Name: Marla Mase
Country: USA (New York City)
Who were your musical influences whilst growing up?
I loved Pete Townsend’s writing (lyrics)--so a Who Fan but more of a Pete fan; as a kid I was into pop and as a tween/teen until I was 16 I was a DISCO GIRL (a la Saturday Night Fever-that stuff you see in the movies is REAL—I loved Taste of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie; Galaxy by War; Risky Changes was my song—don’t even know who wrote it...) I always liked Funk (Play That Funky Music—Wild Cherry; Parliament; KC/Sunshine Band, James Brown) but for writing yes The Who, of course THE BEATLES (I sat with that Love Song Compilation many a day); less Stones (although now I LOVE the Stones); Queen (I remember the first time my brother brought their album home with Bohemian Rhapsody, instant love); Talking Heads (esp Once in a Lifetime), B-52’s; very young I liked Elton John --- and I like certain musicals as well (WEST SIDE STORY was very important in my young life; OLIVER (I sang Where is Love in a talent show when I was 5 or 6; and yes THE SOUND OF MUSIC — inside I’m a cornball to the core. Highly Romantic.)
Who did you inspire to be like?
Hmmmm, that’s tough. I don’t have mentors or people I want to be like — the only thing I did say for many many years until I started doing music (only 4 yrs ago) -- “what I really should be is a rocker, but I’m not a musician and I don’t sing so next life. But really I’m the female Jim Morrison.” As a general rule I like artists (musicians/writers/sculptors) who pour their hearts/soul out in their work. Where I can viscerally feel IT – then I know it is coming from a REAL PLACE -- so for example I’m not a huge Springsteen fan but I like him (will always love BORN TO RUN), he’s real, Eminem, Franz Kafka, Rodin, I remember going to the Rodin Museum in Paris and literally falling in love — his work is coming from such a deep place of truth, I felt like I knew everything about the man and I didn’t want to leave – Virginia Woolf, another one, every word filled with grace and beauty -- it fills my body and assuages my unrest. (even though what she writes about is far from calm, it doesn’t matter, the rhythm of her words are.) There are many other artists I respect so different from me and I know I could never DO what they do but the ones I mentioned I feel we share something – that we come from a similar place.
What was the first record you ever bought.. do you remember?
When did you make your first appearance on stage?
How would you describe your style of music to someone who had never heard of Marla Mase
Psychotic (hah — that’s what one of my friends called it when she first heard A Brief Night Out—because of all the genres.) But seriously, I’d say it’s rock-n-roll with a mix of everything else, funk, world, pop, punk, spoken word —because in reality rock-n-roll is only a piece of what I do -but yet I’m seen as a ROCKER, that’s my essence and I agree with that. I’d say my music is VERY MASE.
If you could do a duet with a famous singer, who would it be and why?
If you could write your own headlines in a magazine in under 20 Words, what would you want it say about you!
Honestly, it’s already been written in some of the press I’ve received—I’ve been called a Rock Goddess, an ICON, A Lyrical Messenger for the Masses, Fearless, Enigmatic, The Next Big Thing --- ok but what I would I want it to say?
"Marla Mase’s song AnnaRexia Raises 20 Million in Scholarship Money so kids with Eating Disorder’s can afford TREATMENT"