Singer Maggie Kubley On Band Breakups, Getting Sober, And Going Solo
Press play above to hear Jenn White’s interview with Kubley from WBEZ’s The Morning Shift.
Bands form, they work on their sound, they rise, they fall and and
sometimes... they break up.
After Chicago indie band Celine Neon broke up last summer, singer Maggie Kubley has been redefining her sound as a solo artist.
Her new EP, “Come Over,” is dropping April 10, but first she answered seven questions about everything from her favorite Chicago venue to where she goes to hide in the city.
What song do you listen to when you need motivation?
If you could play any one game for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Kubley: Dominoes. Love dominoes. I used to play it with my grandma.
Where’s your favorite place to hide in Chicago?
Kubley: Can I say “my bed” or is that too real? That’s it. My bed. Or King Spa!
What’s the song you most closely associate with your childhood?
Kubley: It’s a tie between Whitney Houston’s “Wanna Dance With Somebody” and the entire Glass Houses album by Billy Joel.
My dad used to have a Ford Mercury with a tape player and I think Glass Houses was the only tape he had in there. Also, when I was a really little kid, my family used to have family dancing nights, and my family had the Whitney Houston album, and we have videos of us dancing our hilarious kid dance moves. It makes me cry laughing.
You’re in a Marvel-style fight scene. What song would you listen to to get pumped up?
Kubley: The Beyonce and Jack White collab, “Don’t Hurt Yourself.”
Favorite venue to play in Chicago?
Kubley: I love playing the Green Mill. They have a great piano, everyone pays attention. It’s very intimate and wonderful.What’s currently in your Netflix queue?
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.