Aidin Vaziri | With her love of Britney and Madonna rivaled only by her devotion to all things theatrical, Marina Lambrini Diamandis makes for a pop star with a twist. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old Welsh-Greek singer’s first album, “The Family Jewels,” released under the name Marina and the Diamonds, crashed the British Top 10, making her one of the year’s breakout acts. Now she is hoping triumphal songs like “I Am Not a Robot” and “Hollywood” have the same impact here.
Marina and the Diamonds
Q: What were the main lessons you learned from the Madonna biographies you read growing up?
A: How did you know I read them?
Q: Everybody knows you read them.
A: I’m so ashamed. I think the main thing I learned is I didn’t feel so alone. I tried so many different routes that didn’t work. One of the indications for me was I was doing it for the right reasons. I wanted to be an artist.
Q: Is that why you auditioned in drag for a boy band?
A: Listen, I was desperate. I had nothing to lose. I was only 19 at the time. I couldn’t sing. But it got me a meeting with a record label. It took me four more years to get a meeting with a record label again.