Spotlight Interview With Iris marlowe
Iris Marlowe brings us a fresh single with an alternative undertone Country style that breaks borders and boundaries to give us something that pushes the envelope in terms of character and songwriting.
"Make Up Your Mind" is a vibrant song with a killer edginess to it with brunchy guitar sounds and massive organs swelling in the background giving it all so much more depth.
This track is totally relatable and makes perfect sense as to why it's got a slightly aggressive feel to it that really is a huge part of its appeal.
That and those twang guitar hooks that really stick with you for hours after the song has ended.
It's got that southern swing to it but reaches into a rock arena with those guitars and that presence as a whole with soulful vocals that are performed with passion and purpose which gives the song a powerfulness that's tough to beat.
This one is one that leaves a mark for sure. Whoever she's talking about better make up their mind and quickly.
There is that clear frustration throughout the songs course and it's alive and well. Again, this is also part of why it is actually quite relatable as anyone in the situation can understand that frustration coming through.
Actually, they should send this track to that person, so they get the point.
With such a killer song, we wanted to have a sit down with Iris to find out where this song came from exactly.
RAG: Let's start with the "Make Up Your Mind" single. This track has a really cool Gypsie Country Rock feel to it! Where did this track come from?
This track was inspired by a really bad Tinder dating experience. Haha! I kept getting stood up, So I went home one night and wrote out my frustrations with seeing someone where you don't know where they stand. Originally the tempo was super slow and melancholic, but I changed it to a fast and upbeat country sound. I wanted people to dance through their heartbreak!
RAG: Love your whole aesthetic! Who are some of your real influences musically?
I grew up listening to old classic country western music. So, I'm definitely inspired by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Sonny James, etc. There are so many modern artists that continue that sound like Orville Peck and Sierra Ferrell that I admire so much as well.
RAG: When did you first fall in love with making music?
I've been playing piano since I was 3 but fell in love with writing and playing the guitar around the age of 16. I always wrote songs and poems but didn't start taking myself seriously until I was 24 and started writing songs for my first record.
RAG: What do you think is next for you as an artist?
I'm currently working on my third album which is inspired by old western country sounds. I would love to take a small tour around the country and play the songs at local dive bars.
RAG: The song feels like it was a big undertaking. What advice might you have for other artists out there?
The music industry is tough. Every aspect of making music is frustrating at times and a lot of hard work. So, remember to be kind to yourself during the process. You don't need self doubt to push yourself.
RAG: What sort of things inspire you to write?
I was inspired by my life and experiences for my last two records. For this third album, I wanted to completely write fictional storylines and create art that was inspired by otherworldly elements. I wanted to work outside of my comfort zone to create a cinematic experience for the record.
RAG: Do you do any live shows? I know it's not the same as it used to be but are you working out performances?
Thankfully, I've been getting back out in the performing scene again. I've missed it dearly! I'm hoping to book an upcoming album release show and go on a small tour in the summer.
RAG: If you won an award for your music, who would you thank?
I would like to thank my Grandparents for their support of my eccentricity and music. (And for introducing me to a lot of my musical inspirations.
Also my sound engineer Alexander Moran, for not only believing in me, but working with me for the past 3 years making my music come to life. I would also thank my guitarist Vince Sandri for being such an amazing person to work with.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Kacey Musgraves, Sierra Ferrell, Allison Ponthier, and Orville Peck!
RAG: What is someone like you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I do a lot of painting and sewing. I'm a trained seamstress and I'm always taking in or fixing old vintage clothes. I love collected and thrifting vintage 60's clothing and giving them a new life.
RAG: Before we go, would you like to say anything to your fans?
If it weren't for you, I'd be making my music alone in my room for no one to hear. So, thank you for your continued support.