Exclusive Interview with Barcelona Indie-pop artist, Songwriter, and Model Marina Matiss
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I always knew I wanted to be a singer, since I was 4 I would grab a comb and perform jumping on the bed, imagining I’m on the stage will millions of people watching me. I was also gathering the grannies living in our house and do gigs for them. The absolutely loved it and I was the happiest kid.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My latest release – El Perdón is a song I wrote about my last relationship. It was very difficult, very painful. I’ve been depressed for nearly a year after that and even though I mostly write music in English, this melody came to me suddenly together with the lyrics in Spanish and I simply had no right to change it or translate it because it would mean that I’d try to deform my feelings and emotions.
I also made a video for it and I felt like burning something. In the end, I found an antique piano and set its’ heart in flames. This way I could have the five elements: earth, fire, water, air, and music.
In the video everything is real, no chroma, even the fire. We used a special trick though to keep the piano safe, so the instrument did not burn.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Artists generally have to deal with their emotional rides going up and then falling down. Today you do an interview with a great magazine and tomorrow you have to cancel a gig. Many start having problems close to bipolar disorder, some really can’t deal with it. I really try to stay objective, not overthink, not overreact.
Also being an independent artist is a hard full-time job that demands your presence 24/7, but I always set a number of things that have to be done before the end of the day or before each break. It’s great because I get the things done, but sometimes I feel I just physically need a break. I’m trying to find a good balance.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
The only guy I know who is sure he does an amazing job is Kanye West 🙂 Most musicians are in doubt and can’t know for sure if the music that they make is good enough if people will understand and share the feelings they tried to captivate in their lyrics.
Take the movie about Elton John – Rocketman when he just wouldn’t go out of the loo because he was scared, or when Billie Eilish wanted to cancel the release of her album that would later get a Grammy. We are all in doubt, and it is natural. Art is very subjective and the more hours you spend building up your skills, the more sincere you are at what you do, the better the outcome.