The musician talks Game of Thrones, John Bonham, and The Jungle Book.

Marika Hackman was born in Hampshire in 1992. She started playing the drums aged ten and guitar aged 12, and released her debut album, “We Slept at Last”, in 2015. She has toured with artists including alt-J, Laura Marling and the 1975.

What’s your earliest memory?

I must have been younger than four; I remember waking up in bed and I was absolutely terrified. I have no idea why. It was that weird pre-dawn light and I think I had a fear of the dark from that point on.

Who are your heroes?

I was obsessed with John Bonham when I was about ten and learning the drums. I asked my drum teacher to show me all the Led Zeppelin drum parts every lesson. As an adult, I’ll stick with the drum theme and say Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint.

What book last changed your thinking?

Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker changed my creative outlook massively with regards to how I write lyrics. The directness of her sense of shame about sexual issues was particularly inspiring for my latest record.

Which political figure do you look up to?

I’m feeling pretty disenfranchised with political figures at the moment. But there are a lot of inspirational women coming to the fore, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jacinda Ardern. I’m looking forward to seeing how they shape the future of politics.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

Game of Thrones. As nerdy as it sounds, it’s been a big part of my life.

In which time and place, other than your own, would you like to live?

I would have liked to have been a teenager around the time I was a baby – but I might have a rose-tinted view, from the way my parents describe …read more

Source:: New Statesman


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