NOVEMBER FALL 2021 EDITION
Interview by Isaac Davis, JR, MA, MBA
Answers by Mary Keey
One of the best parts of this job is being able to discover exciting new indie music. Our following interview comes from the sensational talents of Indie New Wave Pop/Rock Singer/Songwriter Mary Keey. She is the ultimate example of girl power as she brings her enormous talents to the indie music industry. With a sound that complements the great pop/rock musicians of the 80s, Keey perfectly blends a great combination of new wave pop with a rock sound pleasing to the ears. Here is what was formulated from our recent online encounter with the incredibly gifted artist.
Isaac: What’s your background? What got you into making music?
Mary Keey: I started translating and learning English way before my English lesson because I wanted to understand the songs I was listening to. And with those first words, I began to write my own lyrics. I was never the person to talk much, but I could express everything I needed with the music. I never dared to pursue my own music till I met like-minded people some years later.
Isaac: How long has music been a part of your life?
Mary Keey: Music was always around. I was four years old when my parents took me to my first Festival.
Isaac: If it was not for music, where would you be now?
Mary Keey: I went through many rough patches in my life. If there would not be music to express me completely, I don’t know what would have happened.
Isaac: How did you come to realize that music was the way forward for you?
Mary Keey: I always knew. But somehow, when this whole covid thing happened, it forced me to take a step back and check my direction. I noticed that I was losing my passion cause I put many things before my music and decided to change that.
Isaac: If you had to sacrifice one skill, which would you least like to let go, and why?
Mary Keey: I don’t know if it’s a skill or how you would call it. But I would take away my straightforward speaking. Like many times I have no, let’s call it filter. I say what I think the moment I think it. You know you get an honest answer from me, but it’s not always the way to go. Sometimes you have to keep your tongue and can’t just say everything you think.
Isaac: How are your biggest influences in music right now? What does their music mean to you as an artist?
Mary Keey: It goes in times in life, I think. I always was a rock girl. Since being back on tour with the band, I am more and more listening again to Rock or also Metal music. You’ll find Thirty seconds to Mars, Bring Me the Horizon or Avril Lavigne on my playlist right now.
Isaac: How would you describe your style of music?
Mary Keey: I would say it’s pop-rock with an 80ies vibe.
Isaac: In what way do you aim to make a difference?
Mary Keey: I love when songs have a meaning and a deep thought behind them. My songs are very personal, and I would love for people to come back to listen to a song again. I mean listening to how it makes them feel, what the artist is trying to say as supposed to listen and after 30 seconds skip to the next song with a “was nice,” but no idea what the song was about. Pop Music has this reputation of being superficial sometimes.
Isaac: Who’s your fashion icon, and why?
Mary Keey: Mh, this one is difficult. I get inspired by many things. I am a big fan of the Japanese Anime style or also Neon colors. But I don’t really follow a person in particular.
Isaac: What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into growing up?
Mary Keey: When I was 14 years old, I ran away from home. But little me didn’t just run away a few blocks. I took a train and went to Hamburg, which is like north of Germany, about 1000 km. I must have been very desperate for that move at the time. But I actually don’t remember much other than some nice guy found me on the street wandering around at night, and he somehow knew I ran away from home and called my parent. I was fortunate to get home safe.
Isaac: Where is your career heading? What’s the vision?
Mary Keey: At the moment, it’s going well. We have a few new songs that are in production, and we have a US Tour coming up and another European tour. I am very excited to be on the road again.
Isaac: How do you put words to paper? What’s your creative process like?
Mary Keey: I write when I feel. This [feeling] can be that I am upset about something. Or when my producer shows me an idea he had. It really depends on the moment. Lately, I have had a lot of things in my mind, so I would wake up at 5 am eyes wide open, grab my phone and start to write anything that comes to mind. Mostly, I first have the feeling, and I try to describe it as best as possible.
Isaac: When it comes to performing, what’s your style?
Mary Keey: I am a quieter person, but I have this alter ego that comes out on stage. She likes to party and have a good time and is full of energy 🙂
Isaac: If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Mary Keey: I would love to perform at the VMA’s! They always have such amazing shows for those nights!
Isaac: You would be fantastic there!
Isaac: What’s your favorite project so far, and why?
Mary Keey: Project in the sense of songs, I am working on one in particular. I think it’s the first ballad I ever wrote. I had this tune my producer wrote, and I had this inspiration that I wrote in a couple of hours. The song is called “Let This Song Be Love,” and it talks about not holding back anymore on what I love. If everything goes right, it will go out this winter and feature my Guitar player Nikk Savinelli singing with me on that track.
Isaac: How do you see your sound evolving in the next couple of years?
Mary Keey: In the past years, it’s always been my producer and me, but I see the future collaborating more and more with the band and other musicians.
Isaac: Who are your biggest musical influences? Would you say you’re at all like them?
Mary Keey: I would say the most at the moment is Thirty Seconds to Mars. And Rock Music in general. But I think I am way more pop than that. Even though I must say lately, I am leaning a bit more towards guitars, and my lyrics have changed quite a bit since the beginning.
Isaac: When driving, is there a particular track that has you blasting the stereo with the windows down?
Mary Keey: It changes from time to time, but at the moment, there are two: Glory by The Score and I think I’m Ok by Machine Gun Kelly.
Isaac: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?
Mary Keey: If I could choose, I’d collaborate with Ryan Tedder from One Republic. He is such a fantastic songwriter.
Isaac: If you had to switch bodies with another artist, who would it be and why?
Mary Keey: I would like to know what it feels like to have the vocal pipes of Christina Aguilera. Like hell yes, I would love to know how it feels like 🙂
Isaac: Shameless plug time; promote yourself…
Mary Keey: Here are all my links:
Broken record: https://youtu.be/fV8v6BFgsqA
Love in My Head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0oyU5eBvMI
Isaac: Final thoughts…
Mary Keey: Thanks so much for having me and for your interest in my music!
Oh, and By the way, everyone from the West Coast! We’ll be there with my band to play a couple of shows from December 5 till December 19! So hope to see you all there!