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Maribelle Añes: "There’s nothing more powerful than collaboration."

This week we scored some time with Melbourne-based musician Maribelle Añes who talked us thorough her new single which is all about documenting the start of a new relationship and coming to terms with her sexuality. She also shared some of her home comforts, told us about her own label - Crush Club Records - and passed on the best piece of advice she has received.

Tell us about your new single 'I’m A Mess Without You'. What’s the inspiration behind this tune?

'I’m A Mess Without You' is about the early stages of my relationship with my current partner. It was the first time I’ve ever felt something so strongly about someone and also the first time I’ve ever had a relationship with a woman. I didn’t know how to cope with these feelings and or with the fact that I was having these feelings for a woman.

You’ve supported/collaborated with some fairly big names in the industry. Who has been your favourite to work with?

M-Phazes is always a favourite of mine to work with. He’s such a great mentor and is so supportive of my vision. I literally take notes like I’m in a uni class whenever I write with him, just like a true nerd. I wouldn’t have gone to the Bali writing camp if it wasn’t for his support!

You’ve also created your own label, Crush Club Records, this must keep you very busy. How do you maintain a work/life balance?

Music is my whole life; I love it so much. Time management is everything for me. I try and work from 9-6pm. If I’m feeling creative, I’ll write for a whole day. If I can’t be bothered writing something, I’ll work on Crush Club for the day. If I feel like I really need the day off, I’ll hang out with friends or lounge around and eat snacks all day.

What’s one of the best lessons that you’ve learnt on your 22 years on the planet?

I’ve learnt that there’s nothing more powerful than collaboration. Always be willing to learn.

Other than through your music, how do you keep your creative tank filled to the brim?

I try and live my life. I try and draw inspiration from things I experience. I have a little social anxiety, but I’m working on going out more and making new friends to stay inspired.

What’s the best thing about your hometown?

The hot jam donuts at the Dandenong Market! Trust me.

What’s the best piece of advice that someone has passed down to you?

In Bali, from songwriter Sebastian Cole (Alessia Cara’s Here). He shared with me that drawing inspiration from others is a useful tool, but making it your own is the challenge.

What’s the last thing that made you angry?

Not having self-raising flour to make scones when I was really hangry. Silly answer, but that’s the truth.

…and the last book to inspire you?

I’ve always been into Business books, a great read is The Naked CEO by Alex Malley. That inspired me with Crush Club.

….and the last thing to make you cry?

There was a scene in The Greatest Showman that really pulled some heartstrings for me.

Quickie Round

Your favourite season: Autumn

Favourite comfort food: Scones

Favourite song to cry your eyes out to: Post Malone – Fall Apart

Describe your aesthetic using three words: Bright, Colourful, Budget

If you were a character on The Simpsons, who would you be: Milhouse

LISTEN TO 'I'm A Mess Without You'

Image: Duncan Killick

Kate Neilson is the founding editor at Twenty Something Humans. She likes eating toast in bed and wearing soft pants as often as possible. She feels strange talking about herself in third person. Lurk her @katiepotatierose.

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