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Ava Max Wants Everyone to Get Weird

Ava Max Music Choice

She’s conquered Sweden. She’s taken on the U.K. Now she’s coming for you America.

Ascendant pop singer Ava Max and her signature hair ‘do (more on that below) have busted up Euro hit charts, but now her aim is on the Billboard numbers with new track “Sweet but Psycho”. Max (born Amanda Ava Koci) popped into the Music Choice studios to have some fun on camera and also give us the lowdown on everything that’s been happening with her burgeoning career.

From freaking people out in grocery stores to inspiring the youth, keep on reading for more on Ava Max!

Music Choice: Born in Milwaukee, grew up in Virginia?

Ava Max: Right. Grew up near Virginia Beach. I’ve carried that Wisconsin love of cheese with me though!

Music Choice: And your mother was an opera singer?

Ava Max: Trained opera singer. She never really sang professionally but I’d mimic her around the house. I’ll never live up to how good she is. She is top of the line.

Music Choice: Growing up and mimicking her, is that when you knew you wanted to be a singer?

Ava Max: I’ve always known singing was for me. I love singing and people seem to be enjoying it, so I guess I don’t suck? This is it!

Music Choice: Was there one moment when you REALLY knew?

Ava Max: When I was eight I won a singing competition in front of five thousand people! It was in Florida and so insane. I sang Alicia Keys “Fallen” and added some of my own sauce to it. After that competition, I definitely knew I wanted to do this forever.

Music Choice: And now you’re working with David Guetta! How did your collaboration “Let It Be Me” come about?

Ava Max: I started writing the song on the piano and then Guetta somehow heard it and we instantly clicked. We got in the studio and finished the track up and then… I was on his album!

Music Choice: It worked out nicely, so maybe some more Guetta collabos?

Ava Max: I would love to do more with him. David if you’re listening…

Music Choice: Now what do you have against Aqua? Tell me about “Not Your Barbie Girl”?

Ava Max: NO, NO I love Aqua! They’re incredibly talented. I picked “Barbie Girl” to flip because the melody is so good. I just wanted to give it a female empowerment stance. Even though I love the original, I wanted to give it a strong empowering message. “Not Your Barbie Girl” is that.

Music Choice: Something didn’t hit you in the news or a thing happened where you were like, I need to make this song of empowerment now?

Ava Max: I’ve always been outspoken my whole life. I’ve always been strong and my mom taught me that. The music was, it was easy to know what I wanted to write about. That’s just how I am.

Music Choice: You’ve been having huge success outside the U.S….

Ava Max: It’s crazy!

Music Choice: Like Sweden, Norway, the U.K. all that came as a big surprise?

Ava Max: Absolutely. I’ve been struggling my whole life to share my music and for it to click in places like Sweden and Finland, it just freaked me out in a good way!

Music Choice: Why do you think Europe has been so taken with your music?

Ava Max: They know their pop music, I can say that for sure! They know what’s good with pop.

Music Choice: How do you translate that success over to stateside?

Ava Max: Well we just impacted radio here a couple weeks and we’re already getting a good response, so that’s exciting! I’m about to be going all over the country with the music and even hitting my hometown in Virginia.

Music Choice: Nothing changes with the Ava Max vision.

Ava Max: No. Sweden happened so crazy fast. Maybe someone can just tell me HOW it happened!

Music Choice: Now your hairstyle, it has its own name?

Ava Max: The Max Cut! My Avatars, my fans named themselves that. They also named the cut. For me, I cut my hair like this (short on one side, long on the other) because I wanted to give a message to young girls and boys that it’s ok to do things your way. I’ve always done things my way but I wanted to show like, if I cut my hair and no one’s done it like this, it’s totally fine! Do something weird and start a trend!

Music Choice: What was the response like from fans after you debuted the Max Cut?

Ava Max: Two years ago I walked into a grocery store and everyone was looking at me so weird and I was like… yeah, I know. People just like, “why does she have half cut hair?” I wanted short and long hair and I love the duality of it, so it just fit me.

Music Choice: Giving that message of it being cool to be weird to your fans, did any hit you back with stories or how you inspired them?

Ava Max: One fan told me she was being bullied in school and my song “My Way” helped her feel confident and happy. She said it made her be able to stand up to her bullies and talk to them. That made me ecstatic. It made me feel like I have a real purpose.

Ava Max Wants Everyone to Get Weird

Ava Max Music Choice

She’s conquered Sweden. She’s taken on the U.K. Now she’s coming for you America.

Ascendant pop singer Ava Max and her signature hair ‘do (more on that below) have busted up Euro hit charts, but now her aim is on the Billboard numbers with new track “Sweet but Psycho”. Max (born Amanda Ava Koci) popped into the Music Choice studios to have some fun on camera and also give us the lowdown on everything that’s been happening with her burgeoning career.

From freaking people out in grocery stores to inspiring the youth, keep on reading for more on Ava Max!

Music Choice: Born in Milwaukee, grew up in Virginia?

Ava Max: Right. Grew up near Virginia Beach. I’ve carried that Wisconsin love of cheese with me though!

Music Choice: And your mother was an opera singer?

Ava Max: Trained opera singer. She never really sang professionally but I’d mimic her around the house. I’ll never live up to how good she is. She is top of the line.

Music Choice: Growing up and mimicking her, is that when you knew you wanted to be a singer?

Ava Max: I’ve always known singing was for me. I love singing and people seem to be enjoying it, so I guess I don’t suck? This is it!

Music Choice: Was there one moment when you REALLY knew?

Ava Max: When I was eight I won a singing competition in front of five thousand people! It was in Florida and so insane. I sang Alicia Keys “Fallen” and added some of my own sauce to it. After that competition, I definitely knew I wanted to do this forever.

Music Choice: And now you’re working with David Guetta! How did your collaboration “Let It Be Me” come about?

Ava Max: I started writing the song on the piano and then Guetta somehow heard it and we instantly clicked. We got in the studio and finished the track up and then… I was on his album!

Music Choice: It worked out nicely, so maybe some more Guetta collabos?

Ava Max: I would love to do more with him. David if you’re listening…

Music Choice: Now what do you have against Aqua? Tell me about “Not Your Barbie Girl”?

Ava Max: NO, NO I love Aqua! They’re incredibly talented. I picked “Barbie Girl” to flip because the melody is so good. I just wanted to give it a female empowerment stance. Even though I love the original, I wanted to give it a strong empowering message. “Not Your Barbie Girl” is that.

Music Choice: Something didn’t hit you in the news or a thing happened where you were like, I need to make this song of empowerment now?

Ava Max: I’ve always been outspoken my whole life. I’ve always been strong and my mom taught me that. The music was, it was easy to know what I wanted to write about. That’s just how I am.

Music Choice: You’ve been having huge success outside the U.S….

Ava Max: It’s crazy!

Music Choice: Like Sweden, Norway, the U.K. all that came as a big surprise?

Ava Max: Absolutely. I’ve been struggling my whole life to share my music and for it to click in places like Sweden and Finland, it just freaked me out in a good way!

Music Choice: Why do you think Europe has been so taken with your music?

Ava Max: They know their pop music, I can say that for sure! They know what’s good with pop.

Music Choice: How do you translate that success over to stateside?

Ava Max: Well we just impacted radio here a couple weeks and we’re already getting a good response, so that’s exciting! I’m about to be going all over the country with the music and even hitting my hometown in Virginia.

Music Choice: Nothing changes with the Ava Max vision.

Ava Max: No. Sweden happened so crazy fast. Maybe someone can just tell me HOW it happened!

Music Choice: Now your hairstyle, it has its own name?

Ava Max: The Max Cut! My Avatars, my fans named themselves that. They also named the cut. For me, I cut my hair like this (short on one side, long on the other) because I wanted to give a message to young girls and boys that it’s ok to do things your way. I’ve always done things my way but I wanted to show like, if I cut my hair and no one’s done it like this, it’s totally fine! Do something weird and start a trend!

Music Choice: What was the response like from fans after you debuted the Max Cut?

Ava Max: Two years ago I walked into a grocery store and everyone was looking at me so weird and I was like… yeah, I know. People just like, “why does she have half cut hair?” I wanted short and long hair and I love the duality of it, so it just fit me.

Music Choice: Giving that message of it being cool to be weird to your fans, did any hit you back with stories or how you inspired them?

Ava Max: One fan told me she was being bullied in school and my song “My Way” helped her feel confident and happy. She said it made her be able to stand up to her bullies and talk to them. That made me ecstatic. It made me feel like I have a real purpose.

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