By Kieran Webber
Maya Postepski is an integral member of electro-dance band Austra, the percussionist/producer has also worked with Robert Alfons’ TRUST in addition to this her solo project to which she goes under the moniker of Princess Century which can only be described as “electronic space disco psychedelic zombie rave”.
The second Album “Progress” is out now via Paper Bag Records and can be streamed on soundcloud.
We caught up with Maya to discuss the latest album and her influences.
Your music has a pretty large soundscape do you make the music yourself and do you have a particular process?
I make the music by myself in my apartment. I have no process, but I try to commit to writing every day- even if nothing good comes out of it, it’s important to commit to your craft and try something every day. Sometimes it’s a failure and other days it’s the best thing ever.
Have you always made electronic music and why did you decide to?
I studied Classical music my whole life but always had an affinity towards electronic music when I was growing up in Toronto in the 90’s. I was in love with trance and rave music and spent hours downloading as much as possible on Napster. Since then I’ve just been teaching myself how to make the kind of sounds I like to hear which are mainly revolving around analog synthesizers and polyrhythmic percussion.
What are your musical influences?
There’s so many and they are constantly changing but some key figures that stick around on my playlists forever include Gina X, Sade, Alice Coltrane, Selda Bagcan, Yoko Ono, Clan of Xymox, Malaria, Donna Summer etc.
At what age did you decide that you wanted to be a musician and why?
I started playing piano when I was 3, and I loved it. I was never good at anything else really. I’m obsessed with music.
“I studied Classical music my whole life but always had an affinity towards electronic music when I was growing up in Toronto in the 90’s”
You have played around Canada and Europe but is there a particular place that will always stay with you? Why?
I love traveling so touring is a very fun and attractive part of this career. My favourite places right now are Istanbul, Iceland, and New Zealand because those place feel more unique and unusual as many places tend to homogenize with a 21st century idea of culture.
What is your opinion on the Vinyl boom the past few years, do you see it as a positive thing?
I think it’s great because it forces you to listen to the entirety of an album- well at least for me it’s too annoying to get up and skip to a track. It’s the ideal way to listen to someone’s record because the artist always considers the running order of the tracks, and it’s a shame when people don’t read the whole story from start to end. Listening to music digitally is a different experience and I often find myself skipping ahead in an album or even within a track which is clearly not how it was made to be listened to. But I’m also not such a vinyl snob! I just like the slowness of it. Zen.
What is it about vinyl do you think that attracts music fans?
It’s a more beautiful, tangible format. The artwork actually looks great instead of being a tiny icon on a screen.
What couldn’t you live without?
What was the influence of your latest record?
Progress was made over a series of improvisations in my apartment. It came together naturally.
Do you have a particular track that stands out for you?
Fata Morgana is a special track that always makes me feel something deep. But I like Domestic a lot too- it kinda pumps me up.
My crystal ball is broken at the moment so what can we expect from you in the future?
I just moved to Brussels so I’ll be spending the long winter writing a lot of new music. And I will play some shows in Europe and DJ some time.