Fans af NBC’s Stemmen vil helt sikkert genkende Melanie Martinez. With her complete hair and dark lipstick similar to the Long Island-born chanteuse, your typical bubblegum pop contestant on the singing contest program, she quickly became a fan favorite after she showed her ghost song (including some star Britney Spears covers) and consequently won the approval of sin træner, Adam Levine, samt resten af panelet af dommere.
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“Det var bestemt en lærerig oplevelse,” sagde Martinez Med stil. “I’m not as nervous as before I was in front of a camera.” Statistikken taler for sig selv: Efter at hun løb på serien, brød den 19-årige næsten internettet, da hun afslørede musikvideoen til sin debut single “Dollhouse” (14 millioner YouTube visninger og tæller). Her follow-up EP with the same name – a melange of youthful indian rights and childhood idealism – was released to similar fanfare.
And with the new series of songs comes the adoption of a new persona. For at supplere sin overordnede goth-pige vibe, har Martinez mærkbart startet udelukkende iført frilly mini-kjoler, der minder om dem, der bæres af vintage dukker. “I think I’m going through phases, and it’s just a very heavy phase, I’m going through,” she admits. Vi fangede sangeren før hendes show på The Bowery Ballroom i N.Y.C. Her er et uddrag fra vores chat:
Hvad var det som at arbejde med Adam Levine?Han was very supportive of everything I wanted to do and very sweet. Han syntes virkelig virkelig bekymre sig om hvad jeg gjorde. Plus, we listen to the same type of music, so we were on a similar side sonic.
Har du at holde kontakten?Jeg har ikke talt med ham for nylig, men vi har helt sikkert holdt kontakten.
Du dækkede Britney Spears på showet. Er du en stor fan?When I was younger, I used to listen to Britney and Christina [Aguilera] and the whole popdiva kind of thing, but I also listened to Dido. Min far ville spille mange Beatles og en masse Biggie, så jeg voksede op på det også. It has a great influence on my music at the moment. It’s a mix of lyrics and heavy hip-hop beats.
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Du har i det mindste udført “Giftig” i din audition. Hvorfor besluttede du at gå med den pågældende sang?I thought it was interesting because there was nothing that people would expect me to sing. Jeg arrangerede det selv. I think, if you’re going to cover a song, you should definitely take it apart and put it back together as if you wrote it. I do not think you should sing it the way the artist sang it – it’s a bit meaningless.
Har du altid haft en fascination med dukker?I have recently been inspired by toy towns and all things that concern childhood, and I think it goes into everything I do as a person – the way I dress and the music. The album is all childhood themes with adult situations. Every song works as an individual storybook, and I think the album is a huge package of scary little stories that are very mature.
Temaet also seems to involve your clothes.Det hele drejer sig om barndommen. On this tour I have used older baby dresses – they are people who are actually in that weird fetish. I found them on Etsy from this girl, who custom made dresses for adult babies. I think it fits very nicely and I like how it feels like a little girl’s dress from the 50’s, but for me. I will always cling to these little girl dresses in vintage stores and I can never bear them because they are so small!
Se musikvideoen for “Carousel” nedenfor og køb Dukkehus EP ($ 5) fra iTunes Store.
FOTO: Adam Levines ændrede udseende