Editor: Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you entered the music industry?
Maria Lidze: I am a professional jazz singer, however, I sing styles such as pop, funk, soul, blues, and jazz. As I get more versatile, I will gain more chances in adding up for my audience to watch.
Editor: What are your fondest music memories?
Maria: Singing with my father, from a very young age, we always used to sing together. My father is a professional opera singer, jazz singer and much more! And we still sing together.
Editor: What do you practice and preach – exercises, new tunes, vocal diets? Tell us about it.
Maria: Warmup is important especially for the diaphragm (tummy muscles). I do breathing exercises to wake up my diaphragm. I then do some basic scales going up and then down. For the diet, if you plan to sing anywhere, try to avoid milk products. Also, chocolate is the worst as it creates a lot of mucus in the throat. Nuts and chilly food is not good either.
Editor: Describe the transition from when you started music until today?
Maria: Always sang at home at the age of 3, my father would put some really good tasteful music and I would just sit in the corner and sing along to it. I created my own taste in music and loved being in the spotlight as a kid!
Since then nothing has changed. Now I perform at the best venues in London such as the Ritz, Dorchester Hotel, Hurlingham Club, House Lords Of Parliament, Hampton court, Zedel Brasserie and much more!
Editor: Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Maria: Yes of course, however you learn how to overcome it eventually and to do that you need to perform as much as possible. It is all in the brain!
Editor: How do you deal with creativity blocks?
Maria: I tend to listen to lots of good works of people who have produced and composed wonderful music, however somehow I then pick out bits and bobs and frame a completely new creation. This is actually inspiring at the time of creativity blocks without copying the original creation.
Editor: If you only had 24 hours to live, how would you spend your day?
Maria: I would be recording in the studio, mixing, producing and singing! And be on a big stage, create a show with thousands of people, watching me sing!
Editor: What are your words of wisdom for someone starting out in your field?
Maria: Be positive, allow yourself to be creative and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Create your own image, be original and not a copy.
Editor: Any upcoming album, song release or performances you want to share with us?
Maria: I do have a funky jazzy song that I have written. I wrote this during the night, my mind tends to have more ideas then. The song is mainly about being confident and also being stubborn!
Editor: What is your opinion about One Song? Do you think it’s a valuable platform for the career growth of musicians like you?
Maria: I think it is a great platform for any musician to connect with other musicians, the audience who like what you do, get inspired, promote themselves and more.