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Maya von Doll

Maya von Doll - 'Open Chequebook'

Singer/song-writer and ex-Soho Doll, Maya von Doll released her first solo single 'Open Chequebook' on 30 July 2012.
The driving force behind electro-rock band Soho Dolls, Maya is a singer/ songwriter with sass and style. Signed to Alan McGee’s Poptones label, the band managed to clock up an impressive 2.5 million youtube views, toured the world regularly and had their songs featured on some massive TV shows including Gossip Girl, Nip/Tuck, Californication, Drop Dead Diva, The Hills and Vampire Diaries – gaining a loyal, global fan base along the way.
Upon splitting from the band, Maya honed her song-writing skills co-penning much of Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts' debut album, 'Cinderella's Eyes' including her first hit ‘Beat of My Drum’ (produced by Dimitri Tikovoi and Diplo).
”For Nicola I’d imagined a ‘Pon de Floor’ style song that was overlaid with Uffie-like vocals and cheerleader chants… and everyone loved it. I was happy to bring a slice of the underground to the forefront of UK pop.”
Now set to carve her solo career, the vivacious singer has locked horns with some of the biggest, most-forward thinking producers in the business – including Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo, The Horrors, Nicola Roberts), Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson), and MNEK (Misha B, Rudimental) – to help produce her debut solo album. A first taster of her solo material is buzz track 'Open Chequebook', produced by Dimitri Tikovoi, released independently on 30 July 2012.

“In a sentence, Open Chequebook is about gold digger girls who 'accidentally' get pregnant with celebrities or millionaires."
Born of mixed Lebanese and English parentage, she was whisked back to the UK as a pre-teen, fleeing the war that was tearing her homeland apart. This also proved to be the first step on a different kind of journey – one of musical discovery.
“My earliest memory of music had the sub bass provided by Syrian, Israeli, French, British and US artillery. We’d take cover from the bombs in the sandbagged ground floor entrance to our building in Beirut and I’d listen to the family Walkman on repeat to drown out the sound of shelling. It was my mother’s tape collection of Blondie, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode…”
Maya is proud of her solo material, finally feeling 'at home' with her style and able to start recording the kind of music she feels passionate about.
“I fell in love with club music,” she explains. “I was obsessed with acts like Major Lazer, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots and the Ed Banger sound. Hearing those mind-blowing synths and super processed beats was like discovering real music as a teenager all over
again. It was the first time in years that I was genuinely excited.”
'Open Chequebook' is released on iTunes July 30th 2012, the album, 'Fresh From The Fight' follows this Autumn.
'Open Chequebook' features remixes by Oliver Twizt (Mad Decent), MNEK & Sandro Silva.

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