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Alternative pop artist Cassandra Maze releases latest single

Cassandra Maze performs in Nanaimo at the Queen's March 3.
Alternative pop artist Cassandra Maze performs at the Queen’s March 3 as part of her tour to promote her latest single Wait.

'All things come to he who waits' is a phrase that praises patience.

The phrase was used as early as the 1890s by poet Violet Fane.

Today the phase is often stated as 'Good things come to those who wait.' The phase inspired pop artist Cassandra Maze's latest single Wait. She was working on the song with co-writer Tanner Aguiar and the two started to discuss the saying and how it can be interpreted.

"We interpreted it as a pass to procrastinate and putting things off and being too passive and not taking control over your fate or life or exercising your own volition to do your goals in life," said Maze.

Wait is one of the songs Maze is including in her new EP, currently untitled, that she hopes to release in late April.

"It's my first official release as Cassandra Maze," she said.

Maze performs in Nanaimo March 3 at the Queen's, as part of her Good Things are Coming Tour.

The singer-songwriter started her musical journey early in life. She started taking classical piano lessons when she was seven and writing songs when she was about 13 years old.

"My parents are musicians. The bug kind of bit me early on," said Maze, adding she loves music as an art form.

Maze is an avid music listener and said she could listen to music all day. She is continually writing and creating songs no matter where she is, out buying groceries or on a walk.

"I have 500 voice memos with bits of voice melodies," she said. "Sometimes I record in public. I've got my hand over the microphone."

While Maze first started composing songs on her own, she loves collaborating on others on pieces.

"Sometimes there is a song I've been working on a number of days and I feel it needs a new perspective and I take it to someone else," she said.

Maze creates alternative pop music but infuses her music with rock influences as well.

"It's still pop music, but it's accessible to lots of people. There is a rock grittiness to it, and alternative edge to it," she said.

Maze has been using a looping machine during her performances for the last six or seven years. She was inspired to use the machine after she saw singer-songwriter K.T. Tunstall perform the song Black Horse and the Cherry Tree live with a loop machine.

"I was really intrigued by it and went out and bought a loop pedal," she said, adding that it allowed her to create sounds in her own music that made it feel fuller when she performed solo shows.

"I love the possibilities it provides to you as a solo performer," said Maze. "The loop pedal is kind of cool, you can layer yourself."

Maze performs at the Queen's on March 3 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.