Morrigan Raine is a musician / singer songwriter and audio engineer based in Muswellbrook, Hunter Valley, NSW. She writes and produces her own music and describes her music as multi-genre. Morrigan has a rich cultural background, having been born in Europe and raised in the Middle East, which is often reflected in her music.
Morrigan has written two songs for Arts Upper Hunter’s Summer Dance Craze Competition which will be launched next month. She has also released multiple singles over the last few years.
What do you enjoy most about being a musician? What do you dislike most?
There are many things I enjoy about being a musician. The most important one is the ability to express the deepest emotions when the words fail. Often, when we go through life and face challenges we can get overwhelmed and not communicate effectively. Music has allowed me to express my deepest fears, anxiety and heartbreak, and help me process these events while reaching out to people who have gone through similar experiences, and connecting with them on a whole other level. I think connection with other people is what makes it so rewarding and satisfying. Knowing that your music may have touched someone else’s life in a profound way creates this deep connection that all of us crave.
Another aspect I enjoy about being a musician is the freedom of creativity and not subscribing to a particular genre. I can create what I want, how I want without having to put myself in a category or a label.
The thing I dislike about being a musician is having to put myself in a category Let me explain – when you don’t have a particular style or genre it makes it extremely hard to market the music, since every platform requires the music to be categorised. This complicates matters when releasing singles or albums to online stores, because I noticed that sometimes the algorithm places my music in irrelevant genre categories.
How long have you been creating?
I remember when I was about 6 years old I entered a composition competition and won 1st place. That experience was both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. I didn’t create anything since until the end of 2017 when I was going through a very tough time and the only way to get through that was to write music. I started with very timid piano sounds and quickly enough progressed into full songs and orchestral pieces.
How have you developed your skills?
All my life I was trained as a classical pianist. When I graduated from Music School I decided I’ve had enough of classical music and stopped playing piano altogether. In 2018 I enrolled into a Sound Production course at TAFE NSW Newcastle campus. Turns out, there is an amazing studio there, which was not a well known fact! Becoming an audio engineer has been a dream of mine since I was about 15 years old. Finally I was able to turn that dream into reality.
In addition to studying at TAFE, I spend a lot of time learning individually. This includes not only writing music and producing, but also any other aspect of running an independent business.
Why do you do it?
Honestly? I don’t think I have a choice! My brain refuses to compromise and NOT do music. I have been avoiding music for many years due to pride and stubbornness and I have hit a point in my life when I realised that it’s not a very smart thing to do. Music brings me the kind of happiness that can only come from doing something that your soul truly craves. When I write, produce or am involved in anything music related, time stops and nothing else exists. It gives me the feeling of fulfilment and peace. Music is a universal language and there is no better way to connect with others than through musical expression.
Please explain your creative process?
It varies from one song / track to another. Sometimes I become overwhelmed with desire to create. When that happens I become a bit annoying to my family, as I spend all my time just doing that. Ideas often come to me very late at night, which results in very poor sleep. I then have to get up and write lyrics or music until I feel like I can sleep again. Sometimes it comes to me while driving or doing something else mundane, or in the middle of a conversation, which makes it hard to focus! I have countless notes with lyrics, and voice memos of musical ideas on my phone.
I’m not very good at writing lyrics so that takes me longer and I often agonise over words. However, my music almost always starts as an improvisation. I don’t take time to actually plan structure or chord progression; I just let it happen naturally.
Sometimes I hit a rough patch and I’m completely uninspired. When that happens, I still make sure to turn my computer and keyboard on and try to create something, learn techniques or create new sounds from scratch which inevitably inspire me to write something new.
I had to learn, that in order to be create one doesn’t necessarily have to wait to be inspired. It takes practice and persistence.
What are you plans for the next 12 months?
At the end of this year (2019) I will complete my Advanced Diploma of Sound Production at TAFE NSW. I don’t have an exact plan of what will happen next but I would like to do as much as I can in the music industry. I will definitely continue to write, produce and release new music but I would also love to be involved in community projects, studio work, live audio and anything else to do with music.
I would like to start offering mixing services – where clients send me their demo and I create mixes for them. I would also like to compose music for films and TV. Most importantly, I want to make sure I have enough time to be creative.
On a more personal note, I plan to spend a lot of time learning other instruments. I’m currently trying to learn to play guitar, flute, tin whistle and any other instruments I can get my hands on.
I’m also open to collaborations! If there are any local artists who would like to discuss this, please feel free to contact me!
My website is http://symphonicdirtrecords.wixsite.com/morriganraine
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m also very active on social media:
Image and interview text is courtesy of Morrigan Raine.