watched it over 50 times. On top of my obsession with the movie the Sound of Music. Seeing Micheal Jackson in London at the age of 9 was like a light in a tunnel and I just knew that that was what I was meant to be doing, singing and music. I couldn’t imagine my life without music. But if I had never fallen in love with music, I think I would be a psychologist or working in charity helping children.
Q3: When pursuing your dreams how do you deal with those closed doors and obstacles that arise and not let them get in your way?
The road to success isn’t easy straight and it isn’t easy. But what keeps me going when I am met with a closed door or obstacles is my deep belief in myself and determination to prove them wrong. I remember not getting booked for festivals that I really wanted. At the time I was disheartened, but I used the pain as fuel and came up with a street team called Makeida World. When they wouldn’t book me for the festivals, me and my street team of (up to 80) girls would take over the ground by handing out flyers and promoting my music. It took a lot of courage. It hadn’t been done before by another female in the UK and that really helped me to get my name out and to become a force not to be reckoned with. Rejection can either make you stronger or bitter. I refuse to give up and that’s what keeps me going. I also keep my trust in God and believe that all things are possible with God. So when I feel weak, I draw my strength from God.
Q4: What is the best thing about living your dreams?
Waking up in the morning knowing that you are living in a wish that you once created. It’s a feeling I can’t explain. All I can say is that I feel grateful every day. I am on a journey and I have really learned to appreciate this journey that I am on. The dream is greater than anything I could have ever imagined. When I was a little girl I used to dream the dream and life happens and the dreams you have are like the lights in the night that guide you onto the right path.
Q5: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
I listen to motivation every single day. I read quotes, I read books that can help me go to the next level. I listen to speeches made by my mentors (Oprah Winfrey, Les Brown, Tony Robins, Steve Jobs, TD Jakes)
Q6: What song lyric means the most to you and why?
I have many song lyrics that I really relate to in some way, but one of my favorite song lyrics is Sugar Love. Sugar Love is still one of my favorites because when I wrote the song, I was writing from an authentic place that I was going through and this was mixed with a wishful energy. At the time I just thought it was a song that I didn’t think was realistic but then I sent the draft version out to my close friends and family and there was an immediate, we want more! And everyone that heard the song could relate to it and then it became a success because the masses also could relate, for this reason, Sugar Love is one of my favorite song lyrics.
Q7: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learned from it?
That’s a really good question. I have so many… I think traveling to Atlanta for my first ever US tour that started in Atlanta. That was the first time I had ever performed in front of an audience outside of the UK. Seeing people dance to my songs and really get into it was such an amazing moment. I never forgot the feeling of hearing my songs on the speakers in a country that I had only dreamed about going to. I learned that hard work and determination pays off if you don’t give up. I also learned that if you believe in yourself and I mean really and truly believe in yourself anything is possible. That was such a magic moment for me. 🙂
Q8: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
Yes, there are a few things I would change if I could. I’m not going to give you a candy floss answer. I have made mistakes and I do believe that my mistakes have made me stronger and wiser and who I am today. If I could tell the me of yesterday anything that would be to get up, stand up and move forward faster when faced with setbacks. That way you don’t allow setbacks to set you back even longer than necessary.
Q9: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
In two years I look forward to two new albums and beautiful catalog of amazing music/songs that the world can relate to that inspires, uplifts, helps release and brings joy and healing to people’s hearts and lives.
Q10: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
I am who I am because of everything that I have been through including my background and my influences. Being a singer/songwriter is the result of everything that I have been through. Music has given my life purpose and direction. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for my background and influences.
Q11: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
I would love to collaborate with Ed Shereen someday because I like his songwriting topics and voice and I think the collaboration would be so amazing and dynamic like a firework.
Q12: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
Always keep evolving. I’ve learned that we are all perfect but we are not complete and so i’ m dedicated to constantly evolving as a woman, an artist and as a human being.
Q13: What positive message have you internalized the most in life so far?
Be true to yourself. Know yourself completely.
Q14: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
My song Fly is a beautiful soundtrack for my life. Tells a story about letting go, rising above and flying. Which pretty much means forgetting the haters, doubters, obstacles and fears and just let go and fly.
You can’t always please everyone and you was not born to please everyone. But you can learn to please yourself and love yourself always.
Q15: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears?
My biggest dream is to create a body of music that inspires, unites and heals the world one song at a time.
Q16: What is next for you?
New music. I am currently in the studio recording. I have a new album coming out in October.
Q17: What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams?
Believe in yourself. Work on your craft and don’t stop evolving. We were made to change.
Q18: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
You can follow me on Instagram: @MakeidaMusic or Facebook/MakeidaMusic