Marika Louise Hackman (born 1992) is an English vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.
She was born in Hampshire. and has lived in Devon, Brighton and London. She is of Finnish descent.
Hackman went to Bedales School where she met and befriended model Cara Delevingne. Together they formed a short-lived band where Hackman played drums and Delevingne played guitar and sang.
Johnny Flynn also studied at the same school and knew and appreciated Hackman's music. He was instrumental in getting her first record deal with Transgressive and produced her debut single.
As a teenager she was a model for Burberry. In 2012, she was chosen as one of the new faces for their Spring/Summer eye wear campaign. Two of her songs, "You Come Down" and "Here I Lie", were used in promotional material for the brand.
In 2013, she toured Australia and Europe as an opening act for Laura Marling.
Hackman began recording her full-length debut album in 2014 with producer, Charlie Andrew. The album was originally slated for release sometime in late 2014. In October 2014, the album was announced under the title "We Slept At Last", for release in February 2015.
In 2014, Hackman also appeared as a featured vocalist on alt-J's "Warm Foothills" from their second album, "This Is All Yours".
Musical style and influences:
Her style is often described as "English Folk" (in the Nu-Folk or Indie-Folk sense), but with a twist: "folk-ish", "brooding folk" "infusing traditionally winding melodies with leftfield production and a subtly accented vocal". Hackman herself comments on this type of description by explaining
"I was a fan of the nu-folk scene when I was younger, but I'm trying to take it somewhere different - I'm drawn to the darker, melancholic side of things."
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