Brynmawr. If you’re not Welsh, you might mistake it for a sound made by dragon puppies. Actually, it’s the birthplace of Marina Lambrini Diamandis, one of the most successful artists out of Wales.
She was once known as Marina and the Diamonds – as her given name suggests – but she’s now changed her name, going back to basics and reinventing herself. Instead of being tied up to an artist persona, she has now rediscovered herself as a human being.
Marina’s path to pop stardom started when she wanted to be Madonna. She then became fascinated by PJ Harvey and gained an interest in producing her own music after which she released an EP that attracted the attention of basically all the big UK record labels.
Her debut album came out in 2010, and two years later she climbed all the way to the top of the UK charts, cementing her place as a Welsh pop force to be reckoned with. Many people have tried to put labels on her and compare her to others, something Marina has tackled in one of her new singles, “Hollywood”:
“Oh my god, you look just like Shakira / No no, you’re Catherine Zeta / Actually, my name’s Marina.”
Her name is Marina, alright, and her assertive, often sarcastic lyrics are just what we need. That and her synthesisers.
Marina is finally ready for Roskilde Festival, and we are so ready for her!
Marina will play a show on Avalon on Saturday 6 June at 23:00. On the same day she will give a talk at House of Chroma at 18:30.