INTERVIEW: Drea Marilyn

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

Hello Vents! I’ve been busy but I’m doing alright. Thanks for asking!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Everything To Me”?

Absolutely! Everything to Me was originally written by the  New Zealand based duo Lips.

I heard this back in 2014 by a friend.

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

Man, I wish I wrote this. It’s a beautiful song. This is a cover I put a lot of time into. I found the lyrics to be deeply personal to everything I’ve been going through and I wanted to put my own twist on it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

THERE ARE! I’m so excited for it. One of my best friends and artistic creative director, Ari Holmes,
and I spent the last couple months, writing the script, finding locations, and designing costumes. It’s filmed by the talented Dylan Randolph. It should be out sometime in January.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process is different for me each time. Sometimes it’ll take me weeks to finish a tune, every so often I can write one in a 10 minute sitting. The recording process makes more sense to me the more often we do it. I recorded with the talented John True who I met at a music school we were both teaching at in San Diego. It was a very collaborative project and I trust him with his insight. I’m glad we got to work together.

What role does Seattle play in your music?

Seattle plays a major role. The music scene is so vibrant and alive here. Like in any major music city, it’s saturated and can be competitive, but if you bring something different and unique to the table, you’ll be okay. I was doing the solo thing for a while asking friends to fill in here and there. Seattle is where I met my amazing bandmates, Toni McGowan and Arthur Sagami, and since we’ve been gigging and writing stuff together.

How has Fiona Apple and Norah Jones influenced your writing?

I’ve always loved how poetic their lyrics are. I really like how dark and heavy their words are and I love what they do harmonically with their songs. I’m a (allegedly) trained classical pianist, so any traces of blues or jazz or soul is both so foreign to me and exciting. There’s a warmth in their voice that I can identify with.

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

There’s so much new material to be released in 2020. I’m still sitting on 2 other songs I’ve recorded with John True that I’m planning on releasing soon. In addition, Drea & the Marilyns, my full band, has recorded 2 new singles with Phil Petereson of House of Breaking Glass. We have a handful more songs we’d love to record, it’s just a matter of making sure we have the funds for it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing I can really announce yet, but once I can, I’ll let you know!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ve been itching to so badly. Again, nothing I can really announce soon, but I’m sure I’ll be along the West Coast at the very least sometimes in 2020.

What else is happening next in Drea Marilyn’s world?

Mostly making the transition from a solo artist to a band, which I am beyond happy about. I’m trying to take better care of myself. Thanks so much VENTS for this interview.


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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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