[Exclusive] Mr. “Stereo Love” Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina Interview
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This weekend was full of great DJ’s all over Los Angeles.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Deadmau5[/lastfm] had a show in downtown L.A. at the Belasco Theater, San Bernardino was home to “Beyond Wonderland” where some of today’s best DJ’s including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Calvin Harris[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kascade[/lastfm] performed and Mr. “Stereo Love” [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Edward Maya[/lastfm] took the stage at The Vanguard in Hollywood.
I mean if we had [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tiesto[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Guetta[/lastfm] in the surrounding area on Saturday night this would have been one massive ultra dance party.
I started my weekend by making a trip to the beautiful SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
There I sat outside on the lavish patio surrounded by fancy furniture, expensive coffee and a view of “out of my league” sports cars. A
hotel certainly fit for the “who’s who” in the entertainment industry.
And it wasn’t long before I was joined by Romanian DJ Edward Maya.
As a bonus, I was surprised to have Edward accompanied by Russian DJ/ Singer/ Beauty [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Vika Jigulina[/lastfm].
After the introductions we got comfortable on some white sofas and talked music. I knew Edward was an accomplished world known DJ, but had no idea how educated he was on music. Student during the day and DJ by night, here’s my time with Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina.
McCabe: It’s McCabe for 97.1 AMP Radio. I’m joined by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina–from Romania and Russia. A lot of our listeners, they know the song “Stereo Love,” but they don’t know the background.
Edward Maya: One more time. Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina. I start now ten years ago. I was producing music for Romania and for other artists. Now, two years ago, I met Vika. One night in the studio, she composed the vocal. The topline. And I was one night with a accordian in the studio and we said, “Let’s have something for us,” because still in this moment we were staying behind many artists in Romania. It was the beginning.
McCabe: Do you think that ‘Stereo Love’ would take off? You know, as big as it did? Did you guys co-write it together?
EM: Yes. We co-write this. It was our dream to have successful song–one, two, or a hundred. I don’t know. It was our dream. Everybody’s dream. And we are very happy that we are living this now.
M: One thing that sticks out with the song is the accordian in the song and when you Google ‘the accordian song,’ ‘Stereo Love’ comes up. Did you think that that instrument or sound would be so, you know, universal?
EM: I didn’t know two years ago that accordian was that missing part and it was idea of Vika because in Russia the accordian–and in Romania–it’s a traditional instrument. And we said, ‘Let’s try this.’ Because it’s something different. It was the missing part. That’s it.
[pullquote quote="It was our dream to have successful song--one, two, or a hundred. I don't know. It was our dream. Everybody's dream. And we are very happy that we are living this now." credit="Edward Maya on success"]
Vika: Actually, this is a little joke. All the accordion parts, Ed write this. If you listen many songs of Romanian artists like Accent, like Desert Train ‘This Is My Life’–all that song first time was with accordion. This his favorite instrument. He played this instrument since he was five-years-old. And my part is, you know, vocals and topline.
M: What was the first song you played on accordion? What do you learn?
EM: In fact, ‘Stereo Love’ was not my first international hit with accordian.
M: I mean, like first song when you were a kid. What did you learn on accordion?
EM: I don’t know. A small song. A little violin. A folk song, I don’t know. I’m studying music for over fifteen years now. Started with piano, bassoon. Now I’m studying in the last year of Conservatory. I’m playing in orchestra with a bunch of forty peoples. Something different because at night I’m staying in the club, but during the day I am studying with my friends. Playing in the orchestra. Playing Brahms, Mozart, Bach. It’s a strange combination, but I think this is my inspiration for music. I’m combining all the music–all style. Electronic with classic with all flavors. Country. I don’t know.
[pullquote quote="It's a strange combination, but I think this is my inspiration for music. I'm combining all the music--all style. Electronic with classic with all flavors. Country. I don't know." credit="Edward Maya on his inspiration"]
M: What can we expect from the album? It’s not out.
EM: Because in this moment, we have only three singles. ‘Stereo Love,’ ‘This Is My Life,’ and ‘Desert Rain,’ but were working hard for the album because we are always on the road, making ideas in the plane. Recording some stuff in the hotel room. It’s very hard for us, but very soon in about one month, two months maximum, we’ll release the album.
M: And Vika, I’m assuming you are going to be a big part of the album?
EM: All the best hits, the best songs are made with Vika Jigulina. She has an amazing voice and is the perfect combination for my music.
Edward Maya – “This Is My Life”
M: Are we looking at a summer release possibly?
EM: Yes. Definitely.
M: Are you two dating?
EM: Think about…We are touring everywhere. We have a team of five person and we are touring everywhere. We don’t have time for staying in Bucharest because we are always together in the studio, touring, DJ’ing, make shows. This is our life.
[pullquote quote="We are touring everywhere. We have a team of five person and we are touring everywhere." credit="Edward Maya"]
M: Just like the song.
V: Yeah, we have many shows together. We have separate shows because I’m a DJ too. I work in this business in Romania, in Russia, like 10-years-old. I work in the biggest radio station in Romania. Try to touring together and separately.
EM: It’s something like Romanian House Mafia.
M: Now what are some things that you guys do when you get to America. What do you do when you get here?
V: You know, America is like all the countries. We’re touring like two years and a half. It’s not our first tour. In American, yes, it is a first time. In all the countries, people are crazy. People want to hear ‘Stereo Love,’ People want to see Edward Maya. People are crazy. We are so happy to perform here in States because people love us. People come to the club. People just want to hear all the songs like crazy.
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – “Stereo Love”
M: What do you guys love about performing?
EM: We are very happy and we love our public. It’s something to give. Because we are artists and we make something for other people. I’m not making music and saying, ‘You like it? Me and my two friends.’ No. we want to share with everybody.
M: If we were to visit Romania, what should we do? I’ve never been.
EM: Call me and I will show you all the clubs in Romania.
Vika: Actually, Romania is a very beautiful country. You can go to the mountains. You can go to to the sea. You can go to the beach, to the clubs. You have all, all, all good things and stuff. You have party, you can rest. It’s a very beautiful country.
M: Much love for ‘Stereo Love’ because the song is huge on AMP Radio so thank you so much for your time.
EM: Thank you so much!
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – “Desert Rain”