Our WorldArts Spotlight Artist of the Month is Marina V! Check out our exclusive Q&A with Marina to hear about opening for Taylor Dayne, how she got her start in music, and more!
1) How did first get started in music?
I was singing before I started talking, according to my mom. And for as long as I can remember, I have been writing songs, at first in my head, and then later on the piano and guitar. My grandmother had a piano at her place and I recall we wrote a song together when I was 4. Then I went to a school of classical music in Moscow, but I was always afraid to share my songs (I had many song by then) with anyone. My very first public performance of my own songs was when I was already in college (Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL), and I ended up winning the first prize at my University’s talent show, I remember being blown away by that. But, most importantly, I remember people (other students) coming up to me saying how much my song moved them, and I clearly remember one girl she said she even cried. Never before I even for a second thought about my music affecting others in any way, so this was a pivotal moment in my live. That’s when I realized I wanted to have a career in music.
2) What are some of the films your songs have been in?
I’ve had my music in many films, some smaller, some bigger budget films. End credits of Frankenstein Theory, end credits song for City 40, which just came out on Netflix. I wrote the theme song for “Truth about Kerry” and “Space Command”, among others. I have also had songs in many TV shows and in a PEPSI ad.
3) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
To be yourself and to be true to yourself.
4) If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
Paul McCartney (I’m a huge Beatles fan). My dream
5) What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song
I have never done karaoke!!!
6) WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
The advice I was given (be yourself) and also to work hard and always be nice to people.
7) If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
For younger generation to see more value in music, because in the current culture music is virtually free and more and more people expect it to be free (or almost free). Think of youtube, Spotify, etc. Music is very beautiful and special, almost magical, it makes our lives better. Artist creating the music should get paid a lot more than $0.006 per stream on Spotify, for example.
8) What is the best way you’ve found to market yourselves as artists?
Performing live. It builds such strong connection between artist and audience, people remember shows for a long time, if not forever. I feel this way both as an artist and as a fan of music.
9) Back in August you opened for Taylor Dayne, what was that experience like?
It was wonderful. Great crowd and vibe, and Taylor Dayne herself was super sweet and lovely. What a voice!
10) What next on the horizon for you?
I’m always working in the studio and always recording new songs for our 2 Songs A Month Club ( www.patreon.com/MarinaV ). I also have a few dinner/concert events at my house and some touring coming up (I LOVE performing live). All info is at www.MarinaV.com
Listen to “RUN” below!