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Interview: Maia Hirasawa On Producing Her Debut Album and Her First American Gig. (Which is Tonight!)

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Maia Hirasawa at Maison 140 I Photo by Benjamin Hoste for LAist.

I'm used to conducting interviews at the back of 7-11s or at Target or a local coffee shop. So when I was told to meet Maia Hirasawa at a swanky little hotel in Beverly Hills called Maison 140, which requires that I mention it in the article in order for me to take pictures there (Mentioned!) it felt odd. Not just odd, but so un-rock n' roll. The host had reserved us tables at their bar which was packed with business men.

As I began the interview, there was a rumble of interest when these men in suits realized we were talking about music. Words like "album" and "producing" got them all excited and by the end of the interview the entire room was listening to what we were saying. There were whispers of "Who is that?" and many a glance was snuck at Maia. It was great. Buzz had been created merely buy ordering drinks and shooting the shit. Not bad considering Maia had been on US soil for less than 24 hours.

Maia Hirasawa is a singer/songwriter from Sweden that has had enormous success in her native country with her debut album Though, I'm Just Me which she wrote, produced, and recorded herself. She's looking to conquer abroad with her hit single And I Found This Boy and plays her first US gig ever tonight at the Hotel Cafe at 10pm. Her catchy pop tracks that are peppered with sharp lyrics should win her plenty of fans. Here is some of what was said on Monday at Maison 140.