We are delighted to present you to the exciting singer and songwriter Marigold Ingot from Philadelphia, US. The artist released her first EP ‘Blame Game’ back in December after releasing the title track ‘Blame Game’ earlier in 2020. With influences from ‘The Black Keys’, ‘Lorde’ and ‘Janis Joplin’ Ingot has got something really interesting going on and isn’t afraid to indulge us with her creative expression. Ingot is also a fierce advocate for gender rights and equality which is conveyed in her songwriting that can be equally raw and sassy. Intrigued to get to know her better we had a chat and here’s what we learned. 

YMX: Hey Marigold Ingot, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?

MARIGOLD INGOT: Things are pretty crazy! I think like for most people, this time has been incredibly difficult for me in a lot of ways, and I’m certainly hoping it will be safer soon. However, I feel very lucky that it’s also allowed me a chance to sit down and truly focus on my music – something I don’t think I would have been able to do without that early extended lockdown. If you’d have told me a year ago that I’d have released an EP by now, I would have said you were crazy.

YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?

MARIGOLD INGOT: I’ve always loved singing, and wrote my first song around the age of 9. It was a cheesy Christmas song, but a whole song nonetheless! While my journey to actually pursuing music instead of just dreaming about it has been a long and winding road, I think I first knew I loved singing and songwriting around age 11, when I performed an original song at a school talent show and people actually liked it! It really is those small things you never forget.

YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:

MARIGOLD INGOT: There are so many, it’s hard to choose! But I’ll give it a shot: First would have to be the band Halestorm. Although stylistically I’m quite different from them, I absolutely adore their lead singer, Lzzy Hale, and listen to their albums on repeat. Her sassy lyrics and big hooks definitely inspire me. Second is Lorde. I’ve always been so fascinated with her production – all those cool, synth-y sounds and rolling bass lines, coupled with her poetic lyrics and storytelling ability. And I love her dark vibe! I’m also inspired by classic blues and jazz artists – everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to “blue-eyed soul” musicians like guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. I grew up listening to jazz and blues with my dad, and it’s really stuck with me. There’s something about the soul and emotion in the songs and the way jazz musicians play their instruments that just hits me right in the heart. I think my secret dream is to be a jazz singer in a speakeasy!

YMX: You recently released EP ‘Blame Game’. Can you tell us how that project came about? 

MARIGOLD INGOT: Going into 2020 I had no plans to record even one song, let alone an EP! But once covid-19 hit and it was clear that I wasn’t going to be playing live any time soon, I decided to dive right in. Blame Game is a collection of four songs I’ve written at various points in my life about different thoughts or experiences. I think stylistically they’re all very different from each other, but I had a great time weaving them all together to tell a piece of my story. And my amazing producer, Marcus Thompson, from the Online Recording Studio, was able to work with me to develop all of these tracks from rudimentary piano (the only instrument I even sort of play) into the complex songs they are now. Our relationship on these tracks was very collaborative, and I really felt he was willing and able to listen to my vision for each one. I’m so proud of this EP, and still blown away that it’s actually out in the world! It’s all very surreal.

YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?

MARIGOLD INGOT: So this was actually the first time I’d ever recorded or worked with a producer, so I have nothing to compare it to! I really enjoyed the remote recording process, as it gave me so much flexibility. In fact, I’d say the pandemic is one of the things that really pushed me toward recording music in the first place. I’d always assumed I would get there eventually, but not being able to play out live shows meant I had to sort of dive feet first into recording in order to get my music out there in other ways. And I’m pretty thrilled with the result!

YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing? 

MARIGOLD INGOT: It’s definitely something I would consider doing! I haven’t done too many livestreams on my own Instagram or Facebook, but am always looking for new ways to perform and share my music with people. And since live shows look like they may be on hold for a bit longer, I’m open to almost anything!

YMX: Since the pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers? 

MARIGOLD INGOT: Since I started releasing music after the pandemic began, all I’ve done is online promotion so far actually! I’ve found it to be absolutely essential. If I wasn’t on social media or trying to promote my songs and EP through playlists and publications, I would still be singing and playing the piano for no one, at home in my room. As for strategies, I would say don’t be afraid to just go for it. It’s okay if you aren’t a concert pianist or a professional guitarist, or if you haven’t written an original song before! You can’t pursue a music career if you don’t share any music, so even if you don’t think your video is “perfect,” or you only know a handful of covers, something is better than nothing. Trust me, things like video and audio production quality, and even instrumental skills, come with time and practice. As does confidence! And even if you think your tracks aren’t “the best,” submit them to playlists and blogs anyway. I once read in a book: If you don’t believe in your work, how is anyone else supposed to?

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? 

MARIGOLD INGOT: I’m looking forward to releasing more original music in 2021! It’s a new year, and with that comes new tracks, including maybe even another EP. Of course, as soon as gigs are a reality again I’m excited to start playing out, but until then, I’m looking forward to getting back into the (online) studio and sharing more music with the world!