Festival Main Stage, Saturday, August 19th
Noir-Pop songstress, Maiah Manser dissolves differences and builds bridges between the worlds of automation and nature. The grit and the raw in lyrics combined with her hauntingly powerful vocals, drive together to create a chilling sensation that is both concrete and abstract, in sound and in concept.
Manser discovered her love of music at the age of four while attending preschool in Bend, Oregon where she was raised by her grandmother and single mother, who had escaped her father. With a fierce independence that stems from the feminine energy she was surrounded by, Manser taught herself to play the piano and violin and eventually fled Oregon for Cornish College of the Arts. As a student, she met Mary Lambert; that chance meeting opened the door for an opportunity to tour with Lambert as a backing vocalist, opening for artists like Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams. At 20 years old she started her professional career as a solo artist.
In 2016, Manser got her taste of the festival life, shining on both the main stage of Capitol Hill Block Party and on the Mural Stage at Bumbershoot Music Festival alongside artists like Bishop Briggs, CHVRCHES, Odesza, and Crystal Castles.
Manser has teamed up with Buddy Ross (producer for Frank Ocean, Haim, Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Phillip Peterson (string arrangement for Cashmere Cat, Santigold, A$AP Rocky), and Tom Coyne (mastering engineer for Adele, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift) to create an intensely mystifying project.
Using analog synths, connecting soundschapes and live samples, from native american chanting to the sound of a tree being cut down, Manser’s Second Skin EP aims to fuse the digital and the organic, illustrating the fantastical merge of the two types of worlds we live in today.