What have you learnt about yourself throughout this insane year you’ve had?
I’ve learnt that patience is key to anything remarkable. Patience is the number one thing. Even when I make a song, for instance, I want it out the next day, but I have to wait. You have to shoot a video; you have to figure out exactly what I want to portray in the song so everything in life takes patience. Perseverance and really knowing yourself is key because in the beginning, let’s say 10 years ago, I moved to California when I was 14, I didn’t know who I was. I was just a girl who loved to sing and write songs so it’s very special for me to be here right now.
The asymmetric hair is an epic look – talk me through this hair journey…
This is a weird haircut but that’s exactly why I kept it. I accidentally cut one side instead of cutting both sides. I looked in the mirror and went, ‘I like this, and this looks like me.’ After getting crazy weird looks when I went to the grocery store, the mall. I was getting the weirdest looks and I was like, ‘you know what? This cements everything. This is good. This just shows I can do what I want.’ Even if I get weird looks, I can still be myself. It’s ok to do what you want to do. You don’t have to go with the trend. You can do your own thing and set a trend instead. That is really why I did this.
If you think you are an overachiever, you should meet Ava Max. Her debut single, the insanely catchy Sweet but Pyscho , was Number 1 on the Official UK Charts for an ENTIRE MONTH and hit the top spot in 14 countries. In the process, the 25-year-old hitmaker has notched up 23.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Casual.
After spending a matter of minutes basking in the glow of Ava Max, I quickly realise she won’t stop there. Her latest single So Am I serves up a pure dose of pop with the dance routines to match. Again, it’s addictive AF.
However, on the cusp of extreme pop stardom, Ava is whimsical about her seemingly overnight success, “I’ve been doing this for a really long time and singing has only been my one dream and it feels really good that Sweet, but Psycho has been connecting because we all have dualities to us.”
Ava has more than one duality; she is layered like an onion as she talks me through some solutions to some Agony Aunt style problems in the video above. Who knew that alongside a cracking voice, being able to mimic Britney Spears seamlessly and dance her platform heels off, she is also a cracking stalker of boys? She’s a woman truly after our own hearts. Make sure you watch the video above.
Plus, here, from her LIVE appearance at the GLAMOUR Beauty Festival, Ava Max discusses why patience was key to her success, the story behind her asymmetric hair and shows exactly why she is our Nu-Gen Pop Idol…
How important do you feel image is to success as a popstar?
Image defines our expression. Image is something that is super important -especially with So Am I, which has a very strong message. It’s about being different, being an outcast and loving yourself for who you are even if you don’t look like someone else and you have a different background. It’s important to embrace that sense of difference, so I think an image that is in sync with the music is super important!