Indie alt-pop artist micki maverick makes her debut with the release of the new single "HE/ART," the first track from her forthcoming EP due out later this summer. micki maverick is the moniker for Dylan Neil, an LA-native who uses music as a way to navigate life as a young gay female in an ever-evolving society.
In an exclusive with Grimy Goods, she shared "HE/ART is really a complete look into my life, my past, and my insecurities. Society expects perfection, but that standard is completely unattainable. Not everything in life can be fixed, some things remain broken. And that's what I believe should be the new standard: broken pieces that form something new, something more beautiful."
micki maverick grew up listening to Shakira, Fergie, Lady Gaga and Rihanna--all badass females in her opinion. Throughout high school, she immersed herself in new age soul and Frank Ocean's Channel Orange became an everyday listen. Soon after, she heard an up-and-coming Kehlani which gave her the final push to create music.
She further explains, "For me music is honestly the purest way of connecting with others. The best example I can give of this is through Kehlani. In high school I was extremely closeted--I went to an all girls catholic school, so you can imagine being gay was not ok. Kehlani was the first openly LGBTQ+ artists I knew of, and through her music I was given so much strength. My coming out was rough and I lost the people who meant most to me, but through listening to Kehlani--even though I didn't know her--I felt I wasn't alone. My goal in this business is to be visible and give an example of strength to everyone and anyone who listens to my music, whether they are gay or straight."
"HE/ART" comes at a crucial time in American culture, as the lyrics are relatable to most listeners who've experienced a reconciliation of feelings or a moment of acceptance in their identity. The sound of "HE/ART" puts micki maverick in the realm of Billie Eilish, H.E.R, and Joji; solid company for a new, determined artist.