Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Marcio Novelli Q&A

Your name: 
Marcio Novelli.

Where are you from? 
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

How would you describe yourself? 
I'm really not a fan of labels because of their narrowness but I'm also aware that most people need things to be categorized in order for it to make sense to them. In that regard, I would very loosely refer to the music I make as alternative pop rock. Having said that, I like to remain limitless in my songwriting and try to keep myself out of any creative boxes.

Who are your main influences musically? 
It's always very difficult for me to name any few bands particularly because my influences are truly an amalgamation of such diverse and eclectic artists that have helped to shape me as an artist over the course of my entire life. I tend to be inspired most by experiences in my life and the therapeutic need to find a release to express myself.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I hope to be able to make and share my art until the day I die. If I'm lucky, it will live longer than I will.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Making my debut album It's Not An Excuse, It's A Reason was a real milestone for me. I had been waiting for years to make a full length album, waiting for the perfect conditions, waiting for a label to pick me up and fund it for me. After my wife and I experienced a tragedy that could have torn us apart, instead, we worked as a team to make the production a reality on our own terms. I really have her to thank on countless levels for unlimited reasons. The whole process was documented in my film Walking Proof which has recently been nominated for an Independent Music Award.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
There have been a few key moments when I have felt so defeated that I have been ready to pack it all in but it's all a part of the journey and always leads to some of my most honest, and in my opinion, best songs. In retrospect, there have been many missed opportunities that weren't seized due to inadequate funds or lack of experience but all I can do is keep moving forward and remember why I make music in the first place.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
This is a great yet challenging question! I probably haven't written it yet but, if I had to pick one of my personal favourites, I'd have to say "Doctor, Please". I wrote it at a point in my life when everything had come to a point where I felt so lost, frustrated and vulnerable. Some songs I've written over the years are not always as easy to relate to as you grow and change as a person but that's not the case with "Doctor, Please". It depicts a very specific ongoing psychological burden that I've been struggling with for most of my life.

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 
I've started writing for my second full length album and hope to hit the studio some time next year to record it. I'm also working on a mostly acoustic EP featuring re-imagined versions of some of my previously released material. I hope to release the EP before the end of this year. I'm also in the process of planning a few small tours across Canada and hope to make my way across the border soon. 

1 comment:

  1. "Doctor, Please" was the first time I had heard Marcio's music, which was suggested by Andrew De Leon. He's never steared me wrong when it comes to discovering new music and talented artists, so I didn't hesitate to go check it out.

    Right from the start I absoulutely LOVED "Doctor, Please", from that day, I was hooked on Marcio's music.
    I looked him up & followed him on Twitter. I began searching for more of his music.
    His voice, sounds so unique, yet familiar at the same time. All his songs are so cleverly written..actually, I shall say brilliant!

    The more I listened to his songs on his website, which he was SO awesome to give me the links to, the more I NEEDED to have them for myself! My 1st purchase was "It's Not An Excuse, It's A Reason".
    I bought the digital download and listened to it endlessly until I memorized every word to every song.
    But that wasnt enough.. I HAD to have the phsical copy, so I bought that too..actually, I bought a huge holiday bundle that he was offering on his website!

    Marcio, if you ever read this, meeting you and hearing you play LIVE is on my Bucket List! I have GOT to meet the guy who wrote & sang all these songs!

    I do ask that you put a warning label on your music..I have found your songs quite addicting and they play continually in my head. It's not a bad thing, Ive got great music to listen to while I'm drifting off to sleep and to greet me in the morning. :)

    Marcio, you are a gem, a rare find. I wish you great success.