Interview: Billie Maree

Billie Maree is a fairly new artist on the scene, with Whale Eyes being her debut single! It’s extremely impressive for a debut, and it should suit anyone into their folk music. I wanted to find out a little more about Billie, hence this interview. If you like what you read, make sure you check the track out too!

By Jane Howkins

You released a single titled Whale Eyes. What can you tell us about the track?

Whale Eyes was written after my dearest friend shared with me a vision she had had during a meditation. Where she watched a part of her she had been holding onto transform into light by the side of a fire. The vision took place in the womb of a whale, I felt the nature of the tale take me through a letting go. Straight after she told this story, I was hit with inspiration. I was so moved by what it represented. I said to everyone in the room I needed to leave to go write music and 15 minutes, Whale Eyes had been created.

How has the reception to the song been so far, and where can the song be purchased?

The reception has been wonderful. I have received a lot of support since the release. It can be purchased on Bandcamp (which is a great site to support independent artists) at: billiemareemusic…e-eyes

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, my next single Young Child comes out on July 7th.

Am I right in thinking you’re currently in the middle of creating your debut EP? What can you tell us about the EP and when will it be released?

It’s now in the final stages! I mostly self-recorded it during the studio residency in Cornwall and self-produced it all. I was inspired to learn how to produce so I could have more control over all the aspects of the creation. I hope to release it in the autumn.

Are there any plans to release a full-length album after the EP?

Yes, 100%!  

Your music has quite a folky vibe. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

My music taste differs from what I seem to write. Growing up my parents were avid record listeners. I was surrounded by funk, disco and pop-rock music as a kid and that sparked my creativity. I remember hearing these songs by Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell thinking, “I want to do that”. Though usually I am influenced by my inner world and the multifaceted nature of being human. Recently I have been listening to a lot of Girl Ray, Elder Island and Tender Central.

Do you have anything else exciting coming up this year?

Other than the EP release, later there will be another music video which i’m really looking forward to filming. Also i’m playing a few small festivals which feels very exciting!

You’re based in Devon. How is the local music scene faring at the moment where you are?

The music scene here in Totnes is wonderful. So many talented humans around. There is also a great support for the arts and good venues to play.

Do you have any tour dates lined up for the UK?

No solo tour is planned yet but hopefully soon!

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you for taking time to listen to my music and to music in general. It’s such an important part of life. Feeling grateful to be on this path!