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Cat Marina – Ex Friends + Bad Endings

 

ARTIST NAME: Cat Marina

 

SONG TITLE: Ex Friends + Bad Endings

 

RELEASE DATE: 8th May 2020

 

GENRE: Alt-Pop

 

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After featuring on BLOWSOM’s latest EP with the single ‘Lost In The City’, producer, writer, and multi-instrumentalist Cat Marina steps out into the foreground with debut solo single Ex Friends + Bad Endings. Since spending his time fronting a number of indie/pop bands, as well as composing music that has amassed over a million streams; alongside being featured on national media outlets including BBC Radio 1, Amazon Prime and video game Pro Evolution Soccer – Cat Marina has been perfecting his brand of quirky indie pop, a mix of left-field electronic beats and insightful self-reflecting lyrics; embedded by his prolific ability to craft hook-filled pop songs.

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Tell us the genre of your music. 

Indie bedroom pop.

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Tell us the story behind your song. 

This one’s about leaving difficult relationships behind. Sometimes it’s easy to rely on people that aren’t overly healthy for you, and it can be the toughest moments of change that create the most lasting happiness in your life. Get that on a t-shirt.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician. 

Somebody wiser than me would probably tell you that every problem is a song. It’d be nice to get paid though.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song. 

I self-produce all my stuff – so it’s just kind of a battle between getting motivated to finish songs off and feeling uncomfortable when listening to them and they’re not finished.

 

This one took me about four days to get the demo done, I remember I watched a YouTube video on Lauv writing a tune. I’m probably paraphrasing, but he said something along the lines of “So I thought of this guitar part… and I recorded it” and I just thought, “What? It’s supposed to be that easy?”. But hey, I tried something similar, and then it ended up being a pretty easy song to write in the end. Thanks, Lauv.

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List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far. 

I’ve been lucky enough to get support from BBC Introducing (South, Solent), Turtle Tempo (Huge fan of them!), It’s All Indie, FVMusicBlog – I’m sure I’ve missed a few, but I’m writing this before the release of the single so I’m hoping there’ll be a couple more that find it along the way. I also found out a song I wrote was played on Eastenders the other day, does that count?

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Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.

I’ve always played in indie/pop bands, including a group called BOA and Suzi Island.

 

In the past, I’ve been lucky enough to get the music I’ve written on Jack Ryan’s Tom Clancy (Amazon Prime), Pro Evolution Soccer, BBC coverage… it’s been loads of fun. Along the way, I’ve also been fortunate enough to watch some incredible producers work, and that’s really helped me out producing my own stuff.

 

As far as my future goals – world domination has always been the end goal, but paying rent is the first step. On a serious note, I’d love to be able to self-produce outside of my bedroom. When it comes to drum sounds etc. I’m a bit limited to samples due to my space – I mean samples are great, but I’d love to get into a space where I could work with some musicians better than me and record an album.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose, and sing/rap.

I’m always a little self-deprecating when I write music. I sent a song to a girl on Tinder a little while back, and she literally asked: “What happened to you?” I think for me though the motivation for the better songs always comes through a kind of self-realization, where you just write whatever your subconscious wants to, and then realize what it’s about afterward. It doesn’t always happen like that, but the songs I like most tend to. It just so happens that my subconscious isn’t so full of itself.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Let me know if you ever find out. I’d kill for this info.

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

As I’m an upcoming myself, it’s impossible for me to give advice. I’d love to, but I think I’d just come across as somebody that knows what they’re talking about.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing, and record in the studio. 

Every time is so different; it’s impossible to say if I’m honest. I think the way to keep creative is to try different things – I tend to write all my lyrics just on my notes on my phone, and just recorded really rough ideas until it starts to make sense. I’ve recorded myself writing a song recently, from start to finish. I quite like the song too. Hopefully, that’ll be out soon.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration. 

I did a track with French producer/writer BLOWSOM for his last EP ‘Colours.’ He’s a phenomenal producer, so that was a great experience. I got to stay at his place in Paris, too. He’s got a pretty cool place.

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Share your press releases and reviews with us. 

With a production style honed by shadowing seasoned pros such as Pete Robertson (The Vaccines) and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, Jamie Lawson) Cat Marina gave up the live band recording studio for a more intimate setting: his bedroom. Influenced by artist/producers such as James Blake, Athlete and Mr. Hudson, his writing became more personal and biographical than ever before – epitomized by the song Ex Friends + Bad Endings which discusses the difficulty of leaving toxic relationships with friends and loved ones in the past, no matter how challenging change can be.

 

“I just realized I landed in a place where I was relying on other people for my own sanity, and that’s fine as long as the pack of cards you’ve built into a stable little flat-pack bungalow doesn’t cave in on itself. But when it does, you realize you’re left with no idea who you are, or where you’re supposed to go. It dawned on me that I needed to figure out exactly what type of snare drum I like, and whether I’m the type of person that keeps eggs in the fridge or in the cupboard. I guess that’s why this song feels so important to me, as it’s me starting the process of figuring that out.”

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Well, after a quick Google it seems that the exchange rate would leave me with £799,872. I’d buy a dirigible.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base. 

I love Instagram. Mainly I just post ridiculous stuff on there; it’s fun.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

Cat Marina. I thought it sounded like a cool place to go.