Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer Mari Dangerfield to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from West London, UK. I started off playing and singing classical music, then moved onto composing, including for media. I eventually got into pop after winning a competition by mute records with a stylophone and took it from there.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up listening to classical music, a variety of pop and rock and tv themes. David Bowie was my favourite artist and I love musicals. I continue to be influenced by all these and the contemporary scene as well. I'm always listening to something new.
How would you describe your sound?
Quirky electro/alt pop with a hint of the musicals.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called Hardwired and it's a very sincere account of the anxiety I feel on a daily basis, part of trying hard to be an artist and part of the complex of my brain, which I try very hard to get out of. Lots of people get anxiety, especially artists, so I hope it's relatable for someone.
What’s your local music scene like?
There's an open mic in my town I've been to quite a few times and a lot going on in London that I've yet to get into more.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I'd like to keep releasing music and start doing some live shows as well.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I'd love to collaborate with Nilufer Yanya if I got the chance. I think she's doing some interesting stuff. I also think Naaz would be fun to collaborate with.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I recently played a first gig with the Stylophone Orchestra - we're a group that plays music on stylophones and other weird instruments. It was really fun and lots of people enjoyed listening to us.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I make music because I have something to say. I want that something to be helpful to you, to move you, to inspire you to be braver and better and feel good and feel like you can get over that hurdle and maybe even that someone understands how you feel. I hope it happens for someone that hears my music.