INTERVIEW: Marika Hackman Talks To FOTF On New Album, UK Dates & Festivals

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Marika Hackman has announced a series of in-store performance around the release of her new album ‘I’m Not Your Man’, out 2nd June on AMF Records (Loyle Carner) and Sub Pop in the US.

Two stunning tracks from the album have been released so far, ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘My Lover Cindy’.

On the eve of her mini tour, (more about that later), Marika took time out of to talk to Flick of the Finger….

Hi .You have had quite a busy year so far. Would you like to share some of your highlights?  Getting the first couple of singles out from the album which I finished at the end of the last year was definitely a highlight and seeing people reaction and thoughts is always a really intriguing and fun experience for me.

You also attended SXSW.  Yes that was definitely another highlight. I was out there with The Big Moon, and we played a show a day. It was quite crazy. Everything is very hectic, running from show to show, drinking margaritas, eating lots of Mexican food in quite a strong heat which at times was quite overwhelming. However it was so much fun.

What was the audience vibe like? The reason I ask is that when I’ve seen shows out there they seem quite subdued toward their European counterparts. Oh no it was all pretty cool actually. I think I was having so much fun on stage. Also its the first time I have played with a band and the fact we performed  much more raucous music, that I really didn’t notice. I hope they had as much fun. We had really good feedback about it.

The new album is definitely a lot grungier than the previous one. What prompted the change of direction?  I’ve always wanted to change my music for each release. I don’t ever want to repeat anything I’ve done before. It also seemed like a really natural progression to me. I guess it was stuff that I’d listened to when I was growing up. It just started happening and flowing out so I went with it. I have an older brother and he listened to that stuff  during the 90’s. I guess I was just around it.

I know it’s a difficult question, but are there any tracks on the album that are your favourites. I think my favourite one, and it is hard to choose, would be Blahblahblah. It’s a very strong contender. It’s one of the last ones I wrote for the album. I love the bass-line on that track. I wrote the bass-line and everything went from there.

There was quite a gap between the first album and this one. Was there a specific reason for this? I don’t like leaving a large gap between recordings; however at the beginning of last year I left my record label and my management so that added a bit of extra time. However it was the right move for me. I felt empowered and that definitely helped with the making of the new album.

I believe you have some live dates coming up soon before the album release date? We have a mini tour that incorporates Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London, as well as some in store performances around the rest of the U.K.  We also have a few festivals penned in, and lots more touring in the autumn. The in-store stuff will be different as it’s the first time I’ve done it with a band.

You can catch Marika on the following dates…

UK Headline Dates:
18th May – The Great Escape, Brighton
29th May – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
30th May – King Tut’s, Glasgow
31st May – Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st June – Heaven, London

In-store Dates:
2nd June – London, Rough Trade East (Full Band)
3rd June – Nottingham, Rough Trade (Full Band)
5th June – Bristol, Rise (Acoustic)
6th June – Marlborough, Sound Knowledge (Acoustic)
8th June – Kingston, New Slang (Full Band)

Festivals:
14th July – Latitude Festival
25th Aug – Reading Festival (NME / R1 Stage)
26th Aug – Leeds Festival (NME / R1 Stage)
3rd Sept – End of the Road Festival

Thanks to Marika for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to us.


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