Marina LaCroix have created what seems to be a blend between many “waves“, as she’d like to call it. I’m not sure how to interpret these waves, but they seem to come into play when I listen to her music. Recently, she released “White Ocean“, a two-tracked release which featured her original track and a remix by Mondwest. Earlier, she’s been in different bands, utilizing her talents in different ways. There’s no doubt about it that Rougemarine is musical to the core, which can also be heard in her different releases – but especially in “White Ocean“. Coming from an electronic perspective, delving into what seems to be trip-hop, changing into a more experimental approach. Needless to say, she’s got a lot going for herself and I wanted to ask her a few questions about her project as such – and what she sees in her own music, but also what her perspective on music and life could be. So check out this mini-interview!
In 2009, you left your previous band to embark upon a solo-project under the name of “Rougemarine”. Why did you do that and how did you come up with Rougemarine?
– Before Rougemarine I was a band member of 3 bands: as a drummer, a frontwoman, and as a keyboardist. It was such different genres, but it was what I needed at that time. I worked with perfect musicians who gave me the perception to actualize myself in one project, so now I feel that it’s time for Rougemarine.
So, what makes Rougemarine any different?
– Everything and nothing. I can’t only be a songs creator, but a creator of sound. It’s seems like I’m expressing myself when I’m turning the knobs and pressing the keys, moving faders, but it just seems like that. I’m looking for a sound of what’s touching me inside. And there are not that many projects around, in all genres – which make you want to feel something and meditate.
Speaking about your sound, you’ve got a unique take on electronica as such. You define yourself as doing “experimental electronica”, which seems to fit the bill very well. When you begin searching for what touches you inside, some of it might well be shamanistic and spiritual. Where are you normally looking? Or are you simply an explorer, which take things as they come?
– True art only appears, when you begin to see yourself from inside, and whilst not trying to make something similar to everything else – or just trying to make something better than anyone. In that case guys usually say: “Hey! You’ve got something to say!” My track-work consists from 3 parts. At the beginning I must try to get rid off absolutely all the thoughts in my head, and stay face-to-face with the instruments. You can only hear yourself when you’ve gotten rid of your thoughts. So, this is the base of the sound. Afterwards, I start to structure up the track. At the end I’m putting my thoughts into the lyrics, and then to the song. So, as you can see: my tracks are not just an experimental collection of sounds. I named it ‘experimental’ because of the fact that people, who weren’t accustomed to my music, would know it – before they’d press “play”. I don’t wanna think about any stages for the time being, I just want to create music and gradually evolve. And eventually someday, you will know who I am in my ‘normal’ setting.
When did you begin to translate this into songs as Rougemarine? How do you go by when you do it?
– I began to produce music for Rougemarine when I decided to escape from any influences. Influences are a big problem for many good artists, it’s just that they fail to recognize it. So now I feel what can be called; freedom. Freedom is really what’s people need, but they consciously build up walls, in fear of actually gaining it. The result of this is total decay, or ‘death’ as I would say.
What do people that listen to your music think of it? How have the reactions been to what you do?
– I have different moods of listeners for the same track, for example: White Ocean. Last time I looked into the eyes of random guys in the moment of listening, it was like death came for them, and at the same time another my mate sat near and danced with smile. Everything is just our perception. Also, all people have opinions about life, but sometimes these opinions are simply derived out of social falseness. I just wanna show people that they need to be closer to death, and then life will suddenly feel more joyous.
You’ve recently released your vinyl “White Ocean”. What kind of aspirations did you have when you were making it? Did you want it to be reachable for many, or just a personal record for fewer listeners?
– I want to be reachable for everyone who can find interest in it. It doesn’t matter when. Today, tomorrow – or in 20 years.
Alright, thank you for your answers. What do you want to say, as a final answer?
– I wished everyone would stop trying to be anything other than themselves. Be yourself, relax and keep your ‘wave’.
Listen to the two tracks from White Ocean, down below. You can buy the limited edition 12¨ from her bandcamp, as well.