Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Remington Maxwell and I am a singer-songwriter.
When did you know you wanted to be a singer-songwriter?
I grew up in a musical family, so I've always known that I wanted to be involved in the music industry. What made me realize I wanted to do this for the rest of my life was the time, in fifth grade, I had locked myself in my room and sang Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry", to myself and on repeat, for seven hours. At that moment, I knew I was going to be a performer.
In what ways did your upbringing influence your future move to Los Angeles?
There were a lot of factors that influenced my inevitable move to L.A., but one of the biggest would be my involvement in the all-girl band The Hi-tops. I was eight years old when I started the band, so when you hear about Hollywood and the celebrities there; you obviously are intriqued by such a place and think it would be awesome to live there. Once I grew up and realized the entire industry was here, I knew that Hollywood was where I needed to be.
How did that confidence help you in taking that intitial jump?
Honestly, I didn't even have to think twice on moving to Hollywood. The moment I was done with high school, I packed up my things and headed west.
What does your song-writing process look like?
Sometimes, it's hard for me to get into a creative space so I'm constantly writing things down or recording melodies on my phone. Once I think I have something, I'll force myself to sit down and start writing. It might not be that "good", but figuring it out is part of the process so I might as well try.
Within your art, what are you the most insecure about?
Like I said before, getting into a creative space can be difficult sometimes. That makes me nervous. Especially when I have a writing session coming up and I need to be ready to produce content.
How do you prepare for the times you need to be in that space?
When I know I need to be in that space, I will spend the entire day doing things that will get me there. Even if it's a two-hour session, I still have to prepare for it the same way I would any other time.
Have there been times when the creativity just isn't there?
Yes, that actually happened to me the other day! I was in a session where I was the only song-writer and I had a creative block. I thought for sure the producers were going to think that I was the "worst writer ever".
How do you break through those creative blocks?
I've come to realize that creative blocks are part of being an artist. There are good days of writing and there are horrible days of writing... and that's ok. I just try to not relish on the bad ones and move on.
Last Question: What is your favorite cereal?
For a healthy choice, I like any granola. Especially the vanilla granola with almonds and cocnut. Growing up, though, it was all about Cocoa Pebbles.