WAAX’s Maz DeVita talks ‘At Least I’m Free’, the importance of WAAX’s strong visuals and more…
What does success mean to you as artists now?
I think to be able to continue doing what we love and being supported but our community. I think the measure of success changes as you evolve as an artist, but I try not to get bogged down in that and focus on the growing community we have built.
How do you look back on the success of ‘Wild and Weak’ now?
I see myself as a completely different person – I was younger and too trusting of the wrong type of people. That period was definitely a series of traumatic learning curves. I didn’t expect it to go as well as it did but it was the first real feeling of going somewhere.
How important is the visual aspect of what you do? I love the band’s vibe and videos.
Thanks so much! Visuals go hand in hand with everything! I’m definitely a visual person as much an audio person. I like to make sure we’re getting our art across clearly in all ways.
What have you learned about yourself, from the beginning of your journey with WAAX, until now – how have you changed and developed as a person?
Changed is an understatement… I am a whole new version of myself. This band has made me. It is all I’ve known for the past 10 years and it has seen so much joy, sadness, jokes and relationships. It’s the one constant in my life. It’s hardened me up for the better and it’s empowered me to take better care of myself, nurture the people I love and cut the bullshit.
How is At Least I’m Free pushing you, personally, in new ways as an artist?
Well we went into it with no rules – we wanted to try everything and see what would happened. I’ve learnt that I’m an adaptable artist and I can work with different people and create interesting outcomes. It’s pushed me into a new realm of creativity and I’m hungrier than ever to keep challenging myself.
What is your message for the people that have got behind you and the band and will continue to do so?
Thank you. I have no words for how grateful I am to have people who understand us. I grew up feeling so alone and indifferent, and it’s so humbling to know that there are other people like me, who feel the same. It’s indescribable.