INTERVIEW: Viennese Singer-Songwriter Marley Wildthing
Marley Wildthing played a set in a small, eclectic tea-shop full of expats in Prague 6 called A Maze in Tchaiovna. After being taken by her talent and stage presence, she agreed to sit down with us and answer a few questions. Here is a first look at Marley Wildthing: an Austrian singer-songwriter making a name for herself in Central Europe.
When did you start making music?
I’ve always played music, and then two or three years ago I started writing. I play the piano, bouzouki, and ukulele. And then, in September… so like nine months ago… I started performing… like really performing at bars and stuff instead of just like one song at an open mic.”
What brought about the decision to start performing?
I’ve always wanted to do it, but firstly I was too scared, and secondly I thought it was ridiculous to think you could be a musician when there are so many awesome people making music out there. But a friend kind of brought me into it, he's a very talented musician, and he told me I had to record my stuff. So I trusted him and I thought maybe yeah.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Love: either positive or negative. It is the biggest topic and confusion in life. Because I’m traveling a lot so this confuses me a lot as well… Mostly love and the inner feeling of confusion where you don’t know what to do with yourself. The last song I played tonight is about traveling and I think it’s my most positive song. It’s about how I can’t stay at one point. The three most important things in my life: love, traveling, and confusion.
How do those three things work together for you in life and in your music?
I think if you’re going from one place to another it’s confusing because you find out more things about yourself and then you show your personality differently to everyone else because they don’t know who you were before. So you experience something new in yourself, and you go back and you have to bring your new self into your old self and it’s very confusing. And I try to put that feeling into my music.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s very difficult for me to say where I want to go musically or what style I am. It’s just what comes out.
What do you do besides music?
MW: I try to make my music right now the main part of my life. I used to translate, and still do every now and then, but music is the biggest thing.
Check out Marley's music below.