1) Marina Diamandis (known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds) has synesthesia, where one sensation triggers another usually very different sensation (like tasting colors).
In her 2009 blog, she writes that she “experienced music solely through colour, texture and smell.
She also associates names, people, and days of the week with different colors. For example, she sees Monday as red and Tuesday as green.
In her blog she writes, “[I] also smell scents that I absolutely know do not exist in the room at that time but not sure if that relates [synesthesia] or something very different.”
2) For most of 2012, Marina wore a wig.
After going to a hairdresser to dye her hair platinum blonde, a large portion of her hair broke off.
“She was blowdrying my hair and said, ‘You’ve got a bit of breakage at the back’. I looked around and a lot had just snapped off at two inches. A week later I had it all cut really short.” — via digitalspy.com
Afterwards, she purchased a wig, painted the roots black to make it look realistic, and tied it up with a ribbon to create Electra Heart‘s signature look.
3) Marina is half Welsh and half Greek.
After her parents divorced when she was four-years-old and her father moved back to Greece, Marina seldom saw him. To connect with her Greek heritage, Marina moved to Athens when she was 16 to complete an International Baccalaureate. — via telegraph.co.uk
4) In Marina’s sophomore album, Electra Heart, she wanted to tell a story using a fictional character as well as create a dark bubble gum pop album.
The video “Fear and Loathing” where Marina chops off her long brown locks marks the beginning of her transformation and journey as Electric Heart, the alter ego.
“Electra Heart is the antithesis of everything that I stand for,” Marina said. “And the point of introducing her and building a whole concept around her is that she stands for the corrupt side of American ideology, and basically that’s the corruption of yourself. My worst fear – that’s anyone’s worst fear – is losing myself and becoming a vacuous person. And that happens a lot when you’re very ambitious.” — via digitalspy.com
During her journey as Electra Heart, Marina goes blonde; destroys a couch with a chainsaw; hangs her lover upside down and throws water on him; and performs in a male shower, before finally killing herself as Electra Heart in the appropriately named music video: “Electra Heart.” She does so by wiping the heart off her cheek, becoming Marina again.
5) While she wrote most of the songs on her debut, The Family Jewels, in Electra Heart she had a co-writer.
In a 2015 interview, Marina describes her experience writing Electra Heart as an intense and fascinating experience.
6) In her new album, Froot, Marina wanted to move away from the stereotypical pop star image.
“So when I was promoting [Electra Heart] I realized, OK, this is why I don’t like being a pop star because people assume you don’t know anything and you don’t make your own music,” Marina said. “I saw that change as soon as I dyed my hair blond and created music that had a different production style. It was fascinating but it made me think: ‘I’m not going to do this again.’” —theguardian.com
7) Marina’s trip to Las Vegas inspired the aesthetic behind Electric Heart.
She was surrounded by vintage clothing stores, filled with bubble gum pvc dresses, which she then bought and formed a collection.
8) Marina started four different courses at four different universities – dance, vocal tech, music & culture, and music composition – but did not complete them.
After quitting both dance and vocal tech school, Marina studied music and culture at the University of East London, completed a year, and got a first (highest mark) before transferring to a musical composition course at Middlesex University, which she left after 3 months.
“I didn’t want to be in university,” she said. “I wanted to be in the business learning everything first hand. But at the same time I wasn’t good enough in the beginning so I had to do something with my life.” – via faceculture.
9) Her song “Girls” was inspired by her journey to find a suitable record label.
Marina passed on 14 different labels before signing with Atlantic Records because most of them were trying to impose an image for her. Marina said that she often cringes when she looks back on her song “Girls”, which has the lyrics “girls they never befriend me/cause I fall asleep when they speak.”
10) Marina got her first job as a froot picker at 9-years-old.
She got fired after three days in because she went to the part of the field where the fruit was the largest and it was easier to fill her basket.
11) P.S. she has a secret talent…