Sunday Spotlight: Mairiba


1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Hi! My name is Liam Clark (AKA: Mairiba) and I’m based in East Lothian, Scotland; not too far from Edinburgh. I’ve been playing music for over 10 years and most recently, I graduated from the Academy of Music and Sound’s Edinburgh branch in 2016 with a BA (hons) in Performance Industries. Ever since, I’ve been working on my chops as an arranger / composer.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

I primarily create arrangements of video game music as well as composing original music. Both of which vary from style to style but I’m more rooted in the rock/band format.

When arranging a cover, I tend to do a bit of homework on the game and when said piece of music plays as my main philosophy on arranging is to recreate the music in a different light, to do something different with it and still honour the music for what it is.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

Music was something that I had taken an interest in since primary school through playing the recorder (awesome instrument! I have two of them!). What I think made that interest remain was in high school when I enjoyed music class and I eventually bought my first guitar. I asked my teacher for some sheet music and the rest is history.

What made me want to start making music was through listening to bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and a lot of the bands that mostly came from the Madchester scene in the 80s/90s. They inspired me to start writing songs and, in turn, start a few bands. And as much as I like to keep myself versatile, I think that sort of influence shows up one way or another in my music nowadays.

4. Stage or studio?

Everything is pretty much done in my bedroom studio. The closest thing that I have to a stage is the social media platforms which I share my music on.

I can’t rule out starting a VGM cover band though. That would be cool!

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

Cakewalk’s SONAR is my choice of DAW and I’ve been using a Samson G Track as my interface/ microphone. I’m upgrading to a Focusrite Scarlett which I’m looking forward to.

I use a lot of hardware when recording my tracks, such as using my Vox VT30 to record my guitars and my Yamaha Reface DX plus Korg Volca Keys synth for electronic purposes.

As far as soft synths go, I like to use Sonivox’s film score companion for all of my orchestral needs and the only other thing would be Retromine, a freeware CR78 based drum machine. That little thing is beautiful!

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

I would have to stick with the Samson G Track. It’s an awesome piece of kit that’s great for anyone who is interested in getting into music production. It’s one of those cases where you can do a lot of cool recording tricks (like double tracking or using the mic to record the strings on the electric guitar while the amp is connected to the interface’s line in) with entry level hardware.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

The most recent project that I did was create a tribute album to the 1996 fighting game, Tekken 2 which I managed to get licensed and is available digitally here.

All of the covers that I’ve worked on so far can be found on my YouTube page and original compositions are on my Soundcloud.


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