When you listen to singer-songwriter Marin, she sounds like a seasoned vet who has been doing this for years. That isn't far from the truth at all - despite releasing the enthralling 'Day 42' only a few weeks ago, Marin has been in a relationship with music for as long as she can remember.

The North London singer has become known for her unique blend of jazz and electronics. 'Day 42', described as a song about change and transition, leaves one mulling over personal thoughts and experiences. Time to find out more about this intriguing artist...



Who is Marin?
I guess if you mean in terms of an artist, I am a North London jazz singer. I sing over electronic production; it's all quite minimal and dark and I guess that's my thing.

So how did you find that sound and decide this was what you were going to go for?
Growing up, I've always been into music and I struggled with a few vocal teachers whilst I was starting out singing and learning how to sing technically. Then I was lucky enough to find my current vocal teacher and she was jazz trained so she introduced me to that whole style of music. It was a lot freer than the classical bits and bobs that I had been pushed towards before. I found her and started working with her for a while, I just fell in love with that style of music. On the flipside, in terms of what I'd been listening to, I've always been into fairly odd, quite dark and electronic things and I guess it was an experiment to begin with. It was just about fusing two things that I love.

What made you decide that you were going to start recording music?
I'd always done it for fun and I guess it's when I had the idea to fuse the two together and there wasn't really anyone out there doing that, there still isn't really which is good for me [laughs]. When I realised that I figured that this could be quite a fun thing to do and that's all it was. I've been lucky in that it's been heard by the right people.

What were you listening to in your house growing up?
Growing up is probably quite cringe [laughs]. I listened to it all. It was old school, powerful R&B singers, my mum used to listen to Whitney Houston and people like that. Then of course I got into the whole jazz thing and I started listening to Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. When I got older and started going out, it was all club nights and I'd go to a few warehouse raves and James Blake would show up and do a set, which is what I grew to like. So it's quite an eclectic mix and I've listened to a big mix of things growing up.

Who would you say your favourite artist of all time is?
I don't really have one, I listen to so many different people and I'm constantly looking for new artists to fall in love with. I wouldn't want to pick a favourite.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Again it's just going back to that whole jazz thing and from a singing perspective, it's all about the emotion and the feeling. Then it's looking at the music, all the producers that I was listening to and it's all about less is more. There's a lot you can do with space and just a few simple chords and playing around with that. You don't have to have loads going on, it's all about minimalism.

What's been your best experience in life so far?
I'd probably say where I'm at right now. It's a really interesting time for me, as I've said I'm really fortunate with all the right people hearing my music and I couldn't be happier with that. So I think the best time is now, it's exciting, new and I don't know where things are going to go but I'm excited by that.

What's your day-to-day like at the moment?
Day to day, gosh, it's quite varied [laughs]. I'm recording on Thursday, so tomorrow I will probably wake up, grab some breakfast, pull out my laptop and go back through some things that I'll be recording in that session. Going through my lyrics and finalising everything. I've also got a meeting with a producer tomorrow so I'll do that at some point. Then go home and sleep!

So how would you describe your creative process?
It varies and it depends who I'm working with. So you know sometimes I'll have a session with a producer and we'll get together for a day and we'll play around for a few different things. Sometimes I will have producers send me things and we'll talk before meeting and work on an instrumental to get it to a stage where we're both happy with it. I do top line and I write my own lyrics and melodies so it's very much an addition to an instrumental. So I guess in terms of lyrics, I always write fairly specifically to a track that I've been sent. I do occasionally get random ideas but usually I write for whatever I'm working on. I think I mentioned in another interview somewhere that I'll often be on the tube and I'll see someone that looks a bit sad or angry, then I'll think about what might have happened to them and then I'll write something based on that.

When did you first start writing songs?
I've been singing for a long, long time and pretty much since I could speak [laughs]. In terms of writing, it was only a few years ago really. As I mentioned, once I started to see that there was a way that I could fuse two styles of music that I really enjoyed I had to create my own stuff because there was none of it out there. Doing more and more of it has meant that it's become second nature.

I know a few people have written different things on it but what's your interpretation of 'Day 42'?
Yeah there are lots out there, it's been fun and I'm quite elusive [laughs]. I don't tend to be too explicit in what I'm saying. 'Day 42' for me, on a top level, is about going through changes and periods of transitions and not really knowing how you're going to come out on the other side. It's about uncertainty and change. It doesn't apply to a specific scenario for me because I like the fact that it can apply to so many different situations.

What are your ambitions for your career?
First and foremost, it's finishing a few tracks that I've been working on and of course I'll have an EP which will drop towards the end of this year, so I'm really excited about that. Moving forward, hopefully I'll get to do some really cool shows and I love doing live stuff. After that hopefully an album but I won't look too far ahead, I don't want to jinx it.

Where would be your number one place to play in the world?
Number one place in the world? Ooh I haven't really thought about it. I'm really into doing quite small, intimate gigs but I don't have a specific venue in mind. I'd love to do something really small and intimate in London because it's home, that's always going to be the dream. Travelling would be great as well and if it's live stuff, I'm happy.


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