Don’t Stop, Mardi Wilson

After kicking off her massive East Coast ‘Don’t Stop’ tour in October, singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumental alternative folk artist Mardi Wilson makes her way to the Gold Coast for a show at Miami Marketta on 6 December.

The tour is celebrating the release of the single of the same name, a song which Mardi insists is more a reflection on modern society than it is an attempt to dictate terms.

“When I was writing the album I was more wanting to tell a story of my experiences with parties and being in an awkward or scary situation,” she said. “I feel like everyone has been there once or twice. I didn’t want to have a suggestion or vibe to the song that was telling people what to do, it was more intended to be an observational song and let people draw their own conclusions. I know the party culture is a huge thing and it’s all fun and games until it’s not, so I didn’t want to push any agenda.”

Stepping outside of her comfort zone by making more of an upbeat rock song rather than her favoured acoustic music, ‘Don’t Stop’ features an array of experimental sound effects designed to enhance the overall feel of the song.

“When Brad Hosking (producer) and I were recording the song I said it would be cool to have some different sound effects,” she recalled, “and he was saying to me be careful that you don’t overdo it.

“We recorded a whole bunch of different things because I felt like the song had so much opportunity for material relevance in terms of using sounds that are related to the topic – like the bottle caps and sirens.

“The use of the sirens is actually a funny story because I was listening to the initial mix of the song when I was driving and I heard this siren and I thought that sounds cool but I didn’t realise we had put it in the mix and then I realised it was actually on the road (laughs), and that’s where the idea came from.”

Mardi has released two singles from her as yet untitled upcoming album, with ‘Astronaut’ coming out earlier this year. Both songs are a step in a different direction to what fans would normally expect and she makes no apologies for shifting her focus slightly.

“For the first two songs I wanted to do something different to my usual acoustic guitar, very chilled songs,” she said.

“There will be a few more pared-back acoustic songs on there but also some more experimental songs like ‘Don’t Stop’. It’s a real mixed bag of music and I didn’t want to stick to a particular theme. I wanted to create a whole bunch of songs and make the production fit each song and I think it’s going to result in a lot of different sounds but hopefully in a good way.”

Catch Mardi Wilson when she hits the stage at Miami Marketta on 6 December.

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