We had the good fortune of connecting with Maze Overlay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maze, why did you pursue a creative career?
I grew up with my pops who was always playing music. He always had a guitar in his hands. I remember I would be talking to him as he sat there and just played at the same time. It was mainly Classic Rock and Blues. A lot of Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, and just a ton of classic artists. I was listening to The Doors and Bruce Springsteen when I was like seven years old. Music was always there. I saw my pops play live shows. He brought me on stage at this Irish Pub in Maryland when I was six or seven, and I’ll never forget that moment. I guess to a certain extent I wanted to be like him, this big rock star in my eyes. Although he has never had any major commercial success, he was my first music idol, and he was probably my first real inspiration to even try to write music. I got into Hip Hop because I grew up in the 90’s. Bone Thugs -N- Harmony was the first rap album my pops bought me when I was in 6th grade. I don’t think he knew what the lyrics were, but that record changed my life. Once I heard 2Pac, All Eyez on Me, the rest is history. All the music I heard growing up, my pops, and life experience in general is what made me want to eventually pursue the music and be a creator.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the greatest challenges, other than making it to this point was navigating through the music business, Anyone who’s made it will tell you, unless you have family money, or were born into a music family with connections, you have to grind extra hard and work towards your dream every day if you want to get there. I have had things happen organically and naturally at times, which have been blessings, but I’ve taken over a decade to refine my craft and get to where I’m at now. Tens of thousands of hours, studio time, writing, recording, mixing, performing. Tens of thousands of dollars, investing, paying producers and features. Nobody has my story. Nobody can do what I do. It’s cliche but thats how I feel about every artist. The way I look, my voice, my experience, is hella unique. People can almost tell just by looking at me, and I ain’t mad at that. I stand out for a reason. I was born to give the world this art. You can only give the world your true self, because there is only one “you”. That’s why its SO important to be authentic as an artist. Don;t try to be anyone else, just be you and when you express that at your highest potential, thats when the world will embrace you. And you have to make smart moves professionally. It’s never easy, but it pays off, and it’s worth it. I love the process, not just the end result.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m from North Side Phoenix, Arizona. My city is an interesting beast. First off, we heading to central Phoenix and hitting Pizzeria Bianco, because that’s just the local gem in the city. Shout out to Chris Bianco. Absolutely have to hit the Clever Koi, the drinks are off the chains, and the vibe is bananas. Connoisseur life to the fullest. Tarbell’s and Marcellino Ristorante are the best fine dining spots for me, gourmet excellence. Our craft food and drink scene is amazing, and it’s taken off over the last decade or so. Manor is my spot. The illest boutique in Phoenix hands down. Even shot a music video there. They hold the city down to the fullest, carry rare and exclusive retro and new releases. Just a must when it comes to shopping and getting fresh when you in Phoenix. All the locals who appreciate fashion, street wear, and even sports apparel shop there. Lux on central is my spot. Coffee, Spirits, and cuisine in one building. I get treated like I’m famous when I’m there. Love them. Camelback Mountain is a crazy hike and the view at the top is insane. If there is time, Sedona is like going to visit Mars. It’s insane. Red Rocks, crystal shops and vortex energy. Go there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Above all, my pops for the musical inspiration, and my mom for teaching me that I can make it through anything. Also, everyone who has ever supported me and encouraged me to continue to follow my dream and make music. I couldn’t have done this without all of them. The autobiography of Malcolm X changed my life. I owe a lot to him and Alex Haley, I wouldn’t be here without that book. Dead Prez and Nas saved my live through this thing called Hip Hop. Honestly, too many to mention.