Singer/ Songwriter Alana Mars is talking her writing style, music and who is her holy trinity in music!
What first got you into music?
My love for music began at a young age courtesy of my father Bob Margolis, who was a self taught musician and worked in promotional sales/marketing for major labels such as Geffen, Elektra and RCA in the 80s/90s. I grew up looking at my dad's platinum and gold records from RIAA and dreamed of having my own with my name on it. He saw the creative spark in me, and made sure that I honored it and supported me in every way imaginable.
Who inspired you to make music?
While my father was a big influence, I realized that I could create a life and career by doing the two things I love the most: writing and singing. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, always scribbling in a journal/notebook or now on my iPhone notes app. I was in choirs all throughout my preliminary education (elementary, middle and high school) which gave me the foundation of good technique mixed with a contemporary vocal style. I had friends growing up who were also songwriters and musicians, and seeing them create music and having the courage to put it out into the world gave me the nudge that I needed!
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
My songwriting style is quite bare bones, just using the guitar and/or piano to create the basic building blocks. I love being able to go into the studio and play with sounds and instruments to create music that is truly authentic to me. The goal I have for my music is to create something that people can dance to, and have words and situations that people can relate to. Sometimes I hear music/lyrics and think, "Wow, I thought no one could describe how I'm feeling but they just did!" and that's how I want to make others feel.
What has been the most monumental moment for you on stage so far?
My first gig as a solo artist was in my hometown for a music festival held every year called Musikfest. I'm currently living in Denver, Colorado so playing my first solo gig in my hometown in front of my entire family was beyond rewarding. They've all seen me grow into the artist I want to be, and looking out to see their smiling and proud faces is something I will never forget! Do you have any upcoming shows or music releases we should know about?
My next gig is in Denver, Colorado at a venue called Lost Lake on March 13th! It's a full female line up with women I went to college with and I couldn't be more excited! I'm currently working on my second single to release, and hoping for an EP release by summer.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The Internet has done some wild things for the music industry, good and bad. I went to the University of Colorado Denver for songwriting and music business, so I took classes that were only about how the digital age has changed the music industry. I think that the power of the Internet has helped so many small DIY artists gain a platform to fulfill their dreams but also creates a very saturated environment which isn't necessarily a bad thing! There's pros and cons to everything but overall I think the Internet and platforms like TikTok have introduced the world to new and exciting music, a whole new generation of musicians!
What is your favorite song to perform?
My favorite song to perform right now is "Hold My Tongue" which is the first single I released! It's a simple song (literally two chords haha!) but I feel like it's one of the first songs I've written that I feel so personally connected to and can really emote how I felt writing it every time I perform.
Which musicians do you admire?
My holy trinity consists of Lana del Rey, Phoebe Bridgers and Stevie Nicks. All three of those women speak from their hearts and create such honest music that I've looked up to for years. I cannot stop listening to Billie Eilish, you can definitely hear her influences in my musical production. I've always looked up to musicians that are essentially chameleons, like Lady Gaga and Mac Miller. Though they are known primarily as pop (Lady Gaga) and rap (Mac Miller) artists, they don't put themselves in a box and create music that is true and authentic to themselves which I think is one of the most crucial parts of being an artist.