The leading line in the chorus of Mags Duval’s newest single, these lyrics encompass so much more than the irresistible longing for the one that got away. Mags has a captivating Lana Del Ray sound, a voice that is a hybrid of sweet and strong, and a spunky, retro style that adds to her cool-girl vibe. Cinnamon Gum has quickly become one of my favorite songs, and I can’t wait for you to see why.
V+V: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
MD: I’ve been singing my whole life, honestly. My parents took so many home videos of my brothers and I and I was singing in pretty much all of them. I can’t really trace it back to a certain moment!
V+V: You just released your newest single, Cinnamon Gum. What inspired this track? MD: I went on a date with this guy – he was wearing a denim jacket with a pack of igarettes in one pocket and a pack of cinnamon gum in the other. Things didn’t work out between us, but the taste of cinnamon gum always reminded me of him.
V+V: What’s your process for writing a song?
MD: It depends on the song! Sometimes I’m up at midnight playing piano or guitar, sometimes I’m just driving and I hear a melody in my head, sometimes I’m trying to fall asleep and I have a lyric idea so I write it down.
V+V: If you could share one message with the world through your music, what would it be?
MD: Be honest, be real, have authentic relationships, treat people with love and respect. Being surrounded by people you love and making them feel loved is so important.
V+V: What motivates your music? What inspires your lyrics?
MD: My family is a huge motivation to me. They’ve always been there for me and told me I can do anything I set my mind to. My lyrics have always been a direct-line to my personal life. My songwriting is basically the way I process everything.
V+V: What role does style play in terms of how you represent yourself on and off stage?
MD: I have about two different looks in my life: a sweatshirt and yoga pants or dresses and heels. I love being feminine – cat eyes and a bold lip are always a must! I like to be a little more dramatic on stage, but I’d say my style is pretty consistently classic with a modern edge.
V+V: How does your personal style translate in photo shoots, album artwork + music videos?
MD: You’ll see different sides of my style depending on the storyline I’m trying to convey in artwork, videos etc. I love when anything visual makes you feel some kind of emotion that ties in with a song.