Singer-songwriter Marianna launches a live show where she mixes pop, R&B and elegance by reimagining the hits “La Fama”, by Rosalía and The Weeknd, “Idiota”, by Jão, and the classic “Meu Vício é Você”, by Alcione . The live session also includes her own songs, “Deixa Ir” and “A Culpa é Sua”. The video can be seen on Marianna’s YouTube channel.
Marianna has been showing her musical side in an unprecedented way, after working behind the scenes in entertainment and gaining notoriety with De Mudada, a channel where she helps people to leave home, change countries and other page turns. Now, she celebrates this first year of her artistic career in style. Throughout 2022, the singer released her debut singles, including her aforementioned reinterpretation of “Meu Vício é Você”, which even caught the attention of Alcione herself.
With artistic direction by Bruno Arribene and Vitin Allencar and musical direction by Vivian Kuczynski, the live recording inaugurates another year of news and surprises for Marianna, living up to her aesthetic vision and personality as a performer and composer. As she prepares releases for 2023, her singles can be heard on platforms via the BAILA label, distributed by Ingrooves. Check out the interview!
We know that you recently reinterpreted some of the greatest Brazilian hits in a creative and original way. How was the process of choosing the songs for the recording?
I wanted to bring together music I love with what audiences were already listening to. The challenge of introducing my work to new people is huge, so I thought that doing it through songs that are in their hearts would make sense. It was difficult to choose my favorite from Jão.
You have a YouTube channel where you help people change their lives. How did music come into your life? From what moment did you realize that you wanted to explore this artistic side?
Music has always been in my life. When I was a child, it came through my parents and throughout childhood I discovered that it could be present in every moment of my life. The desire to sing came from that time, it was very clear to me at the age of six that I wanted to be a singer. But that’s life, ahahaha we grow up and discover that it’s a struggle to be what we want to be. So I could only explore the artistic side now, after having a more established parallel career, and the channel also gave me the courage to talk to people, deal with the camera! I’m happy with the path that brought me here!
One of her works caught Alcione’s attention. How was it for you to see one of the greatest samba singers in the country enjoying your reinterpretation of “Meu Vício é Você”?
I swear it took me a few days to understand that it was true! I was shocked. She was extremely generous with me in the audio and doesn’t even know that she messed with many important things in my self-esteem. I felt like I belonged, in the right place, you know? I don’t know… IT’S ALCIONE. To this day, I don’t know how to put into words how I felt with that compliment!
Last year was your debut year in the music business, so far what were the biggest challenges you faced in this market?
The biggest challenge for me has been to separate what is number and what is art that I want to share with people. These two super factors can go together, but I feel enormous anxiety about being known by a larger audience and I feel that if I am not attentive, this could compromise my goal with music, which is to touch people through stories that are very true for me. This marketing mix makes my head hot!! I hope I can balance everything without losing my essence in the process.
Even though you’re new to the music industry, you write your own music. What are your inspirations while writing? Has composition always been something easy for you?
I write about myself most of the time. I take cases, feelings, specific people and put them on paper. Since I learned to write, I write a lot. I kept a diary for 10 years, I wrote everyday about my feelings. I also liked to write short stories, poems, film scripts, everything was always super personal, none of it was ever published. I feel that this exercise helped me a lot, so the compositions come out with a certain fluidity. But like this… I write about 10 things to think that one could be a song hahahaha so it’s about exercising.
In their current songs we see the presence of MPB, R&B and Jazz. In your future work will we also see these genres or are there new things ahead?
I would say that you will see more Brazilian influences in the songs! I want to bring more of my origins from Rio, explore different instruments and incorporate rhythms that were remarkable in my childhood, like POP. It’s so much fun making music and I believe exploring what I love is shaping me as a singer and artist.
You show personality in your songs and style, is there an artist in both music and fashion that inspires you?
In music, I’m very inspired by Solange Knowles’ style. I think it’s minimalist, chic and at the same time hot. Aesthetics and music merge very well. Solange is always in my references. In fashion, my biggest source of inspiration comes from Ru Paul’s Drag Race <3 I learned about drag culture, I started to follow some Brazilian artists as well and I think it’s a niche that explores magic in a way that enchants me a lot. Being who you want to be is too tasty. And they inspire me to go further.
On your channel you give tips for people to give a new direction in life. For those just starting out as musicians, what tips would you give your fans and subscribers?
I would say to believe in the message they want to convey. Music, art, it’s about connecting with other people and we never know which ones are waiting to connect with what we believe in. A more practical tip is: spend your money strategically. Does it make sense to release an entire album right away without having an audience? Does it make sense to invest more in an audiovisual than in the production of a song? Money is always counted and needs to earn, right lol Capricorn tips are like that!
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*With Joyce da Silva Oliveira