Hiya Mara, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I started doing it as a sort of outlet for my emotions, and once I started releasing music and performing live, I realised that I felt so fulfilled and happy, and I hope to one day be able to do it as a full time job! 

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

So I started making acoustic music a couple of years ago, then I started making electronic demos on free online software. They weren’t the best, but made me realise that I wanted to do pop music. Eventually I started working with producer JB Thomas, and together we developed the sound that you hear today. We worked together on my debut EP STALEMATE which came out last November, and on girl of your dreams. 

What’s the live music scene like in Stoke on Trent right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

It’s a really good scene to be fair, we had a local festival a couple of weeks ago called Lymelight festival which is always so much fun. Ones to watch I would say are Maddy Storm, Sarcoline, Queen Cult. 

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

It is a really tough nut to crack. I know so many artists who are releasing really incredible, chart worthy songs, but just not getting the recognition and opportunities they deserve just because they’re a smaller artist. It feels these days like it’s not about how good your music it, it’s about how many followers you have. 

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m still struggling my way up the ladder. I got a really good slot opening for the Lottery Winners a couple of months ago which was really exciting, biggest stage I’ve ever played on in front of the biggest crowd I’ve ever played to, but I’m still not really established outside of the local scene so it’s been hard to follow that up. 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I don’t think I’ve ever said anything particularly controversial, certainly not in my lyrics. All of my songs are about my life and experiences, so I think it would be hard for someone to find an issue with that! 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Not a conspiracy theory, but I’ve recently started watching The X Files, and while I feel like I’m more similar to the sceptical Agent Scully, I would like to believe that there’s something out there. 

What was your best experience on stage?

I played a gig on my birthday a few months ago, and it was the first time I’ve had people singing and dancing along to my songs. It was really rewarding and definitely gave me the push I needed to keep going with my music. As an artist I think you really feed off the crowd, and if you can see that people are having fun, then it makes it more fun for you! 

What was your worst experience on stage?

I used to dance when I was growing up, and one time I was singing onstage during a dance show and the fire alarm went off. No one knew what to do so I just kept singing and everyone kept watching until eventually someone came out and was like “what are you doing? You need to evacuate”. I had to start the song from the beginning when we came back in, but got the loudest applause I’ve ever had for it! 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I’ve never been abroad before! My whole life so far has been spent in the UK, so if anyone wants to book me for some gigs or festivals overseas, I’m ready!! 

What are the next steps you plan to take as an artist to reach the next level? 

Hopefully more big support gigs, because it really helped to boost my confidence playing to a new, bigger crowd. I’ve got plenty more music on the way, too. 

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

It’s called girl of your dreams, and it’s all about how weird it is to have someone you barely know crushing on you. I sort of started wondering whether they’d made up this whole version of me in their heads based on what the way I present myself online. A lot of my songs are about internet culture, and I feel like that’s reflected in the electronic, hyper-poppy sound. 

What was the recording process like?

I work on all of my songs with producer JB Thomas, in his home studio. We make most of our songs in the space of a few hours, then refine them during the mixing process. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?

This song has a sort of talky bit in the second part of the chorus. JB was really pushing me to get the vocals perfect for this song, so we did so many more takes than usual, especially for that part, because we didn’t want it to sound flat and monotonous. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I feel like I never want to change anything once they’re finished, obviously our songs are quite DIY and I think any imperfections on this track are just a reflection of that, but I really just try to release music that I would listen to myself, and I have been bopping to this tune more than I would care to admit. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Stream girl of your dreams, register to vote, and spread love. 

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