Without you diamonds, everything can become nothing . And with you, nothing has become everything.
I speak with honesty, not false flattery, when I say that my fans are some of the most intellectual people. I read your letters and talk to you and I feel so full of life at the fact that I can meet people who I actually have things in common with. Through writing music. I never tailor-wrote songs for the 'masses' and I never will. You must ask yourself, do you want to be 'popular' for the sake of being popular but to essentially cause no change.. "What is it to be popular" if it does not create a positive influence? Meeting you all recently has empowered me and reinforced my thinking. I'd prefer to have 10,000 intelligent, questioning, fans full of life than 10 million unthinking, colourless ones.
Much of pop music has no meaning because that is what media outlets think will embed and sell more quickly. It is insulting to us as a public to assume that our 'simple brains' cannot "HACK" music which isn't about budweiser and clubs. That is why the true artists, the visionaries who have creative control over everything, who live and breathe and die for it, quite literally, have died- or perhaps are never heard? Or are not born anymore because popular culture is made up of such empty, dishonest substance?
I will be here for a long time and the game will be a long one. If I contribute anything at all to music, it will be to bring back true meaning to pop. Not everything has to be auto-tuned garbage about being in "Up in Da Club" to qualify as listenable and get on the radio. Yes- we need light music to be carefree and dance to; But eventually, one becomes what one is fed. And you can't eat Cheetos forever. Truth
I want to be a part of peoples lives and I want the same people to be a part of mine. If you cannot make an impact, then what is the point in anything that you do at all?
I created the name "Marina and the Diamonds" 5 years ago and I never envisaged a character, pop project, band or solo artist. I saw a simple group made up of many people who had the same hearts. A space for people with similar ideals who could not fit in to life's pre-made mold. I was terribly awkward for a long time! I really craved to be part of one thing because I never felt too connected to anybody and now I feel I have that all around me.
I have talked about pop and illusion and stardom before and though it may be far easier to be driven by such rewards, I cannot be. And that is sometimes very confusing for me. At least I am being honest.
I'm afraid i will not give people the 'glamorous' image. I am not exactly a rep for stardom or perfection and I do not want to be. I want to contribute to helping people confront what they are when masks are stripped away. Not only physical masks but psychological ones; the ones imprinted on us by media and so on. What is 'the perfect' life, how to 'be happy', what should 'make you happy', what is good, what is bad, what is twisted, what is normal, what is 'beautiful' and what is ugly.
I suppose it is time to get fat, start wearing no make up and bin bags again (jOKING- Kinda). I feel like I have regressed in to typical popville with all the TVs and things I have to get made up for. It's not good to wear a lot of make-up. Where did natural beauty go. Confidence and self acceptance are achieved when you are on your own, without your crutches and your guise. One of life's common battles of man is self-acceptance and aforementioned 'masks' seem to contradict and slow that process down a little.. Now the diamonds exist.. they aren't imaginary anymore. And I am a very fortunate person. It scares me sometimes to think of what I would have become if I hadn't made it, as this.
I am planning an American tour and a also new European one for later in the year (Greece, I'm coming to you if it's the last thing I do!!). And... the video for "Oh No!"... is coming soon...
No matter how big and powerful an ego one may have, be it a politician, artist, pop star or activist.. it is the truth that you cannot change the world. It is too big and people do not care enough to make a change, en masse. But you can change your own world.
Posted: Sun 20 Jun 2010 |