“…a Bedroom Pop Empire in the Making”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
“mxmtoon is an 18-year old singer-songwriter from Oakland who’s amassed a sizable following on Twitter and YouTube on the strength of her endearingly intimate presence”
“surprising and compelling
– PAPER Magazine
“The internet belongs to mxmtoon”
“…a little reminiscent of Billie Eilish — but no matter what name she’s working under, ,mxmtoon/Maia is fully her own artist.”
“On the masquerade, which features songs written over the last two years, she’s offering the most polished picture of herself yet. And it’s one that, like all of her music, succeeds based on her candor and intelligence.”
At 21, mxmtoon stands tall as one of the brightest and most engaging voices of her generation. Today, she shares her dreamy new single Mona Lisa. This comes off the back of Queen with G-Flip coming #64 in this year’s triple j’s Hottest 100. mxmtoon will also be kicking off a huge North American tour this May and June.
Known for her dreamy pop and introspective lyricism, the Oakland-raised, Brooklyn-based artist is now gearing up to release her sophomore album this Autumn, with details to be revealed shortly.
Before then however mxmtoon is back with new music, a new chapter and gorgeous evolution of the sound that launched her career 5 years ago but with a more mature and complex lens, fitting for someone who has grown up in the public eye. Mona Lisa is a dreamy, ukulele driven ditty which Maia tells us “as someone who usually writes songs about other people, one of my ongoing questions is “will anyone ever write songs about me?” mona lisa is about wanting to be the subject of the art for once instead of being the creator. i think we all daydream at some point in our lives of diving into our favourite stories and finding ourselves in the pages. we all deserve the chance to feel like we’re worthy of a spotlight every once in a while, and mona lisa is meant to express that sentiment exactly.”
With more new music expected imminently, 2022 will be yet another important year for the singer-songwriter. “I hope to keep pushing myself and make something that feels really different,” explains Maia. “I want mxmtoon to be a diverse sonic playground.” She adds, “Everything is open-ended for me right now, but I see that as being incredibly liberating and exciting.” mxmtoon will also be hitting the road for a full North American tour.
2021 was another busy year for mxmtoon, with Maia providing the musical voice of Alex Chen, the protagonist of Life is Strange: True Colors. Here we saw Maia combine two of her greatest passions: music and gaming. A longtime fan of the popular narrative adventure franchise which boasts over 20 Million unique players across its lifetime. The soundtrack marked the latest in a steady stream of mxmtoon projects—including a full-length album, one graphic novel, and a pair of EPs that bookended 2020. The acclaimed dawn and dusk (Maia’s second and third EPs, respectively) found the artist broadening the scope of her work—exploring new sounds and fuller production, as well as partnering with outside writers, including Carly Rae Jepsen and Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus. Maia has also become a sought-after collaborator, appearing on projects by Ricky Montgomery, G-Flip, and Noah Kahan, among others.
As her platform continues to grow, Maia frequently speaks to an array of issues that are close to her heart, including Black Lives Matter, mental health awareness, the environment, and LGBTQ+ rights. In recent months, amid the alarming rise in violence against Asian Americans, Maia has also become an outspoken advocate for the AAPI community including being a part of a Twitch panel with the platform’s founders. “I think it’s a huge privilege that I’m able to talk about these issues,” she says. “Hopefully I can inspire others to think more critically and stand up for what they believe in.”
Maia’s fan base is certainly passionate, as evidenced by her streaming and social numbers—both of which are staggering when one takes into account her DIY approach. mxmtoon’s self-released music averages 1.5 million streams daily across all DSPs, while her songs have amassed an astonishing 1 billion streams on Spotify and Apple alone. Across her social media platforms, Maia engages with more than eight million combined followers, including 2.7 million fans on TikTok. Her Instagram profile is close to surpassing one million followers, while her YouTube channel boasts over 1 million subscribers.
Listen to Mona Lisa Here.
USA Tour Dates:
5/2 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
5/4 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
5/5 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
5/7 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
5/8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
5/10 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic
5/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
5/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
5/14 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
5/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency
5/20 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
5/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
5/24 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
5/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
5/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Studio at The Factory
5/28 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn (Outdoors)
5/29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Downstairs
5/31 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham
6/1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
6/3 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
6/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6/7 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
6/10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
With thanks to Positive Feedback