While it may be ripe with material, not many songs are written about the wild world that is tinder. However, following her own personal tinder horror story, Iris Marlowe decided to turn her pain into power, through song. After being stood up three times, Marlowe decided enough was enough and decided to pen her bran new single, Make Up Your Mind, which has transformed from a downtrodden anthem to an upbeat track filled with attitude and sass.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Marlowe about her new single, musical journey, and much more!
Worlds of Country: When did you know that music was your thing?
Iris: I have been playing music since I was about three years old. And I always wrote really cheesy songs. They were always about things that were happening at school and stuff like that. And it wasn’t until I was about 24, when I was moving back from Los Angeles, and I was like, Okay, I actually really liked music, I should take myself seriously and actually pursue it to some capacity.
Worlds of Country: So at that point, once you decided to really pursue it, what was your first step towards pursuing it?
Iris: Well, I, I always played guitar a little bit. And I started taking guitar lessons again at 24. And I started writing my songs with the guitar. I ended up meeting my sound engineer/ producer, through Facebook of all places, and it sounds like it could be like a horror movie setup. Like, I met him through a guitar player that I found. And it just kind of worked so well that I went to his house in his basement. This sounds scary, but it was fine. So we all kind of were playing our songs. And I played the first song I ever wrote on guitar. And he said, he wanted to work with me. And it took about a year to kind of compile an album. And then once it came out, I was like, e this is exactly what I needed in my life.
Worlds of Country: So what would you say has been the biggest thing that you’ve learned since then?
Iris: Oh, my gosh, how much self marketing, you have to do. All the different types of self marketing, I feel like I’m constantly having to catch up with like, what’s going on with like algorithm and how to make yourself like socially present on like the platforms. So I thought it would be like my first album, I didn’t do any promotion, I just put it out, I had no clue what I was doing. And then each album, I’ve tried harder to kind of get an idea of how to get it to more people. So I think that was the biggest shock was how much you push yourself in terms of getting your music out there, and probably how much time it takes to mix and master and record everything. And have it come to fruition.
Worlds of Country: So for people that haven’t heard your music, how would you describe your style?
Iris: What’s really interesting is the first album, I was very much like, Oh, I’m just going to be kind of Acoustic Singer Songwriter. We were going through one of my songs, and my sound engineer was like, Oh, I think you should write a country album one day. And at the time, I was like, I don’t see myself going in that direction. But then with the second album, there was a few more country songs in it. And then I just like full on went into like this country.
So my third album is like completely going to be a country western album. So it’s going to have these like classic sounds, I actually learned how to play the banjo to make this authentically kind of Western. And the style is very, like storytelling, country western inspired by spaghetti westerns. So it’s kind of like classic country. I went from like, kind of like sad girl singer songwriter, to country western in the span of like three years.
Worlds of Country: So what made you sort of embrace the country side of you?
Iris: So I grew up on a farm, like my parents were farmers, and I always was surrounded by country music and just the country lifestyle in general. So I always had, like, in the back of my mind, like, the biggest inspirations are like, of course, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and I kind of had more modern influences as I got older. And I started really gravitating towards some modern country in the past few years. And it kind of made me change my direction a little bit to like I love like Orville Peck and Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Ferrell and Charlie Crockett. So I kind of have been getting back into country music because of some of these modern day artists that are really cool. And they’re doing something classic, but new at the same time. So that’s kind of why I wanted to go in that direction, too. Because I was like, Oh, I think I have something I can offer in this realm of country music.
Worlds of Country: So your new single Make Up Your Mind, can you tell us the story behind that song and how that song came together?
Iris: Yeah. So make up your mind was actually inspired by someone I met through Tinder. I think I wrote it when I was 26. And he stood me up not once, not twice, but three times, which I know, young me was a little naïve. So I was like, Okay, after the third time he stood me up, I just like, got my guitar, and I wrote the lyrics to make up your mind because I was like, do like me do you not like me? Do you want to see me? And the original version was really, like sad, and slow, and really depressing. And I took it into the studio and my sound engineer was like, can you make this up tempo? Let’s try making a country song. Like, let’s have it have like a tambourine and work on it and make it a little bit more exciting. So I put it on my first album, and it was good, but we re-recorded it and remastered it to be a little bit more upbeat. And I play the banjo on it. So the inspiration was from a three time times standing up champion.
Worlds of Country: What’s next for you?
Worlds of Country: I have a new album coming out in late May, possibly early June just depending on how mastering goes and when that gets done. And it’s super country. And there’s a cohesive storyline in it. There’s lots of different styles of country music in it. I would say there’s even like dark country in it. Like it’s super weird there’s three songs in particular that are inspired by Twin Peaks, a television show, and it’s got this like creepy Western kind of gritty sound to it. So there will be more music videos and a short film which I’m really excited about.
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