Interview: Marina and the Diamonds

By on Wednesday, 8th September 2010 at 2:00 pm

The lovely Marina Diamandis (aka Marina and the Diamonds) was nice enough to take some time during her US tour to answer some of our questions. Read on to hear her thoughts on the tour, how she decided to  cover ‘Starstrukk’ and her feelings on collaborations. Also, be sure to keep an eye on TGTF for my review of her show on Monday night in Washington, DC.

You played Reading and Leeds last weekend – congratulations! How was that experience?

Good and bad. The audience was incredible on both shows and both tents were rammed to over capacity by thousands at Reading. This resulted in people getting crushed though and having panic attacks so it had a bit of a negative edge. Leeds was my fave.

You’re in the middle of your 12-date American tour right now. How does it feel to be doing shows over here? Have you visited the US before?

Yes I’ve been here quite a few times now. I have never done anything more exciting than this trip though. You all feel so right! My future is here.

Have you noticed a big difference between American audiences and British ones? Which songs are going over the best?

Fave songs are “Obsessions,” “Robot” and “Hollywood.” American audiences are a lot more loving and expressive. They make me feel uninhibited.

After your US tour, you’re hitting the UK, Europe and Australia as well, and you’re pretty booked-up through the end of the year. Do you have plans for a well-earned holiday after that? What’s next for Marina?

No, I had a holiday in August when the whole music industry goes to sleep. I don’t really like relaxing. I can’t! The video for “Shampain” was just released and as soon as this year ends, I go to Australia and then onto my next works.

You did an amazing cover of 3Oh!3 and Katy Perry’s “Starstrukk” on Radio 1’s Live Lounge. How did you come up with the arrangement and what made you choose that song in the first place?

I had to choose something in the Top 40. It was interesting to make people interpret the lyrics differently because I’m a woman singing it in a very pure fashion.


For your own songs, where do you find the most inspiration? What is your writing process like?

Lyrics come first. I get inspiration like every other artists. I observe and challenge thoughts and just draw from life.

Are there any other musicians you have plans to (or would like to) work with? I would kill to see you and Fyfe Dangerfield do something together.

No, I’m keeping well away from collaborations. There will be a right time, one day.

You were upset recently that stills from the ‘Shampain’ video were leaked, but from what I saw it looks like it will be fabulous. What did you find most upsetting about the stills being leaked?

I wasn’t that upset. Bit frustrating but nothing you can do.

Though it’s not music related, as a woman I have to mention that I love your clothes. You seem to have a lot of fun with what you wear on stage. Do you put a lot of effort into choosing what to wear for each show, or is it pretty much whatever you feel like?

I pretty much wear whatever I like. Obviously with touring more planning goes into it- but not as much as fashion mags, ect. will over analyse!

How did you first start singing and who have been your biggest influences?

I sang when no one was listening! I loved Madonna.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

That I am here to stay.

Marina and the Diamonds are currently on a North American tour that concludes on 17 September in, funnily enough, Hollywood.

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