Maria Minerva is Maria Juur (b. 1988) from Tallinn, Estonia. In Tallinn, Maria was freelancing as an art and music critic while studying art history at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2010, Maria wrote her BA on Estonian sound art, therefore becoming the first sound art scholar in the country. Together with her partner-in-crime Maria Arusoo, she was also one half of the artist duo mariaUNDmaria. It was during her 3rd year of uni when she got into music-making and quickly became the local lo-fi princess.
Maria's love affair with London began in 2009 when she was interning at The Wire Magazine, in 2010 she moved to London permanently to do her Masters at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2011, Maria Minerva signed to the acclaimed Los Angeles based label Not Not Fun and released her debut cassette "Tallinn At Dawn", Not Not Fun's dance-oriented daughter-label 100% Silk also put out her 12" "Noble Savage". On August 1, Not Not Fun released her LP, the highly anticipated "Cabaret Cixous" both on CD and vinyl. Maria has been featured in the Guardian, the NME, Uncut, Vice Magazine, The Wire Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Vogue and countless other publications. Her new record, “Will Happiness Find Me?” is out now.
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