Rebellion // An Interview w/ Maŕa Peralta


Artist //

Maŕa Peralta

Posted //

July 21st, 2021

Photography //

Neta Elias

Interviewer //

Shane Allen

Visually, “Rebellion” is subjective, giving the viewers an individual experience by creating their own story or relationship with Maŕa from the outside. The film also examines Maŕa’s relationship with the viewer as represented by the camera. Her sound is a synthesis of deep, complex atmospheres and punchy rhythms tinged with dance-floor grit. Blurring the lines between ambient, experimental music, and deep bass rhythm, Maŕa’s expertise in sound now has a graphic landscape in the form of her own haunting, virtual oasis.

What sort of headspace were you in when making Rebellion?

Maybe that day I felt kind of restricted and I wanted to revolt or just kind of create chaos . Like have the mentality that I’m not going to listen to what you have to say and I'm not going to listen to the rules that you're putting upon me.

I think what's important to me is improvisation and kind of creating a real feeling or emotion or sound that shows what I'm feeling that day..

Rebellion kind of has this wide range and that's really special because I get to show all these different sounds that I love

I think the music industry is very male dominated. I feel like there's never really many ways for me to actually say how I feel Or maybe not the audience that really wants to engage in a way of depth. So I think it was just saying like,

Hey listen, this is how I feel. I think a lot of women feel this way.

How do you feel like the music video expresses those emotions, it's a pretty surreal experience..

So yeah, it was very much just subjective for the audience to kind of figure out like,

What is this? How do I feel about this?

It's more of an experience for the audience to kind of understand it in their own mind. I didn't want to tell a story but I did want to express these ideas of struggle and have major components in it that allow you to have a feeling towards, The viewer can explore it in their own way.

What is you earliest memory of making music?

When I was 12 or 13, my dad had me taking lessons singing with an opera singer twice a week for about four years.

Because of that, I think ambiance has always been very much part of my life unknowingly.

I was in choir as well for eight years, competition choir, church choir. I think that's where all of these elements come from, but I'm just doing it in my own way now.

When I came to Brooklyn in 2015, I started experimenting and playing with my roommate at the time he had like all of this modular equipment. I got really into soundscapes and like experimental, weird glitchy stuff and started gravitating towards that.