Marcio recently told some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Appetizer Radio and opens the doors to his world. He talks about becoming a musician, songwriting and much more, this is what he had to share with us:
What was it that inspired you to become a musician and who helped to shape your sound?
I’ve been singing since before I could speak, really; I didn’t speak for the first few years of my life. Music was something I always found refuge in, even as a toddler. At a very early age, I was exposed to many different styles of music thanks to my mother, aunts, uncles and sister.
Some of my earliest exposure to music that still remains in my memory would be The Cure, Simon & Garfunkle, Alphaville, Elvis Presley, Yaz, and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Yes, I was an eighties kid… Born in the dead middle of it, to be exact. My mother was a huge fan of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston so I was exposed to those masterful singers as well.
My first instrument I ever learned was piano at around five years old but I was a terrible student… I’d rather improvise than play what the teacher wanted me to play. I discovered rock music before the age of ten with bands such as Nirvana, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, Goo Goo Dolls, Our Lady Peace, and Marilyn Manson. This music impacted me so deeply that I used to sneak into the basement where my uncle lived with us and I’d strum the guitar because I wanted to learn it so badly. He taught me the basics and I learned the rest myself. I begged my mother to buy me a guitar so she got her siblings to pool together and surprise me for my thirteenth birthday. I began writing songs immediately.
My high school days saw me discovering bands such as AFI, The Used, My Chemical Romance, The Early November, Evanescence, Dashboard Confessional, Alexisonfire, Incubus, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Korn, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Motion City Soundtrack, Tegan & Sara, Thursday, Thrice, Slipknot, and Finch. Fast forward several years and I’ve either opened for, performed with, or, interviewed a number of these artists on my web-show & podcast, Bridge The Atlantic, which I never in my wildest teenage dreams would have imagined happening as a teenager. It’s a true lesson in how we really don’t know what the future holds for us.
I’m still a fan of many of the bands mentioned, especially the ones from my high school days but there’s too many new artists that I love to even begin to name and I’ve already gone on too long but my inspirations are vast and varied and always have been.
You have released a lot of songs of a high calibre, what is your secret when writing music?
Thank you kindly for that. I used to write a lot when I started, now I write a lot less. Some “experts” claim if you don’t use it, you lose it. In other words, you should always be writing if you want to be any good at it. I take the position that, for me, that’s a load of garbage. Songwriting for me has always been a therapeutic outlet and form of expression. I don’t look at it like a discipline and, if I did, I’d probably stop. I’ve always looked at it as a crucial art form and means to express complex thoughts and emotions that live inside of me. I truly believe I would not be here right now if it weren’t for the music I listened to growing up and my own songwriting that I began to develop as a pre-teen. I was the target of bullying at school and my home life was broken. This is what kept me from going completely insane, seriously. So, to answer your question, I don’t have a secret but I would say that it is one hundred percent essential for me to write from an honest, vulnerable place if I want to release any of the burning fire inside of me and hope to connect with anyone at all in hopes to help them through a similar experience.
From these songs, do you have any personal favourites? If so, which ones and why
There are definitely songs that stand out to me, especially those that still mean something to me years after I’ve written them. I’d prefer not to disclose them though because I don’t want to place any above the other and I wouldn’t want to take anything away from a song that really means something to someone else. I will say that some of my favourite songs I’ve ever written will appear on my upcoming new full-length album.
Your upcoming EP ‘The Reimagining: Vol. 1’ are older songs with a new take on them. What were the challenges you had to overcome to achieve the goal for this release?I actually found it quite liberating to strip my songs down to how they were originally written then lift them back up but much gentler than on my previous releases. My songwriting is always really cathartic for me but, on this EP, I felt I could really let the songs speak for themselves without my words being hidden behind blazing guitars and pounding drums that often juxtapose the pain and sorrow I express in my lyrics. That’s one of the main reasons that I chose the songs that I did for this EP – songs that were only previously available with full band arrangements can now be listened to in its raw state.
You are currently working on your second full length album. What lessons have you learned from previous releases which is helping you to shape this new project?
To say that I’m taking my time with the new album is a true understatement. I recorded my debut full-length in two weeks back in 2011. This time around, I had my main recording session in March 2016 and, after much time away from it, I’ll be finishing it this Spring. There are many reasons I took a break from the album and not a single one of them is because I don’t love it. There are some songs on the new album that are so heavy emotionally that I needed to take a breather from it but that’s all the more reason why I can’t wait to finish it and put it out into the Universe. The time away has allowed me to finish The Reimagining, Vol. 1, which I would have regretted not completing if I hadn’t pulled it off the back-burner before returning to the new album.