Interview by: Jeanette Sandoval
MARC OLIVER IS THRILLED TO RELEASE THE FIRST SINGLE FROM HIS DEBUT ALBUM, SET TO RELEASE LATER THIS SUMMER.
Pop/R&B artist and singer-songwriter Marc Oliver, has been taking the music industry by storm over the past 25 years with no end in sight. The multi-talented independent San Diego -based singer, songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist presents a new single which is out now on all streaming platforms together with a music video.
Tell us about the vision behind your new single, “Outlaw.”
I kind of just had this idea of being an outlaw. I was trying to think of playing a stadium and getting everyone’s hands up, without being like, “hey guys, put your hands up.” So, as an outlaw, I could just stick them up, and tells them to get their hands up. After I finished it, I took it to Death Beach, my partner in crime with music, and it became a reality.
How has your music evolved?
My mom started me with piano lessons since the age of 3, it was called pajama piano. So, it just kind of evolved. It became something that was fun, and a way for me to release emotion. It became so natural, the way I live my life with that creation.
Can you tell me a bit about those records hanging on your wall?
Those are three of my favorite records. One is a Stevie Wonder album, one’s Elton John, and one is The Beatles. Obviously, they all play piano, and I mean, who doesn’t love these artists? When I look up at them, I mean I put them up there because when I’m writing, you have the inspiration that maybe one day, my record will hang on someone’s wall, and be inspired to keep going.
You have collaborated with many artists throughout your career, what artist did you fangirl over, or has had the biggest impact on you?
Oh wow, I’ve stood on stages with so many people in my life, it’s happened multiple times. I think it was more not just someone famous, but what stuck to me was the people that stood on stage, and you could see their comfort. I think between watching John Legend after I opened for him in Petco Park, here in San Diego, he just walked on stage, and it was as if he was just sitting with a couple of people instead of the thousands and thousands of fans. It’s those moments over the years that have been impactful, because you are feeling that natural energy between you and the crowd, and it just feels good. That kind of feeling is what drives me to play music. There’s like this movement to the world around you, you know? Everyone’s swaying to the same thing, and it moves the air.
Out of all your collaborations, who has had the most interesting creative that influenced your creative process?
Graham Edwards from The Matrix Music Productions. He really taught me how to dissect my thoughts while I was writing. I spent a lot of time writing with him, and he just had such a great vision, and really broke it down for me, and helped me put it together. I’ve written music for years and it wasn’t until halfway through my career that it all kind of clicked, of what I’m trying to say and the words and melodies. So, he has been a huge influence.
Tell us about the creative process behind the music video to Outlaw
I gave my buddy Mitch Lamoureux a call, he’s a writer and director in LA and asked him to write and direct music videos for the upcoming songs. He didn’t just do, “Outlaw,” we’re doing 4 more right now. So, I just told him to listen to the song and write it, but I think it needs to be like an old western, and vintage looking. I’ve always wanted to make music videos that are films, instead of me just singing, and give people more of an entertainment of the story through a cinematic version. So that’s how it evolved.
What do you want your music to convey to your audience?
We’re just here to have fun. That’s what we do, and that’s what I want people to enjoy. Music gives everyone a different emotion, so really, it’s just fun to play music and share. We need to build a community more than a fan base.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE