Spotlight on Marcio Novelli

Marcio Novelli describes himself as a man with many different hats, and when you learn more about him you can understand why. Not only is he an outstanding singer songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist but he does so much more. He also produces/mixes records for other musicians as well as directing music videos and documentaries. In 2014 he and Scottish web designer Ross Barber-Smith launched the video podcast ‘Bridge the Atlantic’ which features stories from people within the creative industry.

It doesn’t matter what Marcio is doing, his heart is always about creating his own music which has a pop meets rock with an acoustic twist sound. This combination was first heard on his debut EP ‘The Overture’ in 2006 under the now defunct pseudonym ‘Euporia’s Depression’ which was self produced. This was followed up with the EP ‘Break Me’ (2009) and then his debut album ‘It’s Not An Excuse, It’s A Reason’ (2012). Marcio took a step back from making his own music as he wanted to focus more on enjoying family time after the arrival of his sons. He did return in 2015 with a new album ‘Foreplay’ under his side project, Midnight Soundtrack. This has a very different feel as he created something with an electronic rock sound.

To the present and Marcio Novelli is preparing to release ‘The Reimagining: Vol. 1’ EP which is some of his older tracks rearranged and stripped down in an acoustic manner. He is also working on his follow up album, which is expected later in the year.

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.

What can we expect from this new album?

You can expect full band arrangements but with acoustic guitars throughout and a more consistent vibe and sound than on It’s Not An Excuse, It’s A Reason. And, that’s not a jab at that album. It was the culmination of so many years of diverse musical influences and it needed to represent that. I needed it to cover many different sides of myself. This new album will still represent different parts of myself but in a much more cohesive manner which, in a way, will actually be more true to me as a whole and that has just happened naturally for me.

Like you say on ‘Bridge the Atlantic’ you are a man of many hats (musician, songwriter, producer, editing videos, etc.) Which area to your music talents do you enjoy the most and why?

I enjoy being an artist which, to me, means that I create from a place of pain and use my art as therapy. Just because you create, it does not make you an artist. Just because you don’t create, it does not mean you aren’t an artist. I think it’s a state of being more than anything. My dreams have never been to be famous and wealthy, it’s always been to create and connect with others who might be feeling the same thing I’m feeling. So, to answer the question, making music is the most satisfying thing for me.

Time for a bit of fun. In 2008, NASA beamed The Beatles track ‘Across the Universe’s into space for the universe to hear. If one of your songs got this opportunity which would you choose and what would be your reason behind it?

I think I haven’t written that song yet but, if I had to choose, it would be one of the songs on my new album that I wrote for my kids. Sometimes, I fantasize about one day when I’m gone and my kids are old men listening to their dad sing about how much he loved them from the very beginning. That thought makes me both sad and happy at the same time.

From your musical journey so far, what has been your personal highlights?

The fact that there are a number of people with my words tattooed on their skin will always blow my mind. These are words that I wrote to help myself get through a difficult situation and the fact that they can mean enough to someone for them to have it on their bodies permanently, or, even just to take the time to write me about how my music has saved their life, keeps me going on the rough days.

Apart from the release of the new EP and album, what other goals to you have for your music?

I am not as goal-oriented as I probably should be but I do know that I never want to take a break from music again like I have over the last few years. I don’t regret it because I wanted to be the father I never had. In fact, I had an absolutely horrific one so I’m really hard on myself about being the best father possible to my kids. I’ve often considered quitting all things music because I thought that’s what I needed to do in order to focus entirely on them instead of always needing to split my time. However, I’m come to the realization that, if I’m not happy, I can’t be the best version of myself and music is so important to me and my well-being. Finding balance is the crucial yet difficult thing to get right. All I can say is that you will be hearing a lot of new music from me and I will be touring to places I’ve never played before. And, even though this has and always will be a balancing act with many sacrifices on both ends, my family will always be my number one priority.

During the interview you really see how much music means to Marcio and this makes what he creates that little more special. The way he connects to his lyrics with an honest emotional tone is what makes his music stand out. You can listen to all of his releases on his Bandcamp page which showcases his songwriting talents. Personally, I recommend that you check out his tracks ‘Remember Love’, ‘This song is not for you’, ‘Celebration’ and ‘Break Me’. You should also give his side project Midnight Soundtrack a listen.

I have been able to have a sneak peek of Marcio’s new EP ‘The Reimagining: Vol. 1’ and it really shows how creative of an artist he is. The way he has taken some of my favourite songs and remoulded them to somehow make them even stronger is simply amazing. I will also say that this is his strongest release to date and going off this, his upcoming album will be something special. You will have to wait until March 31st to grab a copy of ‘The Reimagining: Vol. 1’ but you can pre-order it HERE.

If you like what you have heard from Marcio Novelli and wish to support his upcoming album then take a visit over to his Pledge Music page HERE. If you want to learn more about this talented musician then visit his website at MarcioNovelli.com. You can also find him at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you should go say hello as he enjoys connecting with his fans.

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One thought on “Spotlight on Marcio Novelli

  • March 7, 2017 at 9:43 AM
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    I love what he did with the music video for “Not For You”….man…it is a good time to be a musician. I can’t imagine how awesome that was to make.

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