Laura Marling discusses celebrity, babies and rabbit hunting
Laura Marling's third album, A Creature I Don't Know, was released last month and with her 'When The Bell Tolls' tour, a tour of British cathedrals, she sits down with the Independent on Sunday to discuss how she doesn't have the title of celebrity.
Earlier this year, she was nominated alongside Cheryl Cole for Best British Female. Marling won the award but there was a time when she wouldn't have gone to the awards:
"...like anyone I can be blinded by temptation. If you'd asked me three years ago to go to the Brits I'd have said, 'Oh f**k off!'"
"If I hadn't gone, my mum would have killed me. [It was] the strangest evening. I assumed that if you were going to win you would already have been told. I took two friends and we were sat miles from the stage. We were on a table with lots of people in suits feeling ridiculously out of place. It felt like an out-of-town office party. And then they bloody well called out my name."
This life of celebrity is a far cry from what Marling was like as a teenager, where she claims that she was "extremely withdrawn" and a "recluse".
She says that she still likes to get away from it all and trips outside of London for a change of scene. One trip to a friend's farm saw the folk singer go hunting rabbits:
"At the end of my stay I took two back to London with me on the bus. I skinned, gutted and filleted them, made them into a pie and ate them. Living off the land like that, albeit for a short time, felt right. The luxury of being able to pass one's later years like that would be phenomenal."
The 21-year-old singer, who has sang with Mumford and Sons and Noah and the Whale, has said that while she is focusing on her music for now, it is all a prelude to bigger things.
The cellist in her band recently had a baby and the two musicians discussed parenthood:
"She told me that though she loved what she was doing she was basically just passing time until she could have children. It was the first time I'd heard someone of my generation say explicitly, 'I'm a woman, and I want to be a mother.' And in some ways, I'm just passing time until I can have children. I love music and I will make music always, but this lifestyle is already getting to me."
Check out this video interview with Laura Marling by Face Culture and her live performance of 'Salinas' for BBC 6:
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