After spending the last few years unveiling a wealth of bold and engaging releases, London-based artist Mari has now made her triumphant return on the soaring new single 'Rocky Mountain'.
Channelling a brilliantly dense and powerful atmosphere from start to finish, 'Rocky Mountain' makes for a compelling listen throughout. With her rich and textured voice riding a bed of euphoric electronic production, she is certainly one to keep an eye on for the future.
So with her new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and what has inspired her most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
It was the guitar! I was about thirteen. I tried piano and cello lessons when I was younger, but there was never that feeling of “this feels right” like I had with the guitar.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
How long have you got? I loved so many different kinds, the answer is all over the place. But I was notably obsessed with ‘Riot grrrl’ bands for quite some time.
What was the first album you remember owning?
It was a CD of R.E.M’s Monster.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac. That song is perfection.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Hmm... Not really.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Hundred Waters, Alex G, and Yves Tumor. Also, the Twin Peaks soundtrack apparently haha.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Whatever band Maynard James Keenan is in right now.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
I think being a musician period. Being able to express yourself through song? It blows one’s mind when you really think about it. Just to be a musician is a reward in and of itself.
And what is the most frustrating part?
In my opinion it kind of works best when you allow yourself to be vulnerable, and that is its own challenge. But I suppose on the flip side, allowing yourself to be vulnerable is very rewarding too.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Never take yourself too seriously.
Mari's new single 'Rocky Mountain' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.