Marian Hill at Bonnaroo (Interview)

Neo-soul jazzsters Marian Hill performed at Bonnaroo this year.


So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.


You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

Samantha: “We expect it to be hot, dusty, and wild. We’ve heard great things about Bonnaroo from artists who’ve performed and people who’ve gone, so we’re super excited to play. It’s also awesome to play at night at these big festivals and we have a perfect set time. So that’s an added bonus.”


What can we expect from your set?

Samantha: “You’re going to hear a mix of old songs from our Sway EP and new ones from ACT ONE –both released and unreleased. We want the audience to be transported. To forget about everything else and vibe and dance with us. One of the best things about writing music is getting to perform it for people. So we hope they love it.”

Jeremy: “We want them to lose themselves in the music –shoutout Eminem! We want them to see how live electronic music can be.


What’s the story behind the title of your forthcoming album, ACT ONE, which drops on June 24th?

Jeremy: “The thing this album is, more than anything else, is the beginning of Marian Hill. We pushed ourselves to explore all the facets of our style and in doing so establish the first chapter of our sound. Our name is also derived from when we met doing theater in middle school and there is a theatricality to our songwriting style. This is its first act.”

Its first leaked single, “Mistaken,” features jazz musician Steve Davit who you frequently collaborate with. How did you find him?

Jeremy: “Steve is another friend that dates back to middle school. We’d already incorporated sax into our music but didn’t know how and if we would use it live. It just so happens that Steve is a damn sexy and talented sax fiend so for our first live show we asked if he would play with us. It was pretty clear after the first performance that he would become an integral part of our live show.”

You’re playing a slew of music festivals this summer. Any survival tips?

Samantha: “Always bring a change of clothes. I’ve now lost clothes to rain and dirt. Stay hydrated and take it all in. Not just the music, but the setting and the weather and the rides and the crowd. When it downpours at Governors Ball and water is collecting in your pockets and mascara is stinging your eyes: just lean into it and love it. That and bring a snack. Something candy-ish. I find I crave candy at like 2:00 AM only after shows. Very bizarre.”

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