INTERVIEW: Electronic/Dark Pop Duo MARNEY

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

We have been hanging in there as well as musicians can during a pandemic! Can’t complain too much, though otherwise! Definitely been keeping busy and listening to a lot of music. 

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

We thought that this song was really appropriate for the times we are in right now. The song really speaks about wishing we could go back to simpler times before life grew to be so complicated. We really feel that this is something that a lot of people can relate to, especially right now. Though it is nostalgic, the song carries a lot of hope that we don’t always have to be jaded adults and that we can all find that childlike spark if we try.

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

Well, we are definitely 90s kids and we feel that if you were born in the 90s, you know how nostalgic and almost strange it is looking back at those times. We really watched the world change in so many ways throughout our childhood that is now really affecting us in adulthood. So, Fireflies is written about that feeling we get when looking back.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We have a lyric video coming soon! Stay tuned!

How was the recording and writing process?

We really wanted to ensure that the soundscape of the song captured this sense of wonder and nostalgia. The recording process is always really fun for us and we have a great producer, Nick Zagorin at Suburban Soul Studios, who really knows how to capture a vibe. The writing process was interesting with this song because we had an idea of what we wanted and really built a lot of the lyrics off of the way the song started to sound as we worked on it. 

How did the current pandemic situation influence the writing on this song?

We actually wrote this song a bit before the pandemic, but we were shocked by how perfect this song was for the current state of everything. 

What role does LA play in your music?

If we are being honest, we try not to get too wrapped up in the whole “LA scene”. We really love living here and love all of the inspiration and culture that exists here. But we find that getting really wrapped up in the scene can sometimes stifle your progress as an artist, as you can really start to compare yourself to all of the other artists out here. 

I would say that the best part about LA is its rich history with music. 

What is it about the 80s music scene that you find so fascinating?

We absolutely love the 80s. 99% of our favorite bands are from the 80s and 90s. (Bands like Iron Maiden, Dio, Megadeth, Metallica…etc) We love the fact that the 80s were really pre-media and to be discovered you really had to work hard and have fans that genuinely like you. Obviously social media has its perks, but it’s so different now with how artists are discovered and loved. It was a time when people cared about physical copies of music and people had to actually go see an artist live instead of seeing it on YouTube. Success wasn’t measured by your followers on Instagram. Also, the culture and the fashion and of course the music are all just so foreign to what we see today. 

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

We do have other songs written! We are really happy with them so stay tuned!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not yet.

What else is happening next in MARNEY’s world?

Dreaming of playing live shows soon! We hope that will come next. 


About RJ Frometa

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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