About

Maaike Siegerist is a Dutch singer-songwriter, based in Bristol. With a love of jazz chords and melodies, she writes story-telling songs about travels and remarkable people. Her music has been played on BBC Radio 6 Music, and she won the Glastonbury FM Songwriting Competition 2018.

With her band, she has performed for enthusiastic audiences at the Bristol Harbour Festival, Keynsham Music Festival and Bradford Roots Music Festival.

Maaike’s music is a quirky blend of classic jazz, Argentinian folk, and gothic metal influences. Her voice is reminiscent of Joan Baez, and she plays the acoustic guitar.

Maaike’s voice is butterflies-inducing.”
– Neil March, Demara Records

Releases

Photo of Maaike Siegerist

Maaike moved from Rotterdam to Bath to study songwriting, and recorded her debut album Born Before the Wind there. Since its release in 2017, several of its tracks were played on local and national BBC Radio.

Before the album, she released a live EP, Acoustic, and sang in jazzy pop and metal bands. She co-wrote several songs on Alarion’s prog metal album Waves of Destruction.

Maaike is currently writing and recording new singles and a jazzy EP.

Weather Balloons

In 2018, top producer James Sanger (Keane, Dido) invited Maaike to come work with him at his studio in France. Together with the British songwriter Jonni Slater, they started developing a new project – two voices and a new sound.

Back in the UK, Maaike and Jonni developed the live show. Inspired by film noir and conspiracy theories, Weather Balloons became an immersive multimedia experience of video projections and live music. They performed it eight times at Delft Fringe festival in the Netherlands in 2019.

The duo are currently working on an EP and are keen to take to show on the road.

Photo of Jonni Slater and Maaike Siegerist