Marina Matiss is a multilingual singer and songwriter who writes songs o English and in Spanish. She studied piano at a young age and plays some guitar. Marina received a MBA degree, but decided not to pursue a career in corporate business. Her first love is music. She comes from a musical family, but her mother, who is a music teacher, was very concerned about her daughter’s interest in a music career. Matiss pursued music anyway, and started recording songs shortly after she bought her first piano. Within a short time, she attracted top-notch producers and has worked with David Palau (Bon Jovi, Toto, Alejandro Sanz) and Arthur Pingrey (Sting, Sia). Her new single,
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I always wanted to make music and be an artist, since I remember. However, for a long time I lived a "normal" life, until I went to the cinema and watched Bohemian Rhapsody. Thanks to Freddie, I got out of the cinema thinking "what the hell am I doing with my life?" This is when I decided to really do it.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I guess it was the very beginning when I finally decided to give it all to become an artist and make my music and it was as if the whole Universe said "maan finallyy". Examples: I started looking for a piano as I didn't have one in the city where I lived. The one I liked cost me 1000 euros, that I didn't have. Suddenly my company decided to change my contract type, prior to the end of the previous one, for whatever reason, and they paid me an extra 1000 euros, literally the next day, and I decided to get a piano. After that, I sang life on a local radio and was noticed by David Palau, one of the greatest guitarists, who offered to work together on a project.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I believe it is very subjective and for me a high point means something really really significant like winning a Grammy, so something that big is, I hope, yet to come. But even if it doesn't there's something very important that I believe many artists share: the most valuable part of the artist's life is the fact that he creates. An artist's creation is a kind of a horcrux: a true artist can never die as he still has parts of his soul safe inside the pieces of his art. It makes him fearless in front of death.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Most of the times a song is just born in my head and starts sounding in my head; I'm listening to it as if it was a radio and sometimes I can't get rid of it until it's recorded. There are songs that I wrote inspired by a feeling or even an image. When I have an idea for a song, I first start playing it on my piano, then do a simple production on Garageband and after that, I send it to a producer to finish it up.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I'd say it's the cement wall between the two worlds: commercial and indie because for now you can get a really really big auditory mostly by being shown on commercial TVs, radios, magazines as this is where most of the people are and for now there's no way you can get through unless you are signed. However I'm really happy to see more and more opportunities given to indie artists and also seeing some artists becoming really famous without the help of a label - it is so inspiring because htere is so much hard work behind this.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Oh God, Arctic Monkeys :) Alex Turner is my personal special kind of meditation. I'm absolutely in love with the music they make from the first second I heard them and the achievements of the band deserve all my respect.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I do what everyone does: playing and singing until it becomes automatic and you don't even have to think about a single word anymore. But I also love, if there's a possibility, to come and sit on the empty stage. In the darkness. Just becoming united with the place and trying to kind of listen to the sounds that where there in the past, imagining the acts, shows, gigs that already happened here. It's a bit strange but it gives so much energy.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I'm working on it right now :) For the first time I'm trying to write a song that didn't just come to me itself but I'm trying to build it around an idea. The concept of it is very serious, social and political and it's important to me to find the right words and the right musical combination; it feels like I'm trying to pick up the hardest ever lock, but I really really need to get in.
What's coming up in the future?
I'm going to release several singles soon and will soon be making a video, at the same time I'm working on my album.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
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