The songs on your new release are beautiful. I know that many artists like to leave the meaning of the songs up to the listener, if you can tell me, what message do you want listeners to get from "Recite After Me"?
Marc: Thanks, all these tracks were from a solo project I’d started with a guy called Richard Olah, aka Richee from Hungary which got side lined by the last Massive Ego album. I always intended to revisit the tracks one day, and now seemed the perfect opportunity. "Recite After Me" is a statement about our religious Idols and peoples dependence on their message to feel complete and be able to live their lives.
Describe your creative process?
Marc: Well Richee is so easy to work with that we passed the files back and forth, and unusually for me I recorded my vocal parts at home without the need to visit a bigger recording studio and sent the raw files over to Richee. I prefer to write to a music demo, doesn’t have to be complete, as long as it’s got an arrangement I can follow. I have a book of titles and lyrics but I also like to write new specifically for a demo.
What inspires you as a person and as an artist?
Marc: Whilst trying to heal I found myself reading biography after biography, I had an insatiable appetite for music biogs particularly and read about fifty books in that year, unheard of for me. Everyone from John Lydon to Morrissey. Losing myself and my worries in other peoples lives certainly helped me get through. It’s a habit I’m maintaining, alongside writing my daily pages (journals) which I find a great vehicle for getting ideas down. I’ve found a lot of inspiration as a creative soul in ‘The Artists Way’ book by Julia Cameron which not only advised writing morning pages, but also giving yourself ‘Artists dates’, which entails doing something creative on your own, like visiting a gallery, painting a picture or taking a photo. One date I set myself the brief of visiting the pier near my home and photographing only 10 pictures in B&W, no filters edits or effects. These pictures manifested into the "Idol Lies" short film idea. I also set myself the task of watching classic films that had managed to evade me till that point. It was greats like ‘Chinatown’, Nic Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’, 'The Illustrated Man’, everything Polanski , with ’The Tenant’ being a prime example of ‘how have I not seen this film till now?!’ The late 60’s and early 70’s are proving a film treasure trove. I can get obsessed by certain films, reading everything there is to read on them. A case in point is ‘The Man With The X-Ray Eyes’ which influenced my little film hugely, as did ‘The 7 Faces of Dr Lau.
Are there any issues that impact you that you want people to know about?
Marc: Already discussed the main one, but I know I’m not unique in what I’ve been through. I see so many people currently in the same boat I was, it’s terrifying how the recent changes in the world from Covid and lockdowns, to forced political agendas in the form of Brexit snuffing out our freedoms, to a planet creaking under all our pollution and wars reigniting old hatred, it’s no wonder mental health issues are effecting so many of us. I found sitting outside, feeding the birds, meditating, finding my spirit side and just being nice to myself was a huge help. I even took up reading Oracle cards! How bang on perceptive have they been. If you’ve got issues and you’re reading this, fuck…I’m with you and I can relate and it will become better, and the worst you imagine will not come to bear. Tell your nearest and dearest, don’t suffer in silence and get help because the cloud is very hard to shift on your own.