Monday, October 18

(Mental Health Conversation): MARLO THE BARBARIAN

Editor’s Note:  Upcoming indie artist Marlo The Barbarian has recently released her new two-song EP entitled “Blue Roses.”  “Blue Roses” takes on a reference to Laura’s nickname in “The Glass Menagerie.” In “The Glass Menagerie”, Laura has pleurisy and is nicknamed Blue Roses by a friend as a mispronunciation of her disease.  Laura ends up liking the nickname, standing that “blue” is wrong for roses, but is right for her.  In this two-song EP, Laura takes it as stepping into the light and finding her own individiuality and uniqueness.  In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Marlo The Barbarian discusses her educational background, mental health awareness and “Blue Roses.” Fans can find Marlo The Barbarian on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram

Madness To Creation:  How has music education impacted you as an artist?  What were some amazing things that you learned?

Marlo The Barbarian: I am really blessed that there was a public “magnet” school in my hometown with a focus on arts education, where you could audition for a major and every day get to work on your passions. It was my safe space where I was able to be myself and explore my development as a person going through young love, discovering independence, friendship, and my artistic voice. 

Madness To Creation:  Tell me a teacher that inspired you to be the person that you are today, how did they inspire you?
Marlo The Barbarian:  I had a voice teacher growing up who always led with love. She really taught me how to write music and always was in the back of my head encouraging me to pursue songwriting as a career. I never thought it was possible until I started playing my original songs for other people and realized there was a demand. 
Madness To Creation:  Most difficult and easiest subject for you in school and why?
Marlo The Barbarian:  PE- I AM NOT SPORTY IN THAT WAY. I love the gym and fitness, but team sports, I just was bad at. I was always picked last and for good reason. Academically, probably science, but I think that was because I skipped a lot of science. 
Category Two:  Mental Health(I’m a major mental health advocate and plus these questions will be featured in a book I’m working on)
Madness To Creation:   What is the soundtrack to your life?  Meaning who is your go-to artist/band and what song/album gets you through the most?
Marlo The Barbarian:  Jagged Little Pill I discovered in 6th grade and damn it got me through a lot (still does, original not 2015 remaster). I was also raised Catholic and really felt understood in her music.
Madness To Creation:  Tell me about a time that was difficult for you and you rose to the occasion and realized everything was going to be okay?
Marlo The Barbarian:  The decision to get on meds was hard, I did not want to feel I needed meds to get my life back together. As soon as I did, however, I realized that meds didn’t take away from my life, instead, they allowed me to feel emotions without getting completely stuck in them. I became less paranoid and started to know myself again. 
Madness To Creation:  What are some routines or regimens you do to keep your mental health in check?
Marlo The Barbarian:  Exercise, meditation, days off, repeat. 
Madness To Creation:  Advice you have for the reader that is struggling.
Marlo The Barbarian:  Even if you think you are alone, you are not alone. Being vulnerable isn’t a weakness. If someone does not accept your vulnerability I am truly sorry, they have something they need to work through. Your people are out there. You deserve to be seen and loved. 
Madness To Creation:   Biggest thing you learned about yourself through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Marlo The Barbarian:  No one knows what they are doing 90% of the time, everyone is making it up as they go. 
Category Three: The music of Marlo The Barbarian
Madness To Creation:  Take us into the music video for “Real Friends Fake Friends”, over 40,000 views on YouTube.  Congrats!
Marlo The Barbarian:  THANK YOU! The video concept was largely inspired by Tarina Doolittle, who was trying to embody the song’s underlying message of being your own worst enemy. There have been people that have slowed me down and tried to butt in where they were not welcome, but I have spent so much time working on myself, that anyone who is still holding on to the darkness is past versions of myself.
Madness To Creation:   Take us into the writing process of Marlo The Barbarian
Marlo The Barbarian: Sometimes I write music start to finish at home and bring it into the studio, other times I start fresh in the studio, sometimes it’s a combo version of that. Real Friends Fake Friends falls into the combo version. Sometimes I start with chords, other times I start with an idea that’s in my head. I wish I had a solidified process and also love that I don’t. 
Madness To Creation: What is one thing you excel at as an artist and one thing you want to work on?
Marlo The Barbarian:  I excel at storytelling I would say and need to work on my social media engagement. It is truly an art to be able to captivate an audience through our hand computers. 
Madness To Creation:   What are the big summer plans?
Marlo The Barbarian:  Work, continue releasing new songs, maybe Vegas???? 
Madness To Creation:  What are your goals for the rest of the year as an artist?
Marlo The Barbarian:  I would love for a song to hit the 1 million plays mark and also build up a big enough fan base to start touring in a meaningful way. 

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