Interview with maere

Enigmatic group mære comprises of various collaborators and is fronted by spokesperson and music producer Cee. For the curious amongst you, this July 29th, you’ll be able to experience ‘Red Room’, mære’s new single. Expect a simple yet emotive music video to accompany this sleek, Alt RnB number, which is set to be beautifully in keeping with the band’s underground, vibey aesthetic. Red Room will also form part of an upcoming EP from mære, taking centre-stage as its lead track.

Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!

I am Cee from mære, a music project born in Berlin in the summer of 2021, composed of musicians and artists coming from different backgrounds.Music (and art in general) help to explore some parts of me that I can’t always express in my everyday life, a feeling that might be familiar to many members of the lgbt community. As a non binary person, the concept of inner/superficial identity and how it is shaped depending on the info you get out is very dear to me. That’s why I never show my face, even in photographs Cee is shown with a mask on (as you can see on instagram), and sometimes I see Cee as a sort of alter ego, a stage persona created as sort of ego death on one side, and wanting to show myself through the rest of the collective on the other. Maybe my hidden talent is actually hidden behind the mask 😉

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

I mostly write and produce the initial beats, then I send some proposals to the rest of the group and we work together on vocals and lyrics. The collaboration part is vital, I like to think that when we make a song together we merge a little bit, and whoever listen make up their own idea about who mære is.

Who are your main musical influences and why?

The influences come from a wide range of rnb and pop music, from the more mainstream to the experimental. The idea is to pay homage to the music I listened to when I was going through a difficult time, music that helped me find my center again. Some names could be Syd, Kelela, Fka Twigs. But I also love afrobeats, so who knows, that might sneak into some future release.

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

We have another track featuring Gau in the final stages of mixing, the plan is to release an Ep including this new song, the first two singles (Pretty Crash & Red Room) and a couple of other
tracks. We also have songs being developed with the other two singers that were part of the mære collective from the start of the project.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

“Red Room” was written after I met Gau (the singer) in Moscow, right before the start of the Ukraine conflict. Initially it was a mood piece about loneliness/isolation, but became then influenced by the uncertainty that flooded us during those weeks, ending up with parallel layers of meaning. I went back to Berlin before the recording was finished, and kept exchanging files with Gau until we were satisfied. The current sanctions against Russia makes it hard for her to fully participate in the promotion, but I try to keep her in the loop at every step.

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