Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Ingmar Kiemeneij is my full name, The Netherlands, 03-05-87. Born on a house boat in the canals of Amsterdam, raised in an artistic musical family. Music was always played. Radio or live.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I started taking music more serious in 2009/2010. I released my first EP with Full Crate and Mar in 2010, after that lot of singles and couple EP’s solo and duo projects with Full Crate. I toured couple of cities in the USA in 2011 and released my first solo EP “Seeing Her Naked” in 2012,

I was signed to Universal, Island in UK in 2014 and released my 2nd EP “Form” in 2014, 3rd EP “When We Meet” in 2015 and now just released my new EP “Things Will Be”. My band name is Mar, taken from Ingmar. I thought short artists’ names were nice at the time.

My father was a musician; he played guitar, flute and bass, and had many musicians. I started drumming when I was young, playing with my father and sis (vocals), I played drums in my father’s band when I was young and also played in cafes.

He taught me how to play guitar and bass, and singing. I kind of figured out listening to my sis and father and harmonizing with them at home. Listening a lot to D’angelo, Erykah Badu, Glenn Lewis, Musiq Soulchild etc.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I believe I would fall under the category of alternative, electronic and r&b. Trying to push away from the cliche of pop rnb but still have that soulful sound.  The music I make is more atmospheric, cinematic too.

The concept of the EP is about rebirth, loss, searching and godlike creatures. Trying to find a better place for my state of mind.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I like to play instruments. I used to learn them while playing. I’m not musically schooled. I never went to any conservatory to learn music.

I don’t think there’s been any downside. Downside would mean not growing. I think I’ve walked different paths and tried different genres to find the current sound.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The last EP “Things Will Be” was co- produced by Aston Rudi. My crew consists of art directors, directors and musicians. I wrote, produced and played most of the instruments.

The first video from the project was self-directed and produced. The video is called ‘Place’.

The last video that I released titled  ‘Spaceship’ was directed by Robbert Doelwijt Jr. “Spaceship” was recorded in 3 pieces. I created the intro with art director and musician Tobi Balogun. I brought it to Aston Rudi and created the end. The middle part remained a question mark for a while until we figured out a way to combine the different themes.

The video for “Spaceship” was shot in a big white camera studio. We hang up and put down lots of plastic and metallic papers to create abstract scenery.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been releasing music since 2010 and I have done lots of live shows, writing, recording etc. But I feel I’ve finally found something worth pursuing further with this new project ‘Things Will Be’.

My future goal is to make my debut album with the mindset (hardworking, focused, positive and more clarity) I currently posses.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

My life inspires me to write things I see and hear. Frustration, pain and love.

My love for finding something new I like. A new sound made from the boiling kettle combined with a harmonic from the bass.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Either making something very simple everybody understands or to be as honest as you can be. But to be honest I don’t think there is a secret. If someone would know we would all know the trick. So many people try to make what the radio is playing but never get played.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Don’t be afraid.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Learn skills from other artists and musicians. Make music like there’s nothing else on earth. When you notice you are insecure face it. Push yourself towards that fear and make sure you come out stronger.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

BBC1xtra Jamz Supernova, 3Fm Angelique Houtveen, Notion Mag, Clash Mag, The 405 🙂

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I often start with just a sound. Couple chords follow. Then hum some lyrics and the rest follows from that. But sometimes it can be lyrics and melody first. Then drums or rain fall.

Not really one specific way to approach a writing session. I write continuously in my head. I write down ideas for songs and videos on my phone to pick them up for a later moment.

I like to sing and write in the dark.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Massive Attack, Bjork, Prince, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Blonde, Full Crate, Eric Roberson, Szjerdene, Aston Rudi, Snakehips, Jarreau Vandal.

I’d like to work with Bjork, James Blake, Blood Orange to name a few.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

http://bit.ly/MarSpotifyFollow

http://facebook.com/marmusic

http://instagram.com/marmusic

http://twitter.com/marmusic

http://soundcloud.com/marmusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

http://hyperurl.co/sg111g

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happy: make love, make music, eat well, learn well, work out, smoke some weed in a natural place and make music again.

Sad: stay inside feeling anxious about what to do all day.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Build the sickest studio/live spot/work spot and never work on or for stupid things ever again.

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