MARIANN THOMASSEN, WITH THE STAGE FACE MARIANN ROSA, IS WORKING SOLO TODAY. AFTER HER DISCONNECTION FROM THE SURFEROSA-SHIP, MARIANN WAS BOARDING SPACE BY MIXING HER OWN MUSIC VISIONS, AND HERE YOU ARE, HER NEW STAR TRACK “HYPE” IS HYPED! THE ALBUM SOUNDS LIKE A SCHIZO MIX AND IS TWISTING YOU WITH ITS DIFFERENT STYLES AND EMOTIONS. IT’S SO FREAKING FANTASTIC!
” MARIANN IS A BRUTAL ACID ILLUMINATOR, SHE IS RAYING AROUND BY HER FLOWERISH BUT SOLID VOCAL, HER PUNK ATTITUDE AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS SUIT HER PERSONA WILDLY. MARIANN ROSA IS AN MICROWAVE AND ONE N ONLY- HUNGRY NEO-ROCK’N’ROLLA.”
BANG-BANG! SUCH A PLEASURE TO HAVE MARIANN IN TOWN, THAT GIRL HAD CARVED OUT HER VERY OWN STYLE LONG BEFORE MILEY CYRUS OR LADY GAGA DID. MARIANN ROLLS EXPERIMENTS, BREAKS THE LIMITS AND SURPRISES BY BUILDING NEW FORMS OF NORWEGIAN ID. SHE IS A SKILLED NATURAL-BORN-BORE-KILLER AND ELECTRO-POP SHARK IN THE OSLOFJORD WARM-WATERS.
LET’S DO A JUNGLE JUICE!
DT 500 MAG: – If you could think of one image to reflect how you see yourself, what would that be?
MARIANN: – One image….That´s a tough one. I look at myself as independent, kind and adventurous + very curious.
DT 500 MAG: – Where did you grow up?
MARIANN: – I grew up here and there…. Moved around a lot as a kid. But my roots are in Ulsteinvik, a small place on an island outside of Ålesund. West coast of Norway. Veryyyyy beautiful and the weather is often shitty. Haha !! Totally true!
DT 500 MAG: – Do you recall any creative big-bang while growing up?
MARIANN: – I used to be bored growing up in a small village. So to have something to do we had to start something for ourselves. I started my first band when I was 13-14 years old. I had a dream that one day I would play a gig in London, I think I was about 16 years or so… In 2002 I did. I also had a dream of touring the world. From 2003 I did. With Surferosa.
“I had a dream that one day I would play a gig in London, I think I was about 16 years or so… In 2002 I did.”
” My statement is: Life ain´t easy, it´s simple. If you believe in something, JUST-DO-IT-yourself. I think everybody should follow their dream, cause you´ll only have one ticket. Live a little for fuck´s sake.”
DT 500 MAG: – What about your styling habit?
MARIANN: – I dress the way I want. I don´t wear for anybody else but myself. True that. I´m very interested in design and art + how other people act and dress. I like exciting and groundbreaking humans. People who take risks and live an exciting life.
DT 500 MAG: – Who is your typical fan?
MARIANN: – Hmm….don´t know. Mostly girls and gays come to my show. Everybody is welcome to have a look at my “world”, though. I love my fans.
DT 500 MAG: – Punk rock girl, what is your agenda?
“My mission is to rock an roll! “
DT 500 MAG: – Are you a rebel?
MARIANN: – I call my music sci-fi pop with some rock influences. My first album HYPE is a schizo mix and twist of different styles and emotions. I work with 2 amazing producers, Tim Hawes and Obi Mhondera (Zebra 1) and they let me play around with different styles. We work really good together as team MARIANN ROSA.
DT 500 MAG: – Surferosa vs Marian?
MARIANN: – I don´t do SURFEROSA -songs. Only my new solo material. My new ME is more daring and experimental.
DT 500 MAG: – How wacko is our world?
MARIANN: – Well… the world can be cruel sometimes…..
DT 500 MAG: – Does it smell like a teen Oslo spirit?
MARIANN: – Oslo has a great vibe, and it´s growing into a stronger position! I prefer London as my perfect creative melting pot. Always something crazy happening in that city…well, still when I´m there… hehe !!
” Don´t listen to anyone else .. Just follow your heart, dream and stay HUNGRY! “
DT 500 MAG: – #RAPTURE!
Interview by Arthur Sopin
Photo by: Mariann Vik,Guro Beitohaugen