Artist: Drea Marilyn
Tell us about your newest single, “Calgary”.
Calgary is a song written about unrequited love. I wrote the first 2 lines of the song some years ago while I was living overseas in South Korea. At that time, I was moving around a lot. I finally wrote the rest of the song during my time in San Diego and I had one of my best friends, Jonathan Lacayo, who is a professional opera singer, sing on it.
What sparked your aural addiction?
It started at a young age. My grandma taught me piano and from there it was history. I always struggled with expressing how I feel with words and I'd be able to sit with my instrument and play for hours. The older I get the more I have to rely on being more eloquent with my words, but when given the chance, I feel I can be the most expressive with music.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
I'd love to collaborate with Feist, or Karen O, or St. Vincent. I adore them so much though I don't think I'd be able to perform under that much pressure.
Are there any genres of music you would like to try or avoid?
It'd be fun to play in a funk band. I don't think there's any genre I'd really avoid. I've played in all sorts of projects and jobs ranging from classical to punk to country to jazz and I love it all.
If/when you’re lacking inspiration, how do you kickstart your creativity?
There's a few weird habits I've developed when I'm in a creative rut. I've noticed I'll deep clean my home to clear my head. Another thing I do is I write the cheesiest things possible just to get all the bad writing out of my system. Reading a good book or watching a good movie.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I'm almost certain it was Alicia Keys 'Fallen' or something from a cartoon.
What is your favorite type of performance venue?
As much as I love playing festivals and big concerts, I've been a big fan of house shows lately. I like the intimate setting. I love how the Pacific Northwest still has that DIY sensibility. I also love performing in historical venues. It's neat hearing stories of who else has fit the bill on that stage. My old college bar used to host bands like No Doubt, Sublime, and Blink 182 when they first started. The first venue I played here in Seattle was rumored to be the first venue that booked Jimi Hendrix while he was still in high school.
How have your surroundings influenced your music?
I'm inspired by the people around me. I'm one of those odd birds that can sit by myself somewhere and people watch. As much as I want to deny it, I'm a huge romantic. Seeing people in love, being in love, falling out of it influences it a lot. I'm constantly surrounded by an eclectic bunch of people. I've always been around people from different walks of life. Finding the common denominator with the array of people I know and
love influence me greatly.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I developed a love, some may call it an obsession, for arcade basketball. Not to boast, but I'm not half bad.
What’s next for Drea?
I have a couple shows here in Seattle lined up, I'm going to be doing a tour East of the Mississippi over the summer, and I'm planning on hitting the studios later this year with some new material.
Anything you’d like to add?
Just thanks for the interview! :)
Thank you, Drea. Anytime!