Rising Stars: Marina Kaye leaves you spellbound with her dark enchanting pop

“There are so many things I can’t express in my everyday life and writing them down and singing them is my only way of letting them out”, says emerging French pop talent Marina Kaye when delving into her songwriting process.

“Like with any emotion, letting them out is hard to do, but very important. I’ve often been asked if writing songs is like a cure and in reality it’s just the beginning of a cure, an essential beginning. Then other times, it can just be fun to toy around with some cool ideas and then relating it back to your own thinking.”

Her new album Twisted, released via PIAS Recordings, is an dark, enchanting record, showcasing Marina’s spellbinding vocals and captivating lyricism that shows she’s not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve.

With co-writing duties from David Stewart and Jessica Agombar, the pair behind BTS’ mega hit Dynamite, Twisted is full of deeply personal and honest moments across a sprawling palette of huge ballads, r&b and electronica.

Recorded between Los Angeles and London, the sessions culminated in massive tracks like single 7 Billion and Scream.

Twisted marks an exciting new chapter for Marina.

She was thrust into the limelight aged just 13 when she won La France a un incroyable talent – France’s equivalent of Britain’s Got Talent – and saw her debut single Homeless hit number one in her native country.

Her chart-topping debut album Fearless is now certified triple platinum.

Now aged 22, she’s spent the time in between honing her craft, releasing its follow up Explicit in France, before releasing Twisted – her first to drop in the UK.

And with live support slots with Thirty Seconds to Mars and Lindsey Stirling already under her belt, Marina Kaye is ready to take on pop’s throne.

Daily Star Online’s Rory McKeown caught up with Marina to find out about her career so far, how she’s navigated lockdown, working with David Stewart and Jessica Agombar, and how she created Twisted.

Hi Marina. How has 2020 been for you? How have you navigated lockdown as an artist?

“I am doing good! I’m adapting to the situation as much as I can. This year hasn’t been easy for me, as I had to cope with frustration, fear and loss, but I’ve also learnt a lot from it. Being in lockdown wasn’t the difficult part, I’ve been able to focus more on myself and I’ve spent a lot of time getting my thoughts in order, which was very helpful to write a lot.

“But of course the lockdown also had a negative impact on the promotion work we’ve initially planned around the release of the main single of my upcoming album Twisted. Radio and TV shows were lined up as well as live promotion that would have seen the public attend. However, all were sadly cancelled.

“It’s hard because the countries in and around Europe are tightening up restrictions again as the circumstances are getting worse.

“I’m incredibly proud of my album and all the work I’ve put into it, so the idea of not being able to defend it through promo, and even worse, not being able to meet my audience live and on tour really upsets me.

“There is nothing compared to sharing your new music on tour and communicating with your audience and see and feel how they embrace your new music. Hopefully early next year the situation will be different and will have improved, and I pray we can all come out of this stronger.”

You’re about to release your new album Twisted, which is also your first in the UK. What was its writing and recording process like?

“It was insanely cool and easy. We spent a lot of time initially travelling to LA in order to meet with songwriters. The most difficult bit in the beginning is finding the right people to write with. There needs to be a real feeling between us since it’s quite an intimate process of opening up about your inner feelings and then there needs to be chemistry, including on the music.

“I was first introduced to David Stewart and Jessica Agombar’s music through their publisher when I was in LA and I really loved one of the tracks they had worked on. I ended up writing most of the album with them and we had so much fun. Writing songs was just easy with them.”

Twisted is a deeply personal record. You’re quoted as saying “if you can read between the lines – if you listen to my songs very closely – you can know everything about me”. What’s it like delving into your inner most thoughts and feelings and putting them into song form?

“It's really essential. It can be a difficult journey as you’re often stirring around really deep and sensitive feelings. Things you’ve been through, more often than not, difficult things. There are so many things I can’t express in my everyday life and writing them down and singing them is my only way of letting them out.

“Like with any emotion, letting them out is hard to do, but very important. I’ve often been asked if writing songs is like a cure and in reality it’s just the beginning of a cure, an essential beginning. Then other times, it can just be fun to toy around with some cool ideas and then relating it back to your own thinking.”

It’s an incredibly varied album, ranging from huge ballads to electronic and R&B. What was it like seeing the record blossom from initial ideas to its final form?

“Absolutely insane and amazing. As you start the writing process, you can go all over the place with songs and ideas and in the end for this album, I had about 30 songs. Then comes the tough process of selecting which ones I want to use and produce for the album in a way that keeps harmony across the album, but allows me to move around in my musical space.

“An album to me has to be a story you’re telling that takes you through the full scope of what I can do. When I’m listening to the album now I think of all the amazing sessions I had and all the work and passion I put in it and I’m so proud of it.”

Production and co-writing duties came from the likes of David Stewart and Jessica Agombar, who worked on BTS' major hit Dynamite. What was it like working with revered figures like these?

“I met David and Jessica two years ago and they hadn’t written Dynamite yet. But they were already the best songwriters/producers I had ever worked with and had some huge tracks that I was able to listen to.

“One of the most important elements to me is how well they understood me and as a result how seamless the whole writing process was. We would never leave the studio at the end of a day without having a fully written track. They’re insanely talented and our sessions were with no doubt the best I’ve ever had.”

Is there a song you’re most proud of on Twisted?

“Honestly I don’t! I’m in love with every song on Twisted. They feel like a huge part of me because I really put everything into each song, so I’m not sure if I can pick a favourite! Although I will say that I am especially proud of 7 billion because the lyrics tell the story so well, and I think the melody is terrific.

“I also will mention Blind Heart because it’s completely different to anything I’ve done before, and I’m really proud of the result. The song has let me cross into another genre that I hadn’t experimented with before.”

You won La France a un incroyable talent aged just 13, your debut single Homeless hit number one in France, and your debut album Fearless did the same. How have you evolved as a musician during this period?

“I’ve learned so much as a singer, songwriter and producer during these years. But I also learned a lot about the business and how to deal with fame. I feel like I have grown up faster than most kids my age. As I’ve grown up my style has definitely reflected that change, and has evolved over time.

“My style has also evolved as I became more aware of what I was doing with time. Looking back, I feel as if I was in control of the process much more than I was before when I was still learning the basic things. Luckily things have come to me quite intuitively, so I’ve always been able to have strong convictions in what I want to do and where I want to go.

“As you get older, the people around you begin to listen to your opinions and take them seriously. I don’t have to fight my corner anymore or try to persuade people on my ideas.”

You’ve supported the likes of Thirty Seconds to Mars and Lindsey Stirling. What did you learn from these experiences?

“I’ve learned how to perform by watching people like Jared Leto doing it so effortlessly and by seeing Lindsey putting so much passion into every performance. I was terrified when I was opening for them and now it feels natural for me to be on stage.

“Also, since these supports were very early in my career – I was barely 16 when I opened for TSTM – so you learn because you have no prior experience, but you also learn how to deal with difficult situations when something goes wrong technically and sometimes that happened.”

When did you first get into music and performing? Who were your main inspirations and heroes?

“I started to sing when I was 11 years old. France’s Got Talent was my first performance in front of a crowd although I don’t consider that as me being an artist at the time, but simply a candidate in a talent show.

“My first performances as an artist was my showcase for TGIT Music in February 2013, followed by the support dates that started in 2014. Thereafter, came my first headline shows in 2015.

“My hero is and will always be Prince, but Bruno Mars and Katie Perry have always inspired me.”

What’s next for Marina Kaye? Do you have an ultimate goal?

“Releasing Twisted, performing on December 8 at the Alhambra which is a venue in Paris – that is if the current situation around the Covid virus allows for it – and hopefully going on tour next year. My ultimate goal would be to write a better album than this one. And it’s not gonna be easy so wish me luck!”

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