Did Stargate allow you much control over the tracks you recorded with them?
"Definitely! They're very self-aware individuals and very supportive. People like them and Dr Luke get a lot of flack, but I found them very inspiring. They insisted that they didn't want me to change my singing or writing style. They worked with me rather than against me. It was great! They're not d**kheads - I've got nothing but love for them."
So you've worked with Dr Luke too; who else?
"I can't say! I worked with four producers on this album. Liam Howe, who worked on my last album, produced 'Fear and Loathing' and a few more. That's all I'm saying!"
We heard your next single was 'Fear and Loathing' - is that right?
"No! Total lies - that song is definitely on the album, though. The new single sounds completely different to 'Radioactive' - it's very pop with the same cold feeling as 'Fear and Loathing'. Sorry, I'm really bad at this. It will all reveal itself very, very soon!"
Tell us a bit about your new alter-ego Electra Heart?
'It's not an alter-ego per se, but more a vehicle to explore identity and female archetypes. People think it's a character but it's a way to explore different personas, which I wouldn't have been able to do just as Marina.'
So Electra embodies more than one person...
'Yes, I don't even feel like she's either male or female but I had to give it a name. I've split it into four archetypes because I want to do an exhibition. I've got The Homewrecker, a section called SuBarbiea, Teen Idols and Wasted Youth, and Starlets and Pin Ups.'
Did your time in America after the first album's release inspire the idea?
'YeahI recorded most of the album in America so definitely. I'm kind of obsessed with oblivion and having a massive void inside you. America in a way symbolises that for me because you can run away from whoever you are, which I love the idea of. In order to find out who you are it's good to become someone you're not.'
How is this album different from the first?
'This one's quite a jump sonically speaking. Musically it's better but I guess we'll have too see what people think before I go slinging around praise for it. This is more of an ambitious album and has a dance feel. I've collaborated a bit with Diplo and although it's not a 'banger' album, it'll make you feel happy.'
Does the role of image make the Marina and the Diamonds a more cohesive whole?
'Very much so and I feel this time around the image has inspired the sound more. The first record i didn't think about the style and videos whereas this time I wanted a really strong image.'
How do you bring Electra Heart to life in the live shows?
'I want people to know it's me trying on different hats all the time, so it's not going to be one person for the whole campaign like a David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust alter-ego. I'm playing four different characters in one night.'
What focus? They've just gone and abandoned both Marina and Boots.alxx wrote:I want this album so bad, can't get enough of Starring Role! I'm guessing the label is gonna be putting focus on Little Boots rather than Marina after Radioactive undeservedly underperformed