Brisbane's MARLOE. unveils a striking new chapter with her single 'Worked Harder'. Written in-studio in the midst of lockdown with MDWS, MARLOE.'s new release solidifies the electro-pop songstress as one to watch, showcasing her self-assured and blissful dream pop songwriting style, juxtaposed with melancholic lyricism.
The new single expresses MARLOE.'s inner monologue, addressing her experiences with people who have overstepped the boundaries she set, she explains:
"I wrote this song at a time when I felt I was being pushed and pulled in too many directions and I allowed people to abuse the boundaries I had set. It's kind of a glimpse of this inner monologue of me realising if someone wanted to be in my life they would be, and I don't need to bend and break myself just to make someone stick around."
"I had planned to work on a different song in the studio that day, but when I woke up and got ready the chorus, melody and lyrics just started pouring out of me and in that moment it was like I had finally let go of this energy that was holding me back and instantly felt lighter."
'Worked Harder' was produced by Evan Klar in Berlin, mixed by Mathew Hadley and mastered by Adam Dempsey.
Question: How would you describe your music?
MARLOE.: Blissful dream pop with splashes of 80's electronica
Question: Can you tell us about Worked Harder?
MARLOE.: Worked Harder is about the moment I no longer allowed people to push my boundaries and realised my own self-worth.
Question: Is there a particular message you hope listeners take from your music?
MARLOE.: I want people to be able to find pieces of themselves throughout the songs and hopefully feel less alone on their journey knowing they will gain strength from all the difficulties life can bring.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
MARLOE.: Ooo that's a really tough one, I'm gonna say performing live.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
MARLOE.: It would definitely be my Nanny. When I lived overseas I would send videos back home of me singing songs from her childhood and she would love it. I know she'd be very proud, but would probably tell me my songs are far too loud haha.
Question: What was your first performance?
MARLOE.: My first performance with MARLOE was as the support act for Austen on her passenger seat tour.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
MARLOE.: My own life experiences. I find writing about situations I have personally gone through helps me to understand them in a way I maybe wouldn't have before.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
MARLOE.: Kate Miller-Heidke, Vera Blue, Eliott
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
MARLOE.: I don't think there was a specific moment or person that inspired me, I have always known from a young age I wanted to be within the entertainment industry one way or another. I would say it probably became more of an active decision when I lived in New York City studying musical theatre, that I started to write songs and really consider it to be possible.
Question: How does it feel to hear your song played all over the airwaves?
MARLOE.: Oh its honestly still so crazy when I walk into a store and hear one of my songs playing, it feels pretty special. I think 12 year old me would be very impressed.
MARLOE.: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Marloe: Honestly I think this year has been the biggest challenge for me. Being an emerging artist in the industry its already quite difficult to get that momentum going, so when that gets completely stopped, you're kind of back at square one building yourself up again.
MARLOE.: What's a typical day like?
Marloe: Wake up at 5am, teach a pilates class or two. Usually the morning is when I do any MARLOE related work / admin as well as writing and rehearsing - depending on what's going on for me that week. Then I try to have at least 30 minutes of time for myself to either read, watch Netflix and just do whatever my body is telling me I need that day. Visit my little niece in the afternoon, teach another pilates class and then come home, cook dinner and relax.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
MARLOE.: Having complete strangers reach out to me about how my songs have helped them through difficult times in their lives. That is hands down the best part and will never stop feeling special to me.
Question: What's next, for you?
MARLOE.: Writing and releasing more music and fingers crossed more shows!
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Interview by Gwen van Montfort