EXCLUSIVE: Interview With J Marco

J Marco is an Alt-Rock musician originally from Massachusetts who grew up listening to records in his bedroom, enjoying a variety of genres including Punk-Rock and Pop. Now based in Nashville the rising star combines both styles of music to create his own unique sound which is evident on his new album ‘Days Of Surrender’ which will be released September 29th.

Here we speak exclusively to J Marco about his new LP, possible tour, future plans and much more;

Growing up who or what inspired you to get into music?

There was always music in my house, growing up. Some of my earliest memories include listening to stuff like Fleetwood Mac, or Tom Petty. My Dad plays guitar, and is a music nerd like myself. He taught me how to play an E chord, and I haven’t stopped since. 

Who are your all time musical icons?

Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan.

If you could collaborate with any artist who would you choose and why?

It’s a tie. On one hand it would be a dream come true to work with Bob Dylan, because he’s a personal hero of mine, and just beyond words. But, I don’t think I’d have anything to contribute. I’d probably just end up sitting in a room, unable to speak. So, in a more practical sense, I’d love to collaborate with Julian Casablancas, because I’m a fan of The Strokes and even a bigger fan of the more experimental stuff he’s doing right now with The Voidz. 

You’re based in Nashville so how come you didn’t go down the country music route?

I think a big misconception about Nashville is that it’s strictly a country music town. By all accounts, it certainly once was that way. But now, there’s anything & everything. I like some country music, but it’s not what I do.  

What is the inspiration behind your new album ‘Days Of Surrender’?

The songs for my new album were written in about 6 months following the release of my previous album, ‘Myth‘. Looking back, I think I was trying to be more honest in writing these songs, and include more about what I was feeling, and what I was worried about at the time. I was also coming from a place of higher confidence than I was when recording the first record. We had been playing the songs out, and playing them live injected this new sort of energy into the music that stuck with me in writing the new songs.  

Can fans expect a tour from you soon?

I have some tricks up my sleeve for this year. So, stay tuned. 

What do you hope to achieve over the next ten years?

I hope to continue to grow as a songwriter, and continue to make music that connects with people.

Make sure you follow J Marco on Twitter @J_MarcoMusic to keep up to date with all his latest music and tour news!

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