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Marianne Leigh - Marianne Leigh Newsletter Interview

29 Jul 2021 // An interview by Shade

Marianne Leigh is an acoustic indie-pop artist writing catchy tunes about genuine human emotions and experiences. She speaks to the soul with her meaningful lyrics and connects to listeners through her narrative songwriting style. Marianne recently spoke to Muzic.net.nz about dealing with nerves, what inspires here and more:

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

I used to be terrified performing. I remember walking on stage when I was 12 years old, about to do a little show at my school, when I freaked out, put the mic down and walked off stage. That night was significant to me. I knew I couldn't keep being afraid; how could I be a musician if I couldn't sing my songs?

There isn't a cure for it, except to keep doing it. After that show I began playing at open mic nights all around the city to get rid of those fears. Now I feel more excited about shows!

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

Honestly, I'm not too sure how I find the time to balance music with the rest of my life! I just prioritise it - if I'm not doing homework or working, there's nothing else I'd rather do. There's always something I find myself to do for my music career, I don't feel fulfilled without checking off those 'to-do' lists!

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

I get inspired to create music by the world around me. Most of the time I've been on the bus home from school, watching the world go by and listening to my favourite songs when I get inspired. When I'm alone with my thoughts and able to breathe and think, creativity flows.

What has been your most memorable show to date?

I have a feeling my first single release show is going to be my most memorable show!

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?

I love when people speculate who I write my songs about! It's so cool that people take time out of their day to analyse my songs - so I encourage it. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

My advice to aspiring musicians is to be obsessed with music and to truly love your craft. The journey to your dream career is a difficult one, and there are many times when you wonder how you can keep going. If you create art that is authentic to you and that you love, even if no one heard it, your passions will guide you to where you're meant to be. I firmly believe that with a hard work ethic and a genuine passion, you can achieve anything.

Marianne Leigh on Muzic.net.nz

Catch Marianne at Dead Witch in Auckland on 6 August - more info here


About Marianne Leigh

Marianne Leigh is an acoustic indie-pop artist writing catchy tunes about genuine human emotions and experiences. She speaks to the soul with her meaningful lyrics and connects to listeners through her narrative songwriting style. Leigh's songs discuss the struggles of a naive youth, the ups and downs of love, and learning life lessons.

She is a versatile artist, her authenticity heard in both her emotional ballads and upbeat singles. The 18-year-old placed first in the nationwide Smokefree Rockquest competition with her single Best of Me in 2019, and brought her talent to TV on the What Now and Cath Vincent TV Shows.

She is a three-time finalist of the Play It Strange songwriting competitions and was mentored by award-winning NZ musician Bic Runga. “Authenticity beams through Marianne Leigh’s connection, vast musical space and raw artistry." - NZ Musician Magazine.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Marianne Leigh


Simple Things
Year: 2021
Type: Album

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