GET TO KNOW: Marilyn Carino

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I started singing in classic country bands in San Francisco, doing Merle Haggard and Graham Parsons covers. Then I sang jazz for a while, I learned lots of Duke Ellington tunes, the best! It was a great way to develop my technique, like how learning proper ballet steps helps you to do weird experimental dance.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My parents always played music when I was growing up. My dad was older and more old fashioned, he liked Sinatra and great singers like Mel Torme and Barbra Streisand. My mom liked the radio, soul music, the Beatles, disco, it taught me to tell good music from bad and that genres are meaningless.
How long have you been playing/writing?
Since the 90s. I studied audio engineering and then worked in recording studios in London. Most of the music I recorded for people was terrible, the singers all had to be autotuned and just had no musicality. And they all just copied Blur.  I think I started writing out of spite!
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I recently toured the U.K. to support the Leaves, Sadness, Science album. I’m living in Edinburgh at the moment and recording. I have a gig March 4th at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, I should start another proper tour soon after that.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably the most proud I’ve been is when I opened for Black Star and Mos Def put his arm around me backstage after my set and gushed about how much he liked my performance.  Also I love collaborating with people who can teach me something, so I’d say another highlight was writing and recording with Mike Mills of REM and singing with David Byrne, they both schooled me fierce!
Where is the best place to find you online?