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You couldn’t put Mariel Maher into a metaphorical box if you tried. Maher, AKA Seasick Mama, isn’t going to settle for just one type of sound, instrument, musical influence, collaborator, or hair color for that matter. Maher is all about experimentation and trying new things, and it’s working out pretty well so far. With no vocal training, Seasick Mama made her debut onto the scene with her electro-poppy Dead Like Money EP back in February. In November she released Tip Top Shape, an eclectic record with every genre imaginable somehow incorporated. You name it, Seasick Mama’s got it. Reggae, soul, pop, hip-hop, and even some rap thrown in for good measure. We sat down with Mariel to talk a bit about her latest album, feeling like Tom Waits, and being compared to Gwen Stefani.

You covered Tom Waits’ “Goin’ Out West.” Are you a big fan of his? Feel influenced by him?
That was the first song I ever sang in a studio. Mark said that my voice would be perfect for a Tom Waits song. It’s because I wasn’t hitting any notes. It’s like one note the whole way through. It just worked well. Because that’s the way I was feeling at the time too. I felt like Tom Waits at the time that I was singing that song. I wanna do more Tom Waits covers.

You’ve said that you chose to cover “Lost” because you feel very lost in your life right now. Do you still feel this way? Do you feel like that’s an inspirational place to be in?
With that song it was the same as the Tom Waits one where I was just feeling like that at the time. The songwriting is just so awesome and really personal. I wanted to be Frank Ocean. I do the covers because I want to be that person right now.

Read the rest of the interview, here.