Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Carlisle singer marblmoon to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Carlisle in Cumbria, some say it's the North of the North, if this was GoT we'd all be wildlings! I got into music because my parents had an amazing music taste, I can remember the school run just being filled with The Beatles, Queen, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac, it blew my little brain away.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Everybody mentioned above, I think every musician is influenced by The Beatles in some way, that's just a given. Following that my auntie introduced me to The Smiths and that came at a perfect time for teenage angst and songwriting. I then discovered influences such as Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin. Now I listen to literally anything, I think my music taste leans more towards indie but I appreciate every genre I think. I love sad lyrics disguised in a happy bop, that's my bread and butter.
How would you describe your sound?
This question's quite hard because I'm still discovering it! I would definitely say it's alternative with nods to classic pop. People have described my music as 'ethereal and atmospheric'. I also had an audience member describe my performance as 'spooky' once, which I loved.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is actually my EP 'Glitter & Gold' that came out on Friday! It has been such a wonderful and humbling experience to create something and work on it from start to finish. I wanted to create something similar to Florence & the Machine or First Aid Kit's first releases; something experimental with room for improvement, I wanted my naivety in music to shine through but also create this row of well produced tracks and I think I achieved that. This is only the beginning after all.
What’s your local music scene like?
Carlisle is a small city, but when I moved here I was surprised at how big the indie music scene is. There's something on every weekend and the venues are amazing, I've played in basements and vintage shops, to cafes and sometimes even the city centre. I got into the Carlisle music scene through an event called 'Glass City' that allows artists who write their own material whatever the genre, to be part of line ups in different venues, where you can network and meet different people. It's exactly the sort of thing you need when you're just starting out.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Well my EP's just been released so I'm just going to be basking in that for a while. I'm playing a few gigs in the summer, the big one being Kendal Calling which I'm so excited about. I went last year and told myself I would play next year and here we are!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
So many people! The ones that come to mind probably don't come as any surprise, Florence, Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift ugh so many.. I'd actually love to collaborate with Phoebe Bridgers, I always joke about being the fourth member of Boy Genius but I'm deathly serious. Production wise I'd love to work with Jack Antanoff, he seems to just light songs on fire with something so special and I want to know what it is!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
So many, I've been gigging for 10 years so there's been a lot of funny shows. I remember covering Toxic by Britney Spears and this man just getting up and doing this really slow, interpretive dance wiggling around for the whole song, I think he was in a trance.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I write and arrange my own songs, I do everything, I'm unsigned and don't have any form of management right now so anything you see on social media or otherwise has taken a lot of time, I think that'll be important in the long run. Also I'm a Taurus with a scorpio moon, don't mess.