Posted On 16 Sep 2015
Tag: All Access, All Access Music Group, Artist Interview, Børns, Bruce Springsteen, Buzzfeed, Ed Sheeran, Electric Love, Fleetwood Mac, Go Your Own Way, Letfield NYC, Life Of A Perpetual Quitter, Lovecraft, Maggie Trapani, New York Won't Love You, Open Road, Route 66, Singer-Songwriter, Taylor Swift, The Bitter End, The Grand Canyon, The Local NY, Thunder Road, Vampire Weekend
At just 22 years old, the singer-songwriter, Maggie Trapani is already making a name for herself. In July, she released her debut EP, “Life of a Perpetual Quitter” and it is filled with adventure, first experiences, relationships, and living out your dream – all themes near and dear to her heart.
Her mission to live life to the fullest and share stories of her experiences is perfectly displayed in her video for “Open Road,” which you can see here – https://youtu.be/0lKzrzzX3PM
Learn more about Maggie in the following All Access interview:
You are about to release your debut EP “Life Of A Perpetual Quitter”. What’s that feel like?
It’s been amazing! I’m so excited to finally have recorded music out there and I can’t wait to see what people think.
So tell me, are you a perpetual quitter? Where does the EP title come from?
No, I don’t think I am! It was inspired by all the people who thought that this pursuing music and songwriting was a bad idea, but I thought of it after I was visiting some friends and someone made an off-hand comment that so-and-so said I was “the type of person not to stick with anything”. A lot went into making this EP, and after all the times I heard how impractical a choice I was making, naming it “Life of a Perpetual Quitter” just kind of made it more satisfying for me! I think the title of the EP is what other people might see, but the songs are how I think of myself and my life!
Can you talk about your single “Open Road”? How do you hope to share your life experiences through your music?
It was inspired by a Buzzfeed article of old fashioned camping cruisers. I loved road trips! And there are always so many places to see, but I’ve also found that the following random attraction signs will usually get you to some cooler places. I almost always am writing about things that are happening either to me or around me, and I hope that listeners might be able to connect with that honesty!
Your video for “New York Won’t Love You” sounds really interesting. Can you describe it a bit? What was it like filming it?
It follows street performers and their struggle in New York City! I was really nervous going into it, because it was my first formal video. The music video for “Open Road” was just real footage my friends and I filmed on our road trip on the West Coast. Once we got into it though it was a ton of fun, and I think it came out really well so I can’t wait for it to be released!
It was awesome! I’m not sure I realized how music-filled my life was growing up, but it clearly had an effect! My mother will listen to probably anything and my father is big fan of classic rock.
What artists have continued to inspire you? Who would be your dream duet partner?
Artists like Vampire Weekend, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift who are always evolving but still continue to put out such great music. My dream duet partner would be Bruce Springsteen, without a doubt.
Why did you switch from the saxophone to the guitar? Do you ever play the sax now?
At the end of middle school, I wanted a change from playing the saxophone and I had some friends who were learning the guitar and I wanted in! I haven’t played in years, but I still have it, so who knows!
Tell me about competing in dance competitions? How often do you do that now?
They were a lot of fun! It was usually just a weekend of hanging out with friends, so no matter how well we did it was always a blast! I haven’t competed since I graduated high school.
I saw on your website, that you made a road trip playlist. Can you tell our readers a few of those songs that made your list? What’s been your favorite road trip experience?
“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen, “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac, and “Electric Love” by BORNS are some of my favorites from that playlist! Its a tie between our stops in Arizona from the “Open Road” video where we got to do some Route 66 and saw The Grand Canyon, and the first real road trip I ever took, which was to Nashville!
Where are you playing the rest of the summer? Where are you most excited to play at? What’s been your most memorable show so far?
I’ll be playing next month in New York, and maybe some other shows on the East Coast. I’ll be playing at The Local NY, and Letfield NYC, and Lovecraft, and anyone interested can follow me on social media to find out more!
I think my most memorable performance so far has been at The Bitter End, where so many people have played!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
If anyone ever feels like saying hi, I love talking! About my music or anything else.