Chatterbox: Marna

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Marna, and I was born in London to a family of actors, dancers, musicians and writers. When I was about seven I started writing songs and lived in constant frustration that I didn’t have the skill to actualise them until I was sixteen, when I discovered Grimes – Claire Boucher – a badass female who DIY’d herself and her music. My Tascam DP-004 is what I recorded my first demos with.

Where did the new single come from?

I think I wrote this one in my old flat last year. I was between jobs and had a lot of time on my hands, and the place was falling apart so I stayed home a lot, waiting for people to come and fix things. 

Crossfire is certainly melodramatic, and it’s funny looking back to when I wrote it because it mattered so much at the time, but a year on I can’t even remember who it was written about! It still applies to many of my nearest and dearest though. Your relationship forms tiny cracks, you start to notice people change and they won’t let you come and fix things up. So you just stand by and wait for a miracle, tapping your foot impatiently and thinking, “Well this is a bit shit”.

When I started the new office job, I met producer of “Crossfire”, JKP. One of the first times we spoke, he mentioned he was a producer and I (uncharacteristically) forced my demos upon him. I really felt as though something good would come out of the partnership. It’s not very often you work with someone who realises your exact vision on the first go. I’m very grateful to him.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Yes ma’am. I’ll be releasing my second single nearing the beginning of August, and with the third single will come the “Crossfire EP” in later Summer.

What’s on the horizon for you?

Hopefully Jeremy Corbyn, probably a stressful house move and realistically a lot of Sainsbury’s Tortelloni. In terms of music, the reaction to “Crossfire” has really been wonderful so I’m hopeful that the good vibes will continue. Perhaps the not-too-distant future holds some live shows, and I’d like more than anything to direct my very own first music video. We’ll see!

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