Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-07-10
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Ava Max Sings Into a Sweet Life
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

New pop star Ava Max is taking over the charts these days with her song "Sweet but Psycho."

She's already compared to Lady Gaga with the single and video that is at the top of the charts in over a dozen countries worldwide. Before the Cirkut produced single, she sang on tracks with David Guetta and Jason Derulo.

Coming from immigrant parents, Max had a bit of a musical background with her mother being an opera singer, a piano playing dad and her uncles were in bands.

She stands poised to be the next big thing with a debut album that she recorded over this past Christmas. Her latest single "So Am I" tells listeners it's okay to be a misfit because she is one also. Max talked about her meteoric rise to success at her hotel room during a Chicago visit.

Windy City Times: You have been exploding in the music scene the past few weeks.

Ava Max: I don't even understand what's happening.

WCT: Is it overwhelming?

AM: It is! I am excited, but it is a lot to take in.

WCT: You are from Milwaukee?

AM: I was born in Milwaukee and raised in Virginia. I'm a little bit of a mutt.

WCT: You have Albanian parents? There are a lot of Albanian pop singers out right now.

AM: Yes. Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa and Rita Ora. Apparently Albanian girls are taking over!

WCT: Where are the guys?

AM: [laughs] I don't know where they are…

WCT: What would you tell people about you as an artist?

AM: I am straight up, unapologetically pop. The album that is coming out this year is straight on what you expect with more "Psychos." If you are not expecting more "Psychos" then I don't know. [laughs]

It's definitely more sonically the same. The message is very strong and empowering pop songs. There will be songs that are a little bit more emotional. Most of it is all upbeat, pop anthems. They all stand for something. I don't have one song about partying.

WCT: The gay bars have been playing your music a lot.

AM: Yes! I love my gay fans and have gotten so much support. I played at a gay club called Redline in Los Angeles on Halloween and it was so much fun. I think I'm playing at G-A-Y in London.

WCT: Your song blew up in Europe. What are the challenges with the United States?

AM: I didn't know how fast this would take off because it went first in Sweden and went number one. It was released the same day globally. It first was big in Europe in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Now it is rising in the United States and Australia.

I feel globally it's been a remarkable success story. People are relating to it.

WCT: Did you always want to be a singer?

AM: Oh yeah, since I was seven years old.

WCT: Your mom is an opera singer?

AM: Yes, but not professionally. She's incredible. She's so loud that she can break glass with her voice.

WCT: Was she singing around the house?

AM: She would wake me up for school like that. I would say, "Mom, I don't want to get up" and she would sing, "You need to get up!"

WCT: Did you like musicals growing up?

AM: I did actually. I was Mrs. Claus in the school play. It was pretty funny. My favorite musical is Phantom of the Opera. I saw it in LA.

WCT: Do you have a name that you call your fans?

AM: They call themselves Avatars. It was funny because I called them Aviators, but they preferred Avatars. I love my Avatars so much now and they love the name so…

WCT: Ava is your real name?

AM: Ava is my middle name. My first name is Amanda. Amanda didn't fit me. I haven't been Amanda since I was 13. I changed my name legally then.

WCT: Were you a big Tom's Diner fan? Your song with David Guetta "Let It Be Me" features the sample from it.

AM: Of course. David Guetta and I were in the studio when we put it in there. We didn't need to add it. The song was already great, but he suggested we add it. I loved the song so thought it was a good idea.

WCT: How was it working with him?

AM: He's so humble, amazing and down to earth. I was starstruck at first because he's a legend.

WCT: Let's talk hair.

AM: This is called the Max cut. I plan on keeping it for a long time, well at least three albums. I don't feel like myself with the same length haircut. I put on a wig the other day with the sides being both the same length. It just didn't feel right. This is me now!

WCT: What makes you different than other pop stars? I know you are compared to Lady Gaga a lot.

AM: Everyone is so individual. I think for me personally, I definitely want to give the fans an experience that hasn't been done before. I'm excited to start touring and do something out of the box.

WCT: Do you have backup dancers?

AM: I do and they are amazing.

WCT: So plans are for a big tour?

AM: Huge and we will announce it soon.

WCT: You are on the fast track.

AM: This song is on the fast track. If this wasn't doing so well around the world then we would have gone slower. I am not kidding you, we were not expecting this!

WCT: Are you ever home?

AM: No. I am traveling all year. My schedule is completely full. I live in LA and when I go back it's usually a day or two. It's kind of insane!

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Birds, letters lead to Mamby on the Beach being canceled 2019-07-21 - The musical event Mamby on the Beach—slated to take place Aug. 23-24 on Chicago's Montrose Beach—has been canceled after the arrival of federally ...

Gay News

THEATER The Music Man 2019-07-20 - Author: Meredith Wilson ( book, music & lyrics ) At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Tickets: 312-443-3800;; $25-$142. Runs through: Aug. 18 ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jennifer Lopez, 'Toy Story 4,' Rosie, Darren Criss, John Waters 2019-07-16 - Jennifer Lopez had a surprise for a gay teen who was barred from giving the valedictorian speech, PinkNews noted. The superstar surprised Nat ...

Gay News

Streisand at United Center on Aug. 6 2019-07-14 - Barbra Streisand will bring her live performance back to Chicago's United Center on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Streisand is an actress, singer, director, composer, ...

Gay News

'Hedwig' remaster at Music Box starting July 19 2019-07-13 - Director/co-writer/star John Cameron Mitchell's 2001 musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch will open in a new 4K DCP remaster at the Music Box ...

Gay News

'Paris Is Burning' at Music Box in July 2019-07-10 - A new 2K restoration of the 1990 landmark documentary Paris Is Burning will run July 12-18 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Lance Bass, trans actor, Miley Cyrus, 'Queer Eye' 2019-07-10 - In California, Lance Bass is a co-owner of Rocco's WeHo—the latest iteration in a small chain of establishments that mixes a traditional sports ...

Gay News

Jazz group to perform 'Immigrant Stories' July 22 in Chicago 2019-07-08 - Chicago Jazz Philharmonic ( CJP ), under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Orbert Davis, will conclude its second year of the ...

Gay News

'Toni Morrison' running at Music Box 2019-07-08 - Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is currently running at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., through Thursday, ...

Gay News

Back Lot Bash returns to A'ville, has family-friendly event 2019-07-02 - The woman-focused Back Lot Bash returned to the Cheetah Gym parking lot for two days of entertainment on June 29-30. On June ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.