We had the good fortune of connecting with Queen Maya Lassiter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Queen Maya, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve been in the entertainment industry as a singer/songwriter since I was about 11 years old. I knew that I was going to be involved in music all of my life. I came up with Intertwined Entertainment based on a music business course I was taking in 2017 and it just all made sense to me. I am a vocalist, rapper, songwriter, producer, educator, painter, photographer, herbalist and chandler. Everything I do is Intertwined! I knew for a fact that I could not live a happy life working for or under someone else for long periods of time. I wanted to create something that no only provided entertainment so you can vibe, but provide healing tools for you to thrive and give love so you survive.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a visual artist I am really excited too finally have found my voice in my work. I am an abstract artist! It took a lot time to really develop what was me and not just imitating what was popular. I paint with emotion, if I don’t feel it I won’t paint. It often takes me like 2 months to actually like a piece or every understand it. As a musician, the journey has been LONG! I was writing and creating songs for as long as I can remember. They were not all good lol but I became more confident in what it is I have to say. It has not always been easy!!! When your voice is your primary instrument there are a million things that’s can affect you. I have EDS Type 3 which causes chronic body pain and I found that whenever I was on stage I felt absolutely no pain. I would say music is my safe place. I am in the process of getting my music engineering degree and that has been quite an interesting journey. When I started the process of recording my first album, “Unravel Live” I didn’t know much about the engineering aspect, I just knew to show up on time and sing my little heart out. During the editing and mixing process it became to clear to me that I NEEDED to know more of that side. It became really fun and starting producing about two years ago now! I have been a professional freelance photographer since 2012. I have always had a love for photography. I prefer to shoot portraits and still life. I have always had a great eye despite always needing glasses haha. I just love being able to capture people in a way they might not see themselves. Photography is a love that will always hold a special place in my heart even when my camera, Selah is tucked away in her bag. I started making candles in early 2018 and I fell in love with creating scents and the science. Candle making is a very delicate thing that requires time and patience. There are a million things that go into creating a candle that not only smells good, but has a long burn time, burns evenly and provides some healing . I’ve had over 26,000 hours now and I am happy and excited to make Intertwined Scents a house hold name. As an avid tea drinker being a vocalist, I started maybe in 2015 to create my own personal tea and smoke blends. I kept doing research and found myself creating a small apothecary. It’s been a journey that I am more than glad to have taken. Intertwined Teas is my baby! I create healing blends for a variety of ailments and enjoy providing that to the people. I just want to be a beacon of love and light to provide for and uplift the Black community in anyway I can. There is nothing on this earth that inspires me more than Black women.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am forever a Philly Jawn. We would definitely get a cheesesteak from Falones! I don’t eat meat anymore so I would get a fish hoagie, but always Falones! If we were not in the times of ms. corona we’d go to all the good local shows at South, World Cafe, TLA, as well as hit up some local open mics like The Juice Jam. I would visit John Hines wildlife preserve to go chill by the water and commune with nature. I would go to Uncle Bobbies Bookstore! We would visit the African American museum and The Colored Girls Museum. Definitely going to have to stop at WAWA a couple of times and definitely getting water ice from Freds or Wilkays!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to a couple of people! First and foremost my mother for giving me life and breathing the love of music into me! I have to thank my grandmother for being such an extraordinary figure that made me believe in myself and all that I can do! My first vocal coach Chrissie Loftus who took her time to help mold me into a great musician! I’d like to thank my of glorious musician sista-friends who have literally kept me alive, Yaya De-Angel, Flora Lucini, Chanise Parks, and Susan Myers. I’d like to thank Denzel Le’mar for not only being a sounding board but for helping bring a lot of my visions to life. My favorite engineer N-Dot, and The Artistry Collective LLC. I want to thank every single person who has purchased, streamed, played, showed up to an event/show or offered words of encouragement! I am forever grateful to have people around me that only want me to succeed.
Instagram: @mi.o.mona.selah and Intertwined.Entertainmen
The black and white photos were both taken by Jo. Christopher Photography
The Image in the water was taken by C. Flores @mariposita.libre
The product shoots were all done by me @_Qmphotography
Logo was created by me as well.