The themes of the new album are Love and Fear. Why did you choose those subjects ?
When I was trying to think of a title for the album, I remembered the quote I had written down a few months before. A Swiss psychologist called Elisabeth Kübler-Ross stated this theory that human beings have two primary emotions, love and fear, and all other emotions come from those two. I liked that theory because it is something universal that connects everybody. We all experience love and fear. So when I was looking at the album, I had 16 songs and I wanted to make two 8-track records so it was a very easy way to split the songs. So one record was love and the other is fear.
why two parts?
Eight tracks is a nice among of songs to listen to. So I haven’t intended for the album to be listened in full. I hope people just do one and then the other on their own time. Up to them.
The first album was very autobiographical. What about this one?
It is definitely. All of them have been about my personal life. I don’t see why else I would write if it wasn’t.
How has your relationship to music changed over the years?
My reason for writing hasn’t changed because I always start with the lyrics. If I don’t have a lyrical idea then I don’t write. It is always about trying to work something out for myself or to say something I think is important.
Why did you step back during 3 years ? Why did you decide to come back?
I liked music again so I wanted to come back! In terms of deciding to step back, I think I’ve done this for a long time, since I was 22 and I hadn’t had a period in my life where music wasn’t my number one priority. I just needed to take some time out, to do different things, which I did. I studied psychology for 6 months at University of London, I studied painting, floristry, etc. Being able to live a more “normal life”, less focus on myself, is a really positive thing. My motivation for being an artist has completely changed and for a while that confused me. Maybe if I don’t feel the same anymore, I shouldn’t be an artist.
"Being able to live a more “normal life”, less focus on myself, is a really positive thing. My motivation for being an artist has completely changed and for a while that confused me"
What is Marina Book?
I started a blog Marina Book. I was writing about things I’m interested in but I cannot talk about on social media. I was talking about social media actually, Instagram, its advantages, his disadvantages, how it is affecting our psychological states. It was just a way for me to start to communicate with people about things that weren’t related to music. Because I have so many interests outside of being an artist and that was a good platform for me to do that.
It’s important for you to speak up in literal ways rather than solely through your music?
Presenting yourself as a more multidimensional person is a good thing because it is quite difficult as an artist, also as a woman, to do that; so it has been a goal for me.
Do you think that your music helps people through their experiences?
I hope so! I read from fans that it does but I wouldn’t want to say ‘yes I does’.
What happened to « the Diamonds ?»
When I decided to take a break I decided that a lot of my identity is being connected with who I am as an artist and I felt that it was becoming almost like a cartoon. It made me feel uncomfortable. I had this construction ‘Marina and the Diamonds’ and I did not feel like a human being. So I thought I’d feel a lot more confortable just going with my first name. And I do. I feel much more better and effective just as a person in the public sphere. I created the name in 2005, so at that time it was Diamonds with the fans, I sounded like a group and I liked that but you have to grow. How people felt about that was not a priority for me.
In the end what helped you make your dream a reality?
Feeling other people believed in me. When you tell people you want to do something and they have not seeing you do that thing before, they can’t understand why you want to do that thing and have that goal or how you can. And that was difficult because it’s already difficult for yourself to set this goal and trying to achieve it. The last thing you want is having someone to go against what you want. Convincing people around me, that I was going to be good at this, was the biggest challenge. It is no longer a problem and it was my main challenge because I had doubts.
Interview: Thomas Schmidt