Meet Marr Not Meeger, the wonderful songwriter and singer who made her refreshing debut single “Yellow Car” available on all streaming platforms. Marr Not Meeger, whose name is Rowan Meagher and an Irishman but who spent his childhood in Geneva Switzerland presently lives Paris France. In her latest song ‘Yellow Car’ she addresses the challenges within relationships with brilliant lyrics among catchy tunes.
This track was recorded at Studio Montmartre in Paris, where Marr Not Meeger thanks Andreas Lecter for this marvelous job of recording and mastering the song. “The Boy in The Tree”, a seven-song EP which is scheduled for release midway through 2024, ‘Yellow Car’ serves as its lead single. With a mishmash of influences from Nina Simone to Phoebe Bridgers in tow, Marr Not Meeger has wound her way through the music scene.
At the end of her musician journey, Marr Not Meeger shares with us some words about how she finds inspiration to write. More than his music, Marr Not Meeger has a passion for swimming; likes to learn other languages apart from English and keep digging in with sports especially soccer. In case she does not choose music, Astoria would like to become a professional in some intellectually stimulating branches of astrophysics or economics.
In an industry filled with challenges, Marr Not Meeger gives profile to the issue of gender equality and aims at redefining traditional views. Having the intention of releasing her second single ‘Pizza For Breakfast’ in April, and a debut EP in September this year, Marr Not Meeger can wait for establishing contact with her audience through emotional performances alongside other joint projects.
Marr Not Meeger to her fans expresses deep gratitude with a heart-warming hug as she welcomes them on an inspiring adventure full of hit songs and life meaning.
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What is your stage name
Marr Not Meeger
Is there a story behind your stage name?
It comes from having to explain the pronunciation of my Irish surname, Meagher, to non-irish people, who always pronounce it wrong.
Where do you find inspiration?
most things, however most often it’s other works of art. Be it music, painting, or literature. I find a lot of inspiration in tv and film, as the combination of text or dialogue and visuals is a large pool to draw from.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
The earliest memories i have that tie to music are, like most little girls and boys, disney songs. My parents also had a huge cd collection, that I would regularly reorganize for fun. When I was seven, my father made me a mixtape that hugely influenced me. It opened with Sheryl Crow singing ‘sweet child o mine’ and also featured some great covers, like Eva Cassidy singing ‘Time after Time’, and the Dubliners singing ‘black velvet band’.
It also featured Joan Armatrading, Kíla, Crowded House, Sony Condell, and many others that I can’t remember. The best day of my life was when my parents bought me an ipod.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Not at all. My parents were both highly academic, and my father used to tell me that he got kicked out of music class in school for being so untalented.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Two people. The first is Lorraine Dinkel, who was my first ever singing teacher. She taught me to conquer my stage fright and learn musical improvisation. She convinced me to start writing songs. The second is Ralph Kerr, who was the director of the choir I was in in highschool. Being in that choir was really the only time I enjoyed highschool, and it’s where I started gaining confidence and where I realized I could pursue this as a career.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I started taking singing lessons, and writing in my bedroom with my grandmothers old guitar that she left me when she died.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
In 2018 I saw Rex Orange County play in Paris at Le Trabendo. That concert was incredible. I think subconsciously it made me want to move to Paris, and now that concert hall is one of my dream venues.
How could you describe your music?
I would describe it as Dad Rock for the new generation.
Describe your creative process.
I find that my best work comes out of improvisation, where i go into some sort of songwriting trance and start blurting out my feelings over some random chords until something cool happens.
What is your main inspiration?
life experiences, and works of fiction.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I love Hozier, for our shared nationality and for his incredible songwriting and guitar playing. Nina Simone’s voice. Phil Lynnot’s bass playing. Finneas’s production skills. Ella Fitzgerald’s vocal presicion.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I’m just starting out, so ask me again in five years. Though one of my goals in music is to try a bit of everything.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I think that the music industry is already way more competitive than it should be, so I try not to think of other musicians as my competitors. I would probably therefore have to say myself. I get in my own way a lot.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love to swim, dance, learn new languages, and watch football.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
When I was younger I wanted to be a spy for interpol, but then I quickly realized that if I was a badass international super spy, I wouldn’t be able to keep it to myself. As I was a competitive swimmer for 11 years, i thought about going pro for a while, but it was just too hard on my body.
I would probably be doing something intellectually challenging, like astrophysics or economics.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
So far, finding time to rehearse with the band, as we all work different jobs and are all quite busy. Also finding an audience.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
probably the double standard when
it comes to gender, and misogyny. However, I think that I would change that about every industry.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
The title of Yellowcar was the first thing I came up with in the song. I thought it was a cool image. The title of my upcoming EP ‘The Boy In The Tree’ was inspired by a photo of my friend Elliott climbing a tree, which will be the cover art.
What are your plans for the coming months?
In April I plan to release my second single ‘Pizza For Breakfast’, and my debut EP The Boy In The Tree in September. In the meantime I plan to keep building up my experience performing live.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I’ve started playing in a band, but for the moment i’m just looking to collaborate with musicians who can play on my records. I would love to do some collabs though!
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Whoever you are, thank you for listening, and I want to give you a big ol hug.