Updated March 16, 2021 at 10:02 p.m. CT
Posted March 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CT
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Briana Brock, better known by her stage name Queen Mars, sat down with The Phoenix on Zoom to discuss her musical roots, rise to success, and the upcoming Trust Issues project on April 9th debut.
Similar to many childhood wishes, Queen Mars fixed herself on dreams of becoming a singer from the age of eight.
“I feel like it all came out of this idea, that I want to be a singer and that all singers write their own music,” said Queen Mars. “When I was around 12 my grandma gave me one of her old keyboards and then I started tapping the keys to find out what sounded good and writing a song about it.”
Look forward to Queen Mars’ 2018 outbreak into the world of streaming and flawless pen play with her single, “Love Me?”
“That was my introduction to what I write in my bedroom and blew it up into a full artistic vision,” recalled Queen Mars. “This was the first time I planned a music video, showed it, and got all of these details down.”
Courtesy Danielle Spiegel Queen Mars will present her upcoming project on April 9th.
Playing over heavy drums and a Latin-inspired guitar melody, Queen Mars seamlessly shapes her unique storytelling skills and vocal skills into a rhythmic pop track.
The experienced and motivated release of her first single on streaming sites catapulted the singer-songwriter into an impressive 2019 and the release of three more tracks.
Queen Mars confessed that it took her almost a year to create three tracks and an explanation of why this goes without saying when you first listen to it. Starting with hip-hop and trap with “B! Tch ”to electronic and hyperpop on“ Devil on My Shoulder ”to R&B on“ Queen of Hearts ”shows Queen Mars the versatility of her ability to sing in a variety of production styles.
“I like to make music that reflects my musical tastes,” said Queen Mars of her diverse discography. “I don’t have the need and I don’t feel that an artist should feel the need to interfere because most people have diverse tastes in music.”
Despite her extensive production, a style she coined as “Kaleidoscope Pop”, Queen Mars combines her musical endeavors with a foundation – an unmatched lyrical confidence. And with a year-long stint on concerts and touring, Queen Mars found she was re-channeling childhood aspirations and past relationships as lyrical inspirations for her upcoming expanded piece, Trust Issues (EP).
“I put it together right after the quarantine started, and when you have all the time to yourself, you start to regrow those parts of you. You didn’t even realize you made sacrifices for years,” explained Queen Mars when asked about the creative process behind her debut EP. “I came into a room where I felt like I was going back to my childhood.”
After a year of desocialization and focusing on her story, Queen Mars was able to construct tracks with an enhanced portrayal of herself as an artist: ambitious, evil and vulnerable.
In the lead single “Boys Like You”, Queen Mars found written texts four years ago that describe their first relationship. Queen Mars uses a vicious, distorted R&B instrumental to convey a combination of cold-blooded high spirits and emotional chaos.
“This song is pretty aggressive and assertive, it’s still pretty vulnerable because it’s very much about that person,” she admitted. “I had to give people the background why I am who I am.”
Accompanying the publication is a Music video where Queen Mars puts her cinematic performance on the same track as pop stars like Rihanna.
“theyThe artist finds the second single of the upcoming project in an intimate headspace while she sings about another relationship in the past. The track changes gears completely as a warm acoustic guitar melody, playful layered vocals, and vivid imagery of the changing seasons merge into a soft pop song that is suitable for any summer afternoon.
With the project released on April 9th, Queen Mars hopes to continue developing her own voice and expressing her identity without compromise by immersing herself in the realm of production.
“I’ve always produced with the people I work with, but I’ve never really learned how it all works myself,” said Queen Mars. “I’m very excited because I could develop my sounds a bit more, because I can be a lot more experimental. I can play around with noises for 10 hours and not waste time. “
In addition to the self-produced tracks, fans should expect more music videos to appear after the release of “Trust Issues”, including a video that accompanies the final track of the EP “Lonely”.
“Trust Issues” will be available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify on April 9th.
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