Get to know Marion Raw a little in this rather lovely interview. Then give the superb ‘Hideaway’ and video a listen below. Marion is a favourite here at Clunk HQ.
Hello Marion…..welcome to the Clunk universe.
Please could you describe your surroundings so that we can form a picture in our mind’s eye.
I am sittng in my studio looking out the window. I live in a building that was built in 1908. It’s overlooking the inner courtyard of the gated building and I watch the curtains flowing outside the open bay window as the sky clouds over. It’s about to rain. I hear street musicians playing traditonal folk music from la Hausteca as the street vendor’s operatic voices holler over the musical trio, selling water.
What music did you grow up listening to? What was your first live music experience?
I was exposed to a lot of different genres growing up, however personally I was obsessed with the time warp I’d visit with 1940’s Jazz icons and 50’s and 60’s rock and roll. particularly obsessed with the Crystals and the Ronnettes, also some Elvis.
My first live music experience was probably at my dad’s after-hours flat he had in the 80’s and early 90’s. It was basically an apartment that he turned into a clandestine piano bar and a lot of the Mexican pop, bolero jazz stars of the time would end up at “The Caracol” singing and drinking until the early hours of the morning. He would record a lot of the sessions onto DAT. It is embedded in my memory, the black glossy piano, microphones salmon pink carpeting,.I got to experience it for the first time one summer we traveled to Mexico city, for my parents divorce. I was about 8 years old and baring witness to all the excitement and music that exploded in that space definitely shaped me.
What do you like to listen to? Do you like physical copies or are you strictly a downloader? What was the last album that you purchased?
I listen to all sorts of music, it really does depend on my mood: from Jazz to Classical like Alfredo Pia’, (I love Soo BAe’s album), Opera: Cecilia Bartoli, Folk: Jean Ritchie, Joni Mitchell, Tia Blake Sibylle Baier, and rockabilly and country, felt blues like Elizabeth CoMon, Wanda Jackson and Sanford Clark , There is so much out there, that holds me through so many moments, I also have a punkier side, and love listening to the Cramps, the Slits, the Klitz, Los Siacos, Davila 666, and of course all the classics: Alan Vega, Tom Waits, Lou Reed and Nico, Mazzy Star, sometimes nothing hits the spot like Selena. The list is immense I could be here all day. Other times I am the happiest listening to silence. I appreciate the access to discovery through digital and the collector in me adores tapes and vinyl of course. Last Vinyl I bought was actually a compilation I am on called Espacios Vacios that Devil in the Woods put out, the proceeds go to a feminist organization called Equis Justicia and has all female artists on it, Its great!
We are really enjoying the new single ‘Hideaway’ at Clunk HQ. Can you remember the first song that you wrote and what it was about?
Thank you! Thats lovely to hear 🙂
First song I ever wrote was a very basic two chord song, it’s called “a Boy” and the chorus literally said I’m in love with a boy that doesn’t see me. self explanatory really ha ha.
Please tell us about the album ‘Deep Cuts’. What are the inspirations behind the songs? When were the songs written?
As we were forced into lockdown, It quickly became evident that life was at a standstill until further notice, I started revisiting songs that had always meant something to me as a coping mechanism. I began exploring the Mexico I grew up with second handedly in my imaginary, which was mostly the Mexico of my parent’s generation. I adopted their nostalgia and references, never having had any of my own because we left Mexico when I was about a year old. So songs like Los Barandales del Puente for example I had never actually heard but it was always being referenced to by my father, So out of sheer curiosity i decided to look it up.
At the end of the day Artists like Daniel Johnston have always been a huge inspiration for me. Drawn to the DIY approach to recording I had always wanted to create an album at home. Never had the timing and setting been better.
Collaborating with AJ Davila, who produced Deep Cuts, also allowed for both our fears and confabulations about the pandemic and a dystopian future to take shape in the form of broadcasts and sound bites that we wove into the album…
On the other hand i felt it was fitting to debut with the story of my life, the story of migrating, I wanted to convey this through sound, texture and language, taking the listener along a journey through my life and in this way creating a time capsule of sorts.
The textures of my parent’s Veracruz, where they are both originally from, along with the crossing to the US, starting in California, then down and across to Texas, eventually crossing the Atlantic to Europe.
Aj and I would talk a lot and imagined what it would be like if the world as we knew it were to truly end and someone in a not so distant future civilization were to stumble across this dusty old tape recording.
Are there any plans to do some gigs in Europe in the foreseeable future?
Not yet, I would like nothing more, I miss Europe!
If we were to come to your neck of the woods for a weekend where would you take us? You are the Entertainments Committee!
In Mexico City definitely Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum, which houses his personal pre-hispanic collection and is my favourite place in the city. Antique market and non-stop food. So you’d better bring an appetite.
Any bands/artists that you recommend we check out?
These are my anglo and latin recommendations: Kate Clover, Margaritas Podridas, Davila 666, Petite Amis, Crocodiles, Los Nastys, Silver Rose.
Thanks for taking the time for Clunk. Don’t forget to come and perform in Carlisle, dinner at Clunk HQ!
You got it! ❤