Get to Know Me: Drea Marilyn (WHM Interview Series)


Singer-songwriter Drea Marilyn is winning over fans with her dreamy effervescent sound.

Fresh off the release of her new single "Calgary" featuring Jonathan Lacayo, today the Seattle-based artist continues Musical Notes Global's Women's History Month celebration with a Get to Know Me interview. Check it out below.


Here's the scoop on my latest single "Calgary": "Calgary" is about a love unrequited. Sometimes we might feel blind sighted by a break up, whereas the other party knew it was coming from miles away. The song "Calgary" is based on the idea of two people looking at something and seeing two completely different objects.

I find my greatest inspiration in the human condition. I'm curious about what past lives have they lived before. What pivotal moments changed their lives. Where are they from. Despite our differences, we as people have all gone through moments of loss, sorrow, grief, anger, bliss, and joy.

A female artist who has influenced my work/sound is Feist. I've always had a hard time trying to pin point what I'm feeling, and when I first heard her album "Let it Die" from beginning to end, it was cathartic. Feist has a way of understanding the human condition. She's a wordsmith, and lyricism in a song is extremely important to me.

My favorite album by a female artist is "Crush Songs" by Karen O because I really admire the earnest and rawness of the recordings. I really enjoy the short little quips. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been one of my favorite bands and I aspire to be as unapologetic as frontwoman Karen O is as an artist and performer.

This is what Women's History Month means to me: Women's History Month to me is a reminder and celebration of how resilient people who identify as women are. As said many times before, as women, we've come a long way, but we've still got a long way to go. It's a time to reflect on the milestones we've made in women's rights and assess and put into action what we need to do to continue the fight for our rights.

Here's my advice to aspiring female singers and songwriters: Don't be too hard on yourself. Yes, it's good to always strive to improve and better yourself or your craft, but as an artist, I find we usually find ways to nitpick and find all the things we hate about our work. Sometimes we'll postpone releases or never finish songs because we feel inadequate and it's not quite perfect. Put your art out there, there is someone out there who will be moved by it. There is someone out there who needs your art as much as you do.

As a woman in the music industry, I feel it's important to support and encourage each other. There are so many talented women in the music industry and I feel when we band together we can create something amazing. I'm so lucky to know amazing women musicians and producers who work hard, create great work, and never hesitate to root for other women in the industry.

Drea Marilyn is preparing to go on tour this summer.

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