Colombia continues to produce productive singers and songwriters. Such is the case with Marre, a rising music star.

In a recent conversation with Campus Circle, Marre spoke about her passion of music, how she’s grown as an artist, her debut album (Sombras de Luz), musical influences and social media.

Campus Circle: How is it that you found your passion for music?

Marre: Ever since I was little, I've lived and died by music. I used to have dance and singing shows at home. I would also play with my Barbies and pretended they were performing shows. Later, I found an old guitar at home. I didn't even know how to play, but I played it anyways. I fell in love with music. 

CC: Discuss your musical influences.

M: I'm a big fan of Shakira, Rosana (who's a Spanish singer) and Avril Lavine. When you begin to listen to so much music, it's as if your horizons open up vastly. Your ear changes as well as how you write and what you compose. 

CC: What inspires you when it comes to your songs?

M: A lot of personal life experiences: things I feel, people I like, a man who broke my heart and things I need to vent about. A lot of my material is based on very personal life experiences; that turned out to be universal – things that can happen to any woman. They are stories people can relate to.

CC: Can you talk about your song, “Me Equivoque”?

M: I think it's the most profound, the most special song in the album. In this song, I admit mistakes I've made in my life, not just about relationships...in a way, I'm apologizing to myself in this song for allowing things to happen that ended up harming me in some way and for paying attention to someone who didn't deserve it, etc. Once you can get to that point where you forgive yourself, you can then learn from those mistakes. It's a very important song and a very beautiful song. I think that through this song, people can feel the pain I felt for the mistakes I've made. I came to this conclusion while I was alone in New York and could reflect on all these mistakes.  

CC: As a little girl, which artist would you say you followed as a model?

M: Ever since I was little, I've loved Shakira. She's a warrior and very strong, very intelligent and hard-working. I'm a super fan, and I've always followed what she's done.

CC: Colombia is very well-known for producing very talented musicians. What's your take on being part of this industry in a country with such a reputation?

M: Well, for the purposes of distinguishing myself a bit from the others, I want to state that I write all of my music. Overall, I feel very proud. This is a country with tons of talented musicians. And in terms of exports, I would say the two biggest ever have been Juanes and Shakira. I say this because I constantly say to myself, 'If there are so many of us with talent in this country, why have most of us been stuck here; why haven't we grown?' Amongst Colombian musicians, I would say that there's a lot of envy and scorn. When it comes to me, I work for myself and try my best not to damage anyone along the way. I feel this is key to being successful.

CC: What's your take on social media, and how do you use it?

M: I feel nowadays it's an important tool available to stay in touch with your fans. It makes you feel more involved in what you do and your fans as well. You can keep them posted on what you'll be doing and where. It allows for the exchange of ideas and feedback from fans, and it allows me to address that feedback. It's a very basic idea, yet it's paramount to an artist. Basically, you are opening the doors to your house through social media, and people fall in love with you because of it. It's important that my fans fall in love with what I do, that they become interested in what I'll be doing next. 

CC: What brings joy to your life?

M: For me, joy is making music. When I'm making music, I feel I'm in my zone. I spend all my time composing and reading. To me, music is complete joy; it's life. I can't imagine my life without music and being able to do what I do.

CC: Aside from music, what do you like to do in your spare time?

M: I love to read and write. I write a lot; I've kept diaries since I was very little. I'm on my 25th notebook of things I've written about regarding my life, my feelings, etc. I also love poetry and spending time with my family. I'm traveling most of the time, so I try to take advantage of time I have with them. And my girlfriends as well – catching up with what's going on in their lives.

CC: What can you tell the youth out there who might want to follow in your footsteps in this industry?

M: I would say that in this career, you have to do everything with love. You can't go into this business just because you want to be rich, famous or make lots of money. Fame and fortune comes and goes. One day you can be on top of the world, and the next you can be unheard of. The most important thing for me is touching people's hearts and to make a difference in their lives. Feel free to dream, but you have to work hard and really devote dedication to what you're doing. When one works this hard, you can always succeed. It's important for everyone to realize that this career is in no way easy to pursue. I've been at it since I was 15, so I've been working non-stop for about five years. 

CC: Is this your first time in L.A.?

M: Yes.

CC: What do you think of Los Angeles?

M: So far I've loved it; I love the vibe here. Also, people have been very receptive. I've heard new music and been exposed to new ideas. So far, I've been very happy here.  

CC: What else is in your agenda for the next few months?

M: I'm debuting a video for “Me Equivoque.” I'll also be releasing the album in Colombia. We'll be touring different cities in Colombia, then we'll be going to Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Argentina. Then later Mexico and the U.S. once more.

CC: Every year, a survey is released about the happiest countries in the world. This year, Colombia came in at No. 1. Why do you think that is?

M: I believe it's because the Colombian people always strive to give the best of themselves. We've gone through so much, with the drug trafficking and the guerrilla problem...we've come to the realization that we should try to enjoy every minute of our lives. So, we try to enjoy the good things to the fullest and learn from the bad as much as we can. 

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