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Marina and the Diamonds
Transcript of Marina and the Diamonds
“basically Electra Heart is a story…a really cinematic 70s Americana-type film”
-Tells the story of the American dream with elements of Greek tragedy
-Each persona has different songs on the album and tells a different story of the American Dream
-She was inspired by the viral generation of instant fame
“I started to take photos, and make an effort to look completely
different in each one, in different hotels and apartments all
across American when I was traveling…it grew into a real project"
Cites her influences as Madonna and Marie Antoinette
Called them “fearless”
Also influenced by the sound of Britney Spears
The Family Jewels
In 2010, Marina released her first studio album, entitled The Family Jewels.
“a body of work largely inspired by the seduction of commercialism, modern social values, family and female sexuality”
The album explored the ideas of feminism, love, and family troubles
Shows how ridiculous the glorification of Hollywood is
“Oh my god you look just like Shakira/No no, you’re Catherine Zeta/Actually, my name’s Marina”
Women are seen as identical objects to Americans who buy into the idea of Hollywood, strips them of their identity
Tells a story about a girl who wishes to be a regular teenage girl instead of the self-loathing narcissist that she is in reality
Portrays the idea that the only way to live as a “good” teenage girl is to be completely atypical and boring, following all the rules
The use of "Idle" instead of "Idol" shows that she wished she lived her teenage years as someone to look up to instead of what she did
"TV taught me how to feel/ now real life has no appeal."
"If you are not very careful/ your possessions will posses you."
The song is about striving for what you want, no matter what stands in your way, what you have to give up, or what anyone else thinks
“…the personal and slyly tongue-in-cheek album obsessively explores themes of sex, love, fame, betrayal and the complexities of what it means to be a woman at this particular moment in history.”- Huffington Post
“It's a confusing album to talk about. It's multi-faceted and multi-layered -- just like a person is. You have a lot of different thoughts going on at one time and that's what was going on when I was making it. But I think the idea of perception is really, really instrumental in a lot of the things I'm talking about in the songs but also just the whole image.”- Marina
Welsh singer/songwriter and musician
Marina Diamandis, more commonly known in the media by her pseudonym Marina and the Diamonds, is a European artist known for her controversial songs that center around feminism, societal issues, and the American Dream. Raised in Wales by a Greek father and Welsh mother, she attended an all-girls private school and centered her young life around music and theater. She moved to Greece when she was 16, then moved back to Wales 2 years later.
When she was 18, she dropped out of university, moved to London, and attended a dance school, and then a singing school for two years. Trying to break into the music business, she auditioned for a boy band dressed as a boy, and she received a call back. She started by making demos on Garage Band, and was later discovered by a music scout.
["Oh No!"] was written in response to be terrified of not achieving what I say I want to achieve every time I open my big mouth... I was paralysed by fear before my trip to the states and couldn't stop thinking about being a failure and was convinced that I'd become a self-fulfilling prophecy if my brain didn't shut up and stop being so negative. So I put it in a song. It made me feel confident again after a shaky 6 months. Life is just a barrel of laughs at end of day, anyway!
For years, Marina's music has inspired girls to be independent, self-confident feminists.
"Her music has inspired me to take control of myself as a woman and aspire to be a better person...to accept change [because] it is good!"
"For me, she really influenced me to be myself and not let anyone get to me. I think she taught me that it's okay to be a little weird."
"Her music showed me that you can make pop music that’s subversively feminist...she helped me stand up for myself, she gave me more self confidence. "