Marie was recently interviewed by Point Blank Teesside; a fanzine setup and operated by Steve Blank. A great publication for anyone interested in the local music scene.
The interview can be read in full on page 19 Edition #10 of the Point Blank Teesside here or the content below or the featured image 🙂
We speak to NE songwriter Marie Marx about her debut album ‘This is the Thing’ and a host of other things.
When did you decide to get involved in music?
I started song writing a little over three years ago after some health problems. I started to make an album just for myself really… but soon found myself out on the local open-mic scene. I started to gain a following and realised that I actually loved performing. So that’s it really… that’s how it started. I released my debut album ‘This Is The Thing’ in 2016 and I toured it in 2018 (the reason for the long gap was due to back problems). But I now can’t imagine my life without gigging.
Tell us a bit about how your ‘This is the Thing’ was recorded.
I realised I was a prolific songwriter and I was writing constantly. I needed to get something recorded. I was recommended a local studio “Mirage Recording Studios” and the producer there was impressed with my material and that’s where it began. I would turn up at the studio with three or four songs and the producer would listen to them and we’d choose which we thought was the best and record. I love the studio and this is where I feel my songs truly come alive… in fact I can’t wait to get back and record the next one.
What has been the general reaction to the record?
Everyone I’ve spoken to that has bought the album absolutely loves it. The launch of the album went incredibly well, filling the old theatre in Saltburn.
The material I write isn’t your run-of-the-mill pop. I’m kind of my own genre. I don’t write to any specific genre, so I have folk, country, indie, pop, blues etc. all under my belt… I’m really quite an accessible songwriter.
I read that one of your favourite expressions is “Where words fail, music begins”. Care to explain a bit more what you mean by that?
I started songwriting after a very trying time with health, it was very much like my own way of counselling myself… sometimes I couldn’t explain my feelings so I’d write. So that’s where “where words fail, music begins” comes from, sometimes things can’t be expressed through talking but a song can speak all that.
We all have a favourite song that we can relate to… a happy moment, a sad moment… music can really stir up emotions.
So who are some of the best acts that you’ve been lucky enough to share a stage with?
O’hooley & Tidow are the largest names I’ve shared a stage with… they’re a really really fab folk duo and if you haven’t seen them, you really should! I supported them thanks to Saltburn Folk Club… they don’t just sing, they’re funny, entertaining, a real package!
Another would have to be another brilliant duo called Steamtown… foot-stomping country music but not run-of-the-mill country music, they’ve created their own genre! It’s as if Americana met early 90’s indie! They supported me on my micro tour…
What could be done to help improve the local scene?
I think this is a really difficult question to answer without sounding unappreciative. I think a big aspect is it’s hard for original artists to make a real living and a lot of musicians are expected to give their time for free. I don’t think a lot of people realise how much time, effort, money and love is put into it. I also think that supporting each other is a massive aspect… just as you would support the artists that are famous, there’s a great deal of talent in local areas, you just need to get out and see it, witness it… I always ask people to support their local music scenes. Visit the local music scene… you may be surprised how good it actually is.