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INTERVIEW: Life As Mary

Hi Mary, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Things have been great. There seems to be some really good energy around my music right now which feels exciting.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Deconstructed”?

Yeah, it was released on October 4th, and the response has been terrific. I really appreciate everyone who is listening. This is a song that I wrote a few weeks before going into the studio, and it came together quickly with the help of my co-producer Matt Morgan at Sit-N-Spin Studios in Greenville, SC. It was originally called “Deconstructing,” but Matt kept referring to it as “Deconstructed.” I decided I like that better, so it stuck.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Deconstructed” is about those people in your life that hurt you, and you want them to feel the same pain you feel even if it’s only for a moment. You also just don’t want those people around in your life anymore.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

It’s definitely a possibility.

How was the recording and writing process?

I sat down at the piano, and it came out all at once. In the studio, I told Matt that I wanted the song to be guitar-centered with the tempo increased. I had to rewrite some of the lyrics once we took the tempo up. I did play the keys, but they are not as prominent as the guitar.

How have Liz Phair and The Pretenders influenced your writing?

I look up to female songwriters that are strong women, and that inner strength comes out in their songwriting. I aspire to be like them.

What role does Atlanta play in your music?

Atlanta is my home, and I love the diversity the music scene here has to offer. Even with all the different genres, musicians in Atlanta are very supportive of one another – at least that’s been my experience.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

There is one more song from the new EP that will be released in November, and I recently booked some studio dates to record new music for 2020.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The title for the new song is the first line- “What Are You Getting Me for Christmas?”

Any plans to hit the road?

My bandmate, Kevin Heuer (drummer), and I have been discussing shows for 2020. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

What else is happening next in Life As Mary’s world?

This week, I shot my very first music video which I’m super excited about. I worked with the talented, Madeleine Pearson (Atlanta), who wrote the script based on my vision for the storyline. The actors who play the leads couldn’t be more perfect for the parts, and a bunch of my friends from high school will appear in the video, too. I’ll be posting updates about the video on Instagram @lifeasmarymusic. 

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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