Mree talks new album Winterwell, musical simplicity, & Bon Iver co-signing her talent..
We first watched Mree live (literally in awe) last year and since then have almost become obsessed with her talent. She just finished releasing her second album "Winterwell" on iTunes this week that gives off a unique sound mixing both experimental-folk acoustics and sprinkles of electronic sounds as it gracefully matched her angelic voice. Her journey starts off at in middle school, progresses online, and further develops as she steps into her freshman year at college at NYU's Clive Davis institute.
What made you take that leap of faith into music?
I watched the movie Glitter when I was in middle school and I fell in love - I loved Mariah Carey and her voice so I just wanted to try like replicate that so I got all of her CDs. I guess that's how I found my voice.. Previously I was pretty quite and I didn't really know I could sing until I tried to sing. So I did the middle school talent show one year with my friend and it didn't really work out but the next year I did a talent show solo and I ended up winning. So I was like 'hey maybe I had a chance at this!'. I went on YouTube and I saw hundreds of people posting covers so it was maybe something I could do that isn't so scary for me because I am scared of large audiences so I just wanted to get out there so I just started posting covers. So that was my way of performing in front of people
I like keeping things simple and not going into a lot of detail. I feel like the way I write in a very simplistic way.. I really like how that can just bring a lot of different thoughts in people's minds rather than just force-feeding them this idea. I think that when you leave something a little bit ambiguous and mysterious it just opens up the floor to different interpretations for different people.
on developing her sound..
For my previous album Grow (2011) it was more acoustic & folky. That's when I was trying to find my sound as a singer/songwriter. I was more exposed to different styles of music for Winterwell. Imogen Heap was a really big inspiration for this album. Her production is amazing and she has a lot of cool electronic elements. I wanted to kind of put the two styles up against each other, but make them a lot at the same time.
on Bon Iver tweeting/sharing her cover..
He tweeted my video, the cover of The Middle East "Blood" and he said something like "Great Cover". I wasn't at home I was actually in school. When I got home my mom sat me down and she told me "Bon Iver just tweeted your cover". I was in completely shock cause they are one of my biggest inspirations it was just one of those incredible moments - there were no words.
Getting your song placed on DeGrassi (TV Show)..
I knew it was going to be on DeGrassi I wasn't sure which episode- I thought it was episode 13 but it was the season premiere! I didn't actually catch the live I got this one tweet when I was hanging out with my friends and they were like "Did I just hear your song on Degrassi?". I wish I caught the live episode!
your songs featured in movies?
I think that would be wonderful. A bunch of people describe my music is kind of "soundtracky" -- it's kind of emotional. Someone said that Echo would be "great for some kind of jungle movie or something in a rainforest". It's just really interesting how people can see/hear things differently when they hear your music.
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