Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman
Folk vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Marika Hackman has such a mesmerizing essence. Displayed in her new EP Deaf Heat, her sweet and gentle vocals not only sooth, yet create an overall comforting and relaxing release with hints of psychedelia and grunge. Indulge in our recent interview with Marika below, where we discuss recording her new EP, flies crashing shows, and dancing like Beyoncé.

AMBY: Hello Marika, welcome to AMBY. Please introduce yourself to our readers!

Marika Hackman: Hello my name is Marika, I’m a musician from England, it’s very nice to meet you.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Marika Hackman: It’s quite hard to pin it down to one particular genre, but I would say it was a mixture of folk and grunge with elements of psychedelia.

AMBY: Your new EP Deaf Heat was released earlier this month. What was the experience like recording the EP?

Marika Hackman: Very enjoyable, it’s always fun working with Charlie.  We had two weeks in the studio and we just layered up the songs in a very organic way.  We like to experiment with random instruments and play around with stuff, rather than over thinking things.

AMBY: What’s the significance behind the title Deaf Heat?

Marika Hackman: It’s a line from one of the tracks, Call Off the Dogs, and I just felt like it stood out and suited the whole record.  I also realised, having already picked it, that it links in quite well with Sugar Blind as a title.  It also sounds like defeat, and I think that a strong theme of the record is the idea of giving into yourself and letting go.

AMBY: As far as songwriting goes on the EP, what or who were your biggest influences?

Marika Hackman: This is always a surprisingly hard question to answer.  I find it so hard to pin down influences as I never hear something or feel something and decide to write in that style.  It’s probably easier for other people to pick them out.  That’s such a cop out answer but I really don’t know.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to Marika Hackman at a show?

Marika Hackman: I was halfway through playing Mountain Spines and the atmosphere was great, everyone was silent, and as I inhaled before the big note into the chorus, a whacking great fly got sucked up my nostril.  I just had to stop, apologise, casually snort it out and carry on.

AMBY: If you could trade places with another artist in the music industry for one day, who would it be?

Marika Hackman: Probably Beyoncé so I could do some ridiculous dancing for 24 hours.

AMBY: Which Marika Hackman lyric is your favourite?

Marika Hackman: I just finished writing a song which ends with the lines ‘we exist at night and a silent strip of light unfurls against the mountain side’.  that’s my favourite at the moment, but it’s probably because it’s a new one so it feels fresh.

AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?

Marika Hackman: I can’t wait to record my album.  it’s going to be so satisfying to make a full length record, I guess any album is a milestone in an artist’s career, but I think with a debut it feels like a chance to really make your mark on the music industry.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Marika Hackman that nobody knows yet?

Marika Hackman: Haha not telling.

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Thank you Marika Hackman, for giving us your answers!

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