For musician, singer-songwriter, composer, producer and artist, Mari Dangerfield, growing up with a dad that played lots of music was fundamental to developing a passion for learning to play instruments. Having cultured a broad interest in Alternative and Electronic music Mari admits “it came from what I knew and what I had access to mostly; working with my limitations. As what I have access to develops I hope to move on accordingly.”
At the age of fourteen Mari developed what she describes as “a strong musical obsession” with musician David Bowie. According to Mari, with Bowie she found that “the more I got to know him the more I felt brave about stepping out of my comfort zone and trying different things.” Mari also discovered the musical pleasures of the stylophone through Bowie’s work. Many other artists and songwriters both past and present have been a source of enjoyment for Mari, especially when they create a great melody in their work.
The creative process for Mari when writing new music involves a strong concept or melody or at times both together. Mari’s music usually explores themes such as feeling like an outsider, the intricacies of humanity and love, mental health as well as technology vs nature.
Mari is completely responsible for the aesthetic of her musical persona. She describes this aspect of creativity as “another form of expression for me that connects to the music.” Although Mari acknowledges that its very easy as an artist to keep your head down and create in a vacuum she believes it’s important for her to experience the real world to feed her imagination as part of her creative process. She also stays off technology for a couple of days a week to further help with her creativity. “We need to allow that mental space of ‘boredom’ to exist in order to get to that idea where great ideas can be born” Mari believes. Watching documentaries and learning about the experiences of other artists also serve as sources of inspiration for Mari.
Although Mari says that live performances can be “nerve-wracking at times” she really enjoys them and confesses “I get a buzz out of it and the fact that I get to share songs that I’ve written with strangers in a room and that they actually enjoy them is the coolest thing!”
Understanding the importance of connecting with her fans, Mari keeps herself present on social media. Of late she has been engaging fans more by asking them for song ideas and then sharing those on her social media and her Patreon.
For the future Mari is hoping for some big strides in her music. “As long as I can keep doing this music thing, whether I can do it every single day or just some days I’ll be happy!” she explains.
For new listeners to her music Mari suggests “If you’re open-minded about what you listen to but like a good tune, I might just be for you!” The work of this creative, talented and unique musician is well worth seeking out.
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