MARINA is an award winning, platinum-selling artist. Revered since her breakthrough in 2009, she has released three UK Top 10 albums including Gold certified ‘The Family Jewels’ (2010) and ‘Electra Heart’ (2012) which debuted at Number 1 on the UK’s Official Charts. Marina’s last album, ‘FROOT’ (2015) was a Top 10 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 and reached Number 4 on the Top Albums Chart. Released to widespread critical acclaim, the album reached #1 on the iTunes ‘Top Albums’ chart in the U.S., Argentina, Greece, Ireland and the UK and hit Number 2 in Canada, Australia, Brazil and multiple other countries.
MARINA has accompanied each album release with global sell-out headline tours, with shows at prestigious venues and world-renowned festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Governors Ball and more.
Amassing a staggering 800 million worldwide streams and over 400 million video views, MARINA is a socially engaged spokeswoman. Having given an address at the Oxford Union, MARINA plans to engage in further talks and workshops throughout 2019. MARINA has an unparalleled global fan base and an online following in excess of 6 million.
MARINA ON LOVE + FEAR
LOVE + FEAR are two 8 song collections that are part of an album set – my fourth full length release of music.
LOVE is filled with a longing to enjoy life (Handmade Heaven) and a desire for unity (To Be Human). FEAR explores subjects that have been a lot harder for me to work through and understand, such as purpose (Life is Strange), insecurity in love (Believe in Love and Soft to be Strong), and major shifts in our social conscience regarding the systematic misogyny and sexual abuse employed by powerful figures in the media (Karma). A companion to LOVE, these ideas cross to showcase and explore the polarising sides of human nature.
The psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross believed that “There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear”. I can trace a lot of my behaviour back to these two emotions, particularly in relationships. When thinking about an album title to encapsulate the record, I played the 16 tracks and listened closely for sonic or lyrical themes that appeared to crop up again and again. I quickly sensed a very clear, concise divide of songs that came from a feeling of love and songs that stemmed from a feeling of fear. I also used this process to name my last album ‘FROOT’. It’s a simple way of decipher the main messages running through an album, as I often only recognise an album’s main message once it’s completed and I’m able to look at it from afar.
My song writing has always been inspired and shaped by traditional storytelling and social shifts in our culture. As a society we have experienced such major social change in the past three years - politically, digitally and psychologically. ‘LOVE + FEAR’ reflects this.
MARINA ON HER NAME CHANGE
Changing my artist name to the single ‘MARINA’ is something that feels natural to me and helps me to feel more able to present myself authentically, as a multi-faceted individual as opposed to an artistic persona. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past when so much of what defines an artist is tied up in their visual and musical identity. Sometimes the more nuanced aspects, or non-music related parts of a person, get lost within that. I was signed to Warner Records at 22 years old and much of my self-definition has been explored through my work. Marina and the Diamonds was my artist name for 10 years but as I’ve developed in my work it’s become important for me to present myself in a way that feels natural and human. Going under my first name is my way of achieving that.