Artists name/Band: Cazna Marie
Music Genre : Pop
Other Genres: Folk/Contemporary/pop
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Cazna Marie is a musician from Australia. The origin of her first name, Cazna, is Anzac spelled backwards as she was born on Anzac Day.
She is a folk singer/song writer and vocalist whose songs are inspired by nature. Catalysts for her song writing are social issues of human, animal and environmental rights. The great folk singers of the sixties have also been a phenomenal influence upon her musical artistry. Love songs are also close to her song writing spirit.
Her mother who was also a musician taught her the guitar and mentored her with voice production as a child.
Cazna Marie began composing songs in her teens and as she describes ~ quote “Composing a song to me is like a photograph as it captures that moment in music and poetry.”
She lived her young life in Papua New Guinea before returning to Australia surrounded by the mysteries of a tropical paradise and the tribal music of a people who live close to the earth. That spirit is eternally carried into her songs.
She is at present composing and she will continue to do so for the rest of her life. She loves the natural world. She believes in loving the earth and its creatures and is against animal cruelty with a belief that we should radiate love from within to the outside world.
Her musical journey has been a life of singing in cafes, busking, singing in folk groups and performing light opera in Gilbert and Sullivan productions.
She has performed in yacht clubs in Papua New Guinea. In that country she gave a concert of traditional folk songs at a high school. This was important to the young women as being a female musician was unheard of in the culture at the time.
Cazna Marie studied singing with Conservatorium teachers at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has studied classical guitar and other guitar styles.
She studied Classical guitar under a student of Andres Segovia.
In her own words “Music for me is an extension of Heaven itself. To be able to create songs from this divine inspiration is one of the most beautiful experiences that one can have in this life. Music is her life.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Folk crossover into contemporary and pop. Ethereal/harmonic/modern.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My first name Cazna is Anzac spelled backwards as I was born on Anzac Day.(Australia.) My mother thought it would be a good stage name.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
The music of the sixties. All the great folk singers and nature as it is filled with melodies.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am working on songs for human rights. I am a solo artist but I have had offers on ReverbNation to collaborate with other artists. I am open to collaboration.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
To reach as many people as possible with my music. I find that social media is a good platform for exposure so I will be continuing using social media tools to spread my music across the world.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Summertime as it is a beautiful melody and it touches my soul. It is a lullaby and it seems to touch an audience. I feel like it soothes the souls of listeners. It can also be arranged to be sung across different musical genres. It is Jazz, it is classical and it is pop with the right tempo and instrument backing. It might even be country. Mostly it is timeless.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
To find an image for my style that is me. Over time I have realised it was never a battle because I have stayed true to who I am. My music reflects who I am in life and therefore I remain true to my own originality. That is what emanates from inside me where my songs are born.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I first tap into inspiration which can be life events, that are mine or world events that move me. Interactions with nature are inspirational. I then find the chords to reflect the emotion. The lyrics usually tumble from my soul spontaneously. I write both the melody and lyrics at the same time. I usually have a template that I work to ~ verse/verse/chorus/middle 8
break/verse/chorus. I mostly write the lyrics as rhyme that have rhythm which leads the melody in a dance until the song is in natural balance. I have written songs in free verse.I rarely re write lyrics as the moments and feelings are unique to that song. I capture the song and then it’s done like catching a sunbeam in a bottle.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
When my songs are well received on Social media I find it a humbling experience. The momentum does help me to create more songs.I just write more and upload more songs both originals and covers.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Tom Watts ~ “A rider to Eastland.” Dinner Music for the Gods ~’Moon Over Red Rock.” Acoustic Muse ~ “Tuncurry Mill.”
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I studied music theory, singing and classical guitar and had odd jobs during that time.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
To stay true to their musical talent. Keep up the creativity but also have knowledge of the music business. Always have another trade in case the music fails. To build inner strength as far as their talent is concerned and to never lose faith in their musical abilities regardless of the ups and downs of success.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
To observe the talent of all age groups and not just young musicians according to pre determined demographic prototypes. Goldmines could be buried in the talent of older artists. Some artists may bloom later in life due to unforeseen circumstances and they may be phenomenally gifted enough to reach all age groups and be saleable.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is a must in order to not be carbon copies of other artists. It also opens the door to new musical pathways and genres that may be unimaginable in the present time.Originality is the catalyst for new kinds of music and music should always evolve.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I have my own music studio with Logic Pro x. I am learning how to use the software. I have good microphones. Most of the recordings I have done have been with other studios over time.