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Abuse and dependency – the shocking truth behind Marina Matiss’ happy summer tune Lovebugs
Marina Matiss talks about her dark past and how one single event made her break free and reach for the stars.
Marina, your newest single Lovebugs is a light, beautiful summer tune – but it has a few dark undertones. Where do they come from and what do they mean?
It’s true, I love Lovebugs for this reason: It’s light and happy and easy – just like the summer, just like me. My fans know that I am exactly like that.
But it also has a dark side I haven’t really talked about so far. Or in other words: There was a dark time in my life and somehow this darkness finds its way into my music – even into such a happy tune like Lovebugs.
“There was a lot of physical and mental abuse from my parents, complete dependency and simply no room for dreams in music.”
What happened? Is it connected to why you started your musical career just recently?
It’s definitely connected. I always knew I wanted to sing since I was 4 but my family made sure I would concentrate on getting a real and serios profession. There was a lot of physical and mental abuse from my parents, complete dependency and simply no room for dreams in music. It’s sad and eventually I had to escape.
That’s very rough. Got it easier or harder after you fled?
Somehow both. I felt free for a moment but I also came very close to living on the street. No income, no money to pay rent, no money for food and 10 days before being evicted. Facing the abyss does something to you.
“After days with no food I was so thin that I stood out from the crowd”
How did you get out of this?
I’d love to tell you that a fine university degree, being fluent in 7 languages and a hundred-something CVs in circulation did the trick. But it didn’t. What saved me was putting my best dress on and being spotted by a model scout on the street. After days with no food I was so thin that I stood out from the crowd – it’s ironic. I cried when I got my first paycheck.
After an experience like this: Were you not afraid to start something as unstable as a music career?
I was terrified. In fact I was so afraid that I spent the little money I made on financing yet another university degree, this time in business, just to boost my chances for whatever work opportunity. Naturally I clinged to the first job I landed and had no intention to ever let it go again.
“I was hiding in the cosiness of comfort and it slowly made me forget my dreams. “
So what made you decide to finally take the risk and go into music?
Working 9 to 5 is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is the stability, the curse is the comfort that it brings. Comfort feels great but it secretly makes you afraid of change. It gets to a point where you don’t want to change anything anymore because change brings a lot of uncertainty – and that is scary. I was hiding in the cosiness of comfort and it slowly made me forget my dreams. Once again I was completely controlled – just in a different way.
“What the hell are you wasting your life with? You are free, damned – go for it!”
But when I watched “Bohemian Rhapsody” it was like a wake up call. It was as if Freddie himself would yell at me “What the hell are you wasting your life with? You are free, damned – go for it!”
I couldn’t lie to myself any longer. I knew what I wanted, I knew it since I was 4, and I promised myself that nothing and no one would ever put me in a cage again. I promised myself to start doing the right thing: creating amazing music! Because if Freddy could do it against all odds, then I could do it as well.
So I bought a piano I couldn’t afford, started composing and it felt as if I got my life back. It felt great.
“I respect strong people with beautiful, independent minds who are willing to take risks.”
Is this the feeling of independence you sing about in Lovebugs?
Independence is a very important value for me, not. Perhaps the most important one. Independence, the possibility to choose without worrying about anyone else’s opinion – whether it is a job you take up, your looks, people you spend your life with. It doesn’t matter. I respect strong people with beautiful independent minds who are willing to take risks and do what is right to them – even if it is new, unusual, controversial or simply scary. Just like writing a happy song with dark harmonies. Or facing uncertainty to break free. It’s what independence is all about, it’s what my fans know me for.
Where are you now and what is your next project?
I’m spending my days between Madrid and Barcelona and the happy summer vibe in Lovebugs is certainly influenced by living next to the beach right now. My next project will be in Spanish, we shot the music video entirely by the sea and it has a burning piano in it. But that’s a story for another time.
Marina Matiss’s single Lovebugs is now available for free.
Multifaceted rap vocalist and producer Vbae continues her momentum with high-energy new track “Cash” making it clear she has her eyes on the prize.
Boston-born, Florida-based VBAE exudes enthusiasm. First breaking into the public eye as a model and actress, she quickly showed another wildly-talented side of her ability in crafting and performing infectious rap music. Stepping up both behind the mic and as a producer VBAE just dropped her latest single “Cash”, a super-charged, swagger-filled song which makes it clear she plans on succeeding in a big way. The combination of skill and passion is quite compelling and may be just what the rap world is looking for in 2020 and beyond.
“So many L’s now I’m up what you expect,” commented VBAE with a smile. “I love entertaining and raw honesty so rap is a natural domain for me.”
In her personal life VBAE is a committed vegan, something she isn’t shy about dropping hints about in her songs for those who are paying attention. So far she’s released a full EP, and two other singles, which are all available for streaming and download online. Both her releases and her YouTube videos, which also showcase her beauty and personality, have been met by rap fans with enthusiasm. Expect “Cash” to get the best response yet.
“Cash” is available now on all of the major digital platforms.
Expect more music from the lyricist, songwriter and producer soon, with live performances planned as soon as conditions permit.
For more information on VBAE and to stay caught up with her latest news be sure to visit https://vbae.me.
VBAE™ was born in Boston MA where she spent most of her early childhood years. At 14, she moved to central Florida and got her start in modeling and acting. After establishing herself for a number of years, she has recently transitioned to her true passion -music. Over the years Vbae has established herself as a professional rap artist, music producer, actress, and model.
Texas and Bermuda island’s native up-coming singer and songwriter Ravoshia (pronounced Raa-vash-shia) is receiving love for her latest single Fashion Killa. It is now playing on radios nationwide in the US and making its reach with positive love from other countries such as Australia, UK, Germany and overseas in the Caribbean. Fashion Killa is has a message of embodying being confident and stylish She gives a edgy, creative and soulful performance in this record and video.
When asked what inspires him to create music, Blaque Rose states, “my love for music of course.” This is nowhere more apparent than in his new EP ‘Super Natural.’ The indie-pop singer-songwriter hones in on the sentimental as he depicts an ethos of another era within this eclectic EP. Self-professedly creating “expensive” music, Blaque Rose wanders through the themes of love, loneliness and the big world around us as he curates a body of work which speaks to many different experiences. Whilst overflowing with catchy hooks, thick synths and pulsating drum beats, ‘Super Natural’ fuses elements of electronic, punk and pop whilst remaining grounded in Blaque Roses’ expertly constructed soundscape. Employing the production talents of Nicole Ranalli and the slick engineering expertise of Will Chason, Blaque Rose’s versatile and dynamic vocal presence is elevated as his melodies swim in a landscape of nostalgic synths.
The single from this retro-indie EP, ‘Silver Train,’ kicks off the collection of sentimental bangers with a vibrant start. Evoking vivid imagery of fleeting loves – the kind of passing crushes we all have on that random person on the bus – Blaque Roses’ vocal transcend his notions of insecurity within this topic, as his unwavering, unique tones are carried by a driven drum line. Accompanying this 3 minute and 40 seconds through Blaque Rose’s psyche, Brandi Meadow’s beautifully brings Rose’s infatuation fantasy’s to life. Employing childlike imagery like picking dandelions and teddy bears, Blaque Rose’s sentiments are furthered into a visual space as we are reminded there is something very human about this polyamorous tendency.
Preceding the groove-anthem “Funky Vibe,” Blaque Rose’s latest venture showcases seemingly never-ending facets to his artistry. Accumulating rave reviews and appealing to dedicated fans worldwide, its apparent Blaque Rose’s momentum is unstoppable. Whilst making retro sounds and nostalgic synths fresh with his own unique style, Blaque Rose’s innovation and subtle genre-fusing is securing his place as one of the most exciting up and coming musicians breaking through right now.
On June 24th, indie-pop songwriter, musician and producer Blaque Rose was interviewed by London’s fantastic presenter, producer and DJ Kamilla Rose. This was aired on instagram channel BEAM (@Beam.ig). Kamilla has been aired on Red Bull Music UK, KISS FM and Foundation, a female-led online station. The pair spoke about the latest release of Blaque’s new EP, which dropped on 14th February 2020 – such a romantic date to choose for a music release right? Watch that interview here:
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Born and raised in Croydon, sultry South London artist Lishana is singing about hood love in her sexy new single ‘Make Sure’. With breathy R&B vocals and from-the-heart lyrics, ‘Make Sure’ is an anthem about keeping it real in a relationship, in the bedroom and beyond.
Lishana, who auditioned on The Voice UK in 2016, first started making music as a child. She took piano lessons from age 8 and spent most of her early teen years performing for fun before deciding to develop her raw talent into a career. Inspired by the go-getter attitude of R&B icon Aaliyah, Lishana is ready to become a breakthrough artist.
“This song is about a girl digging a guy from the hood. She not only wants to make him feel good in a physical sense, but also a spiritual sense. In my music, I want to reach broken hearts, broken souls and broken spirits. I’m with them.” – LISHANA
‘Make Sure’ is available now on all digital streaming platforms.
Byron Walker is a Preacher, Author, Artist, Songwriter, and a Servant of the Lord! His mission is to spread the love of Jesus to many by sharing the Word and through song!
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Jackie is a brazilian artist, who has made quite a name for herself writing for other singers, but uses occasionally a song will be too personal to give to someone else, Pieces is one of them. The song sounds almost like a cross between Adele and Lewis Capaldi, very much focused on bringing a message out. While some of Jackie’s songs are made to make you dance and live large, this one is for the moments where you just want to scream the lyrics along in a car with friends, or listen to when you’re in the feels. I know it had all of us shedding a tear or two. As times are tough right now for everyone, Jackie paused all her current releases, except this one. SHe felt it could help a few people through. It’s a song about love, about pain and about support, no matter what. The star of this tune is emotion. The emotion that comes out of the voice. The type of song where u know the words the second time through and its stuck in your head. This is Jackie going back to her piano routes.
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