By Marty Mulrooney
Alternative Magazine Online recently reviewed horror adventure game Lorelai, writing: “If there was ever any lingering doubt that Remigiusz Michalski is the Stephen King of video games (something this reviewer has been telling people since 2009), it has been squashed by Lorelai.” AMO is therefore proud to present an exclusive online interview with Maisy Kay, the game’s talented lead voice actor who also performed its beautifully haunting main theme song!
Hi Maisy Kay, thank you for your time and welcome to Alternative Magazine Online!
Hello! Thank you for having me, I’m excited to be here.
Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself please?
My name is Maisy Kay, I’m a singer-songwriter, and I’ve just gotten into voice acting, which I’m having so much fun with. I live in LA with my two loves, my PC and my rescue cat.
You’re originally from England too, right? It’s always a pleasure to chat with a fellow Brit!
Likewise! I was born and grew up in a tiny town called Claverley, which was basically in the middle of nowhere. I moved to LA about 6 years ago, but I’ve still retained my British accent. (Thank goodness!)
When did you first decide that you wanted to become a performer?
I would say I really decided I wanted to commit to music when I was about 7. I saw the musical ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ for the first time, and the way that music and the vocals made me feel, I knew I just had to find a way to keep feeling it as often as possible.
Would you describe yourself as a singer first and foremost?
I would, yes. I moved out to LA because of a record deal offer, and I’ve spent the last few years truly just working on my artistry, improving my writing and figuring out my sound. Music will always be my priority.
You recently voiced the main character in Lorelai, the latest game from Remigiusz Michalski. How did you become involved with this project?
I saw a casting call on The Cat Lady’s Facebook page, which I avidly followed as a fan of the series. I honestly debated whether to audition at all, as I was so convinced I didn’t stand a chance. After some encouragement from friends and family, I gave it a shot and submitted!
As I’m sure you could tell from my review, I thought you did an amazing job voicing Lorelai; was this really your first voice acting gig?
Thank you so much! It really was. I feel so lucky that the reception towards my role was so positive, it’s an amazing VA debut to have.
What attracted you to the role?
The casting call essentially described Lorelai as a struggling teenager, dealing with family losses and abuse, unable to find a job and be financially secure, yet still having hope in such a difficult situation. Her dreams were simple, but so powerful. I really admired that, I love that throughout it all she managed to maintain a confident mentality for the future.
How would you describe Lorelai as a character?
On the surface she looks like your typical teenage girl. Listening to loud music, dealing with boy problems, complaining about her family. (We’ve all been there, right?) Yet the more you delve into her personality, the more you discover how much depth her character carries. She manages to still be so caring despite all her hardships, as we see in her behaviour towards Zach, Bethany, and even Al and the ladies in the care home. At the same time though, she’s mature, confident, and doesn’t deal with anybody’s BS. Not even the Queen of Maggots. I mean… how badass.
How did the recording process work?
I got sent the script in segments, mostly depending on who Lorelai was talking to. So I had a script for conversations with Jimmy, Zach, Maria etc., as well as larger scripts for solo dialogue and item interaction. I recorded it script by script with my lovely engineer, Joe Napolitano, who heard me laugh, scream, and cry through it all.
You also contributed some music to the project that I absolutely loved. Did you suggest using Blood Filled Tears as the main theme, or was its inclusion requested by Remigiusz?
I love this story! This is actually how I got involved with Lorelai to begin with. Years and years ago, before I knew anything about the game (minus the name) I saw a post on The Cat Lady’s Facebook page saying they were looking for music for a new game. I got super excited and sent through Blood Filled Tears, and it got picked!! It’s so amazing to me how much the song fits the story of Lorelai, despite me knowing nothing about it. Who knew years later, I’d end up getting the role of their leading lady. It was meant to be!
Are you a gamer yourself? Have you played Lorelai yet?
Absolutely. Video games have always been a huge love of mine, and The Cat Lady was one of the first games I bought on Steam when I finally got a PC! I’ve actually done a full playthrough of Lorelai (featuring partial cosplay, and my own black cat) on the channel Maisy Plays.
What was it like working with Remigiusz Michalski? Would you like to work with him again in the future?
It was wonderful! We were both so excited about the connection between the song and my role, and he was a pleasure to work with. I would love to work with him again, if he’d have me on board of course!
What’s next for you Maisy Kay?
I have quite a few new projects coming up! I’m releasing a single next year followed by my new EP, so that’s exciting. I’m also doing both music and acting in some new games and films coming out fairly soon, so keep an eye out for that!
Thank you for your time – I really enjoyed your voice acting and singing in Lorelai and I can’t wait to see/hear what you do next!
Thank you again for having me, and for the lovely feedback! I hope you like what’s in store!
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