Thank you for taking the time to have this interview with IMAAI.
Tell us about your music.
My music is a reflection of my passion for storytelling and my love for embracing diverse influences. As an indie/romantic pop singer-songwriter, I strive to create soul-stirring melodies that resonate with listeners on a deep emotional level. Drawing inspiration from films, books, vintage fashion and photography I infuse my songs with elements of retro vibes, and classy heartfelt lyricism.
Each song is like a canvas where I paint stories of love, hope, and personal growth. I want my listeners to feel a sense of intimacy and connection with the emotions I convey through my music. My lyrics often touch upon themes of resilience, letting go, and embracing new beginnings, drawing inspiration from real-life experiences and the human condition.
I find immense joy in the creative process and love experimenting with different musical elements to craft a sound that is both nostalgic and contemporary. My music is an invitation to join me on a journey of self-discovery, love, and the pursuit of finding beauty in the complexities of life.
Ultimately, my goal as an artist is to touch hearts, spark emotions, and leave a lasting impression through my art. Whether it’s a bluesy tune that tugs at heartstrings or an uplifting melody that celebrates life’s little victories, my music is a testament to the beauty and power of human emotions.
When did you start performing?
I started performing at a young age, as music has always been a significant part of my life.
My journey as a performer began with small events in my kindergarten, then school performances, and bigger music competitions and festivals. As I grew older and honed my skills as a musician and vocalist, I started seeking opportunities to perform in various venues, such as cafes, open mic nights, and local music festivals. These early performances allowed me to gain valuable experience and connect with audiences on a personal level.
I became more intentional about creating an immersive experience, incorporating visual elements, storytelling, and a genuine connection with those who came to listen.
Performing is not just an act for me; it’s a way to connect with others, to convey emotions, and to create lasting memories. Whether it’s an intimate acoustic set or a grand stage, I cherish every moment I get to share my music with the world.
What do you consider to be your hometown and how does that affect your music?
My hometown of Saint-Petersburg, Russia holds a special place in my heart and has a significant influence on my music.
The local music scene in Saint-Petersburg exposed me to various genres, artists, and live performances, fostering a deep appreciation for different styles of music. Whether it was attending local concerts, open mic nights, or music festivals, being a part of the vibrant musical community in Spb exposed me to a wide range of musical influences and cultures.
The experiences and memories I have from Saint-Petersburg have become a wellspring of inspiration for my songwriting. The landscapes, people, and unique atmosphere of this city have found their way into my lyrics, adding a personal touch to my music even though it’s been many years now since I’ve moved out.
What performers have been your inspiration?
The performers who have inspired me in my musical journey are diverse and each has left a profound impact on my artistry. Among the main ones are Coldplay, Keane, Florence + The Machine, and Cat Power. They have been particularly influential for various reasons:
Coldplay for their emotive and anthemic sound. Chris Martin’s poignant songwriting and the band’s ability to craft music that touches the soul have always resonated with me. Their ability to create both uplifting and introspective songs has influenced my approach to songwriting.
Keane’s ability to convey deep emotions through their music has taught me the power of authenticity and vulnerability in songwriting. Their melodies and compositions have helped me understand the importance of crafting evocative and timeless melodies.
Florence Welch’s powerful and ethereal vocals, paired with the band’s dynamic and orchestral sound, and poetic lyrics, have been a revelation. Florence’s ability to channel raw emotions in her performances has taught me the importance of embracing passion and energy on stage.
Cat Power’s stripped-down and soul-baring approach to music has taught me that sometimes, less is more, and that true emotional resonance can be achieved with a minimalistic and sincere approach.
What do you base your success on?
As an artist, my primary measure of success is the ability to touch a listener’s soul and make a difference through my music. While it is gratifying to make a living from my passion, my true purpose in creating music has always been driven by the art itself.
For me, success is not solely determined by commercial achievements or popularity, but rather by the emotional impact my music has on those who listen. When someone connects with my songs on a profound level, finding solace, inspiration, or joy in the melodies and lyrics, that is the most rewarding feeling as an artist.
What was your latest musical release?
My latest musical release is a captivating instrumental track titled “The Streets Of Paris…” The inspiration for this enchanting piece came from my deep love for the Parisian charm, French films, language, and culture. As an artist, I wanted to pay homage to the timeless allure of Paris and create a musical experience that transports listeners to the romantic streets of the City of Light.
My hope is that this instrumental track serves as a soothing and delightful soundtrack, allowing listeners to experience the romance and allure of Paris from wherever they may be.
Do you have any news to share?
I’m delighted to announce the highly anticipated release of my new single, “Wait For A New Day,” scheduled to captivate audiences worldwide on September 1st.
“Wait For A New Day” is a heartfelt and soul-stirring track that delves into themes of resilience, hope, and new beginnings. Inspired by my personal experiences and emotions, the song speaks to the universal journey of letting go of the past and embracing a brighter future with grace and optimism.
The track’s composition beautifully blends blues-noir elements with vintage vibes, creating a captivating ambiance that perfectly complements the raw emotions conveyed through the soulful vocals. With jazz-club style piano and enchanting trumpets, this song invites listeners to immerse themselves in a timeless and classy sound that still feels contemporary.
How can fans find you?
My official website is mariarogers.co.uk where you can find links to all my socials and other projects I run!
I post most frequently on IG so come and join me there @mariarogers.co.uk
Lastly, please share some final words with the fans.
To all of you who have joined me on this musical journey, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude. Your support, encouragement, and enthusiasm have been the driving force behind my passion for music. Every lyric, every melody, and every performance is inspired by the connection we share.
As an artist, I strive to create music that touches your hearts, stirs your emotions, and becomes a soundtrack to your life’s moments. Each song is a piece of my soul that I offer to you, hoping it resonates with your own experiences and emotions. So, as you listen to my music, I hope it brings a sense of comfort and connection, reminding you that you are not alone in your feelings.