Ghanaian-born, transatlantic artist Mauvey is known for being an emotional wreck both on and off stage – his words, not Headliner’s. The professional basketball player-turned singer-songwriter explains why he’ll never pretend to be something he’s not…
“When I say ‘emotional wreck’, people always go to the extreme like that’s a bad thing,” a pensive Mauvey clarifies from a family member's house in Southampton.
“I don't think it's a good or bad thing. I just think it's a real thing. People at their most honest are not all the way together, and that's not a bad thing. I try to be as honest as I can – in your typical day, you're not in the same mood the whole day, you know? I think a lot of people pretend for most of their lives,” he considers.
“Pretending to hold it all together, pretending to like something, pretending to fit in, and I just don't do that – especially when I'm performing.”
On stage, the alt-pop rising star endeavours to get to the heart of raw sentiment through his songwriting, intertwining striking melodies and hypnotic beats with his distinctive and resonant vocals. He’s only ever his authentic self, even if that turns some people off.
“Because people have paid money, come out of their way, got ready, left their house, gone on public transport or whatever to get to the show,” he explains.
“I don't want to cheat them by being lifeless and pretending to be something else or pretend I'm too cool or whatever. So I'm just myself and I really mean what I'm saying.
"The minimum that I want is for everybody to leave there and be like, ‘I might not even like the music, but at least I believe what he's saying, and I believe that he feels it’, because I do.”