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MARENE – Interview


MARENE Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views

PD:  How would you describe yourself as a band and as artists?

MARENE: MARENE is not just a Rock band, we’re an all-encompassing experience that ignites the senses and leaves our fans breathless. As triple threats, we combine soaring vocals, high-energy dancing, and a captivating stage presence that keeps the crowd engaged from start to finish. Our sing-along choruses, over-the-top theatrics, and catchy hooks create a show that is simply unforgettable. We strive to be the band we always wanted to see live, and we deliver on that promise with a performance that exceeds expectations every time. In fact, we live up to our name, as the extra “E” in MARENE stands for “Entertainment.” From explosive guitar riffs to heart-wrenching ballads, we are a band that delivers on every level. At one of our recent shows, we saw the entire crowd erupt into spontaneous singing where even after we left the stage they kept singing the melody of our song ‘Time Machine” as loud as they could after our finale – it was an electrifying moment that we’ll never forget.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

MARENE: MARENE was born out of a desire to be something different. Growing up in South Africa, I was inspired by the local music scene, but I felt like something was missing. I was looking for a band that didn’t just play music, but also put on a show. That’s when I realised that if I wanted something more, I had to create it myself. When I met the other members of MARENE, we all shared the same vision: to create a show that was worthy of playing at the biggest stadiums in the world, no matter the size of the stage or the audience. We wanted to bring a level of energy and excitement to every performance that would make people feel like they were part of something truly special. That’s why we’re so passionate about what we do. We believe that when we fulfil something in ourselves, we also fulfill something in our audience. It’s an incredible feeling to know that we’re connecting with people through our music and our showmanship, and we’re honoured to have the opportunity to do what we love every day.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

MARENE: As MARENE, we draw inspiration from a wide range of sources. As a band, we encourage each member to bring their unique influences to the table, which allows us to blend multiple genres and create a sound that is entirely our own. Tyler’s musical influences are especially significant, and they range from legendary rock bands like KISS, Motley Crue, and Van Halen to more modern artists like Poppy, Ghost, and Mick Gordon. Each member of our band writes songs that reflect their own experiences and perspectives. Tyler’s songs are anthemic and designed to keep the party going, while Maronay’s songs are more introspective and artfully crafted, drawing on themes of loss, passion, and anger. Ozzey’s songs are darker and explore themes that are sometimes edgier, but he also has a playful side that shines through in tracks like “Bad Lovin’.” Overall, we’re inspired by artists who push boundaries and aren’t afraid to take risks, and we strive to do the same with our music.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

MARENE: Our aspirations as artists are rooted in our desire to create an unforgettable live show that engages and excites our audience. In South Africa, the music industry can feel stagnant and lacklustre, and we knew that we wanted to bring something different to the table. We believe that interacting with our fans and making them feel like they are part of the show is crucial, and we aim to provide a high-energy, wow-factor experience that leaves them feeling like they got their money’s worth.

At the same time, we want to continue pushing ourselves to reach new heights and introduce more people to our music and live show. Our ultimate goal is to become as big as our biggest influences and leave a lasting legacy as a band that changed the music landscape for the better. We want to inspire the next generation of musicians and performers to pick up an instrument and believe in themselves, just as our influences like KISS did for us. We believe that music has the power to bring people together and make them feel larger than life. As artists, we want to harness that power and create a legacy that inspires people for years to come.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

MARENE: Our proudest moment was definitely the time we played a show on Halloween called “Creep It Real” a couple of years ago. We managed to sell out the venue while being the only act that night, which is no small feat. The crowd was wild and everyone was dressed up in the spookiest outfits you can imagine. Now, here’s the thing – we were following up a DJ called “The Robfather” who had just pumped up the crowd with all the classic party anthems. And let me tell you, it’s not easy to come out after that and get people pumped up for your original music. But we weren’t going to let that stop us!

We have a motto in MARENE that goes like this: “If you’re not judging us in the first song, curious in the second song, dancing by the third song, and wanting more by the last song, then we haven’t done our job.” We even partnered up with a killer rum brand called “Dead Man’s Fingers” to make sure everyone was in the party mood. And the result was pure magic – the crowd had an absolute blast and we felt like we really connected with them on a whole new level. It was a night we’ll never forget and a true highlight of our music career so far!

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

MARENE: Promoting our music can be challenging in today’s music industry, especially with so many new artists emerging from their home studios. However, we’ve found that social media platforms like TikTok have been great for introducing our music to new fans. By interacting with people on a more personal level, we can create a connection and a sense of relatability that’s hard to achieve through traditional promotion methods.

Of course, the music industry is always changing, and trends like shorter songs and TikTok jingles come and go like the tide. But ultimately, we believe that good music will always find a way to resonate with people, regardless of the platform or format. One of the biggest challenges for new artists today is getting exposure and support from established acts and industry gatekeepers. In the past, older artists would often take newer artists under their wing and bring them on tour, but now it seems like many legacy bands prefer to stick with their old guard friends. Festival and event planners also tend to book safe shows rather than taking risks on new talent.

To change this, we need a new shift in the industry that focuses on supporting and promoting newer artists. We believe that established acts have a responsibility to help jumpstart the careers of up-and-coming artists, just like Ozzy Osbourne did for Motley Crue back in the day. With a more collaborative and inclusive approach, we can create a more vibrant and diverse music scene for everyone.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

MARENE: You can contact us on any of our social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram @marene_live, you can also send an email to mareneband@gmail.com

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

MARENE: We fully support streaming, because at the moment it is the most accessible way to get music that is not illegal or overly expensive. I think the old industry where people bought LPs is dead, CDs are dead, but I think this is why MARENE is so special. We are different from other artists because we create music with the intention of playing live shows, while other artists tend to play shows to release music. Our music is meant to be experienced live, and we want to create an atmosphere that people can’t get from just listening to our recordings. That’s why we make sure that every song we write can be performed live in a way that captures the energy and excitement of our shows. Streaming helps us reach more people who might not have heard of us otherwise, and we hope that it encourages them to come out to our shows and experience our music in person..

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MARENE: This is a tough question because there are so many amazing songs out there, but if I had to choose one, it would be “Watcher in the Sky” by Ghost. The guitar riffs, the vocal melody, and the overall pacing and drive of the song are simply amazing. Every time I hear the kick drum and riff, I want to raise my fist in the air. The chorus is repetitive, but it’s the perfect earworm that stays with you long after the song ends.

But I have to say, there are so many other songs that I love and wish I had written, like “Rock n Roll All Nite” by KISS and “The Sentinel” by Judas Priest. These songs are perfect and to the point, and they capture the essence of the bands that perform them so well. The lyrics and atmosphere of these songs let you understand the band playing them, and that’s something I aspire to achieve with our music.

Although I admire these songs, I also believe that our own music has the potential to be just as great. Our new album features songs like “Night Crawler” and “Turn it Up and Rise,” which offer a glimpse into our approach to writing and performing. While we may not have written those iconic songs, we’re always looking for ways to push ourselves and create music that captures the spirit of rock and roll.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

MARENE: One thing that I find concerning in the music industry is the pressure for older artists to keep going instead of passing the torch to younger generations. The industry can often feel like a race where everyone is trying to make it to the finish line, but the problem is that some artists keep pushing even when it’s time to take a break. I believe that this can lead to the industry becoming stagnant and resistant to change. Instead, I think it’s important for older artists to step back and allow new voices to emerge. This not only gives fresh talent a chance to shine, but it also allows for more diverse perspectives and sounds to be heard. Of course, this doesn’t mean that older artists can’t continue to create and share their music, but it’s important to recognise that there’s value in passing the torch and allowing the industry to evolve. This way, we can ensure that the music industry remains dynamic and exciting for years to come.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

MARENE: We’re currently working on our first full-length album, which we see as a way to put a peg in the ground and take a stance as MARENE. Our EPs were a great staging ground and practice, but now it’s time to execute the battle plan with a cohesive album that showcases our sound and style. We’ve got nine killer songs, all with great hooks, that we’re excited to release sooner than later this year. We’re doing it the old-fashioned way by getting everyone in a studio room together for three weeks of recording. It may not be the modern way of recording with programmed drums and separate pieces, but we believe that going old school is the key to finding our true sound. Technology is a seductive bitch that can make things too easy with a “that’ll do” mentality, but we’re committed to doing things right and creating something truly special for our fans.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

MARENE: We also have a strong social media presence, where you can follow us for updates on new releases, upcoming shows, and exclusive content. Don’t forget to follow us on all our platforms to stay up-to-date with everything MARENE!

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MARENEBAND

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/marene_live

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@MARENE-band

TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@marene_band

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Band/Artist location – Cape Town, South Africa
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