Marika Louise Hackman (born 17 February 1992) is an English vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.
Hackman was born in Hampshire, England and raised in Selborne and Devon. She is of Finnish descent. Her parents met during their work as animators and Hackman watched little television as a child. She and her older brother were instead encouraged to find other creative outlets. Hackman is a self-taught guitarist and began learning when she was 12. She started writing songs at 5. Her brother is a dance music producer who releases material under the name, "Hackman". She attended Bedales School, from ages 11 to 17, where she met and befriended model Cara Delevingne. Together, they formed a short-lived band, performing cover songs, where Hackman played drums and Delevingne played guitar and sang.
At 18, she moved to Brighton, England, where she studied art foundation and planned on earning a degree in fine arts, but instead chose to pursue music full-time. She currently resides in London.
Early career (2012-2013):
English folk singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn attended school with Hackman and was instrumental in getting her first record deal with Transgressive; he produced her debut single, "You Come Down" in 2012. As a teenager, Hackman was a model for Burberry. Later, Cara Delevingne showed a video of Hackman performing to Burberry's Creative Chief Officer and Hackman received a phone call requesting her participation in an upcoming ad campaign. 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.
Hackman's first release was an EP of covers, which was available for digital download in January 2013. One month later, she released her first mini-album, "That Iron Taste", featuring songs of her own composition. The album was released on February 25, 2013 in physical and digital download.The album is produced by Alt-J's Charlie Andrew. In 2013, she toured Australia and Europe as an opening act for Laura Marling to support the release of "That Iron Taste". The music video for her song, "Cannibal", was filmed at Bedales School in March 2013. She later released two more EPs: "Sugar Blind" on December 9, 2013 and "Deaf Heat" on April 4, 2014 via iTunes. Both EPs contain songs written by Hackman as well as one cover song. All of Hackman's EPs are available for free streaming on her official website.
Debut album: "We Slept at Last" (2014 to present):
Hackman began recording her full-length debut album in 2014 with producer, Charlie Andrew. She debuted new material from the album, including the songs, "Skin" and "Ophelia" while on tour in 2013 with Laura Marling. In late September 2014, the album's title was announced as "We Slept At Last" and it will be released on February 16, 2015. The album features 12 new songs written by Hackman and will not feature any material from her previous EPs. Hackman embarked on a headlining solo tour throughout the UK in support of the album in November 2014.The album's lead single, "Drown", premiered in mid-October and was officially released on December 8, 2014. On November 17, 2014, "Drown" was announced as a shortlisted contender for DJ Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record of 2014" on BBC Radio 1.It ranked #89 out of 100 songs. She also appeared as a featured vocalist on alt-J's song, "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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