Ever since she began performing as Mree in high school, Marie Hsiao, 20, has commanded attention on all fronts.
A current junior at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music studying songwriting, performance and production, Mree’s self-written, self-produced, and self-released sounds are at once unassuming and magnetic. Polished harmonies and fluid soundscapes with eclectic instrumentals balance raw, confessional lyrics to create a unique indie-folk-pop experience. But Mree’s greatest asset may well be her disarmingly clear voice, which many call ‘angelic.’ Her work has captured the attention of over 30,000 people on Facebook, not to mention Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. NYU Local sits down with the budding singer-songwriter to discuss how she got this far and what her plans are for the future.
NYU Local: First thing’s first–how did you start singing and songwriting?
Mree: I began playing the piano when I was around five years old. I had a wonderful teacher who taught me how to play by ear. When I took up singing as a hobby soon after starting with the piano, I started to compose my own tunes and lyrics. I tried my hand at a couple of other things, too: gymnastics, basketball…but it was music I really stuck with. My first big step was uploading covers to YouTube. When I got positive feedback, I decided that I could really see myself writing my own music full time and performing. I started experimenting in my sophomore year of high school with recording and creating layers of sound with editing software, and I loved it. Read more…