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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST MARS VALENCIA 

Q) What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

A) I’ve always had a passion for music, as a kid my mum paid for my piano lessons and I would sing at church. As I grew up I explored new avenues but I always found myself coming back to music. It took me a while but I’ve accepted it and now I’m ready for people to hear me.   

Q) The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?

A) I always feel like I can do more, I’m never content but on reflection, I am happy with my progress and the music that I am making at the moment. I’m aware that this is a marathon and not a sprint, as long as I continue to release quality music, videos, and shows then eventually it will all work out in the end, it just has to. 

Q) How have your song writing skills developed over time?

A) In school I preferred English over Maths, I’m a fan of expressing myself through words, so I’ve never struggled to articulate how I feel on a song. Over time I’ve focused more on creating catchy hooks and melodies but my ability to write has always been good. 

Q) I’m seeing a debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help. 

A) Firstly, everyone should feel safe enough to go to a live show so the fact that this is even a debate is sad in itself. I suggest people drink less and be mindful of their surroundings, were all there for the same reason so don’t spoil it for others. If that doesn’t work just kick the individuals out who can’t behave themselves, simple as. 

Q) As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips? 

A) Shamelessly promote your music everywhere, marketing is key learn how to use ads, get onto playlists use TikTok and do live shows. Repeat this process and eventually, you’ll see the following develop.

Q) What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

A) I’d be ok with it if they paid the artists what we deserve but that’s the real issue to this question. 

Q) Tell us something about you that would surprise people?

A) Probably the length of my hair, I never show it but it’s very long.



Q) I hear you have new music, tell us about it.

A) The single ‘Last Night in Lisboa’ is a timestamp, reflecting on where I’ve come from the progress I’ve made, and the people I’ve lost along the way. The song was recorded and shot in Lisboa over the course of 3 days. 

Q) Talk me through the thought process of the new tune

A) My music is very introspective heavy, I talk a lot about the women in my life, this time around I wanted to celebrate the small achievements I’ve made, you get so caught up in what you’re doing you don’t have the time to reflect and look back so that’s what this song is about, reflection and celebrating the small wins. 

Q) What was the recording process like?

A) It was a lot of fun actually, we landed in Lisboa and spent the first day creating the song. The following day we went around Lisboa and recorded a music video for it. Everything happened very quickly and we documented everything. It was very organic and I liked the way it all came together in the end. Safe to say we were exhausted at the end of it all, but I live for this, how I can complain. 

Q) What was the biggest learning curve in writing new tunes?

A) Probably just how important the melody is, there’s a lot of maths that goes into the structure of music but the melody is key.

Q) Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

A) Not a single thing, can’t have regrets when it comes to music, it’s all a learning curve to make the next one even better 

Q) Is there anything else you would like to share to the world?

A) It’s been a long time coming but I’ll be releasing Welcome to Mars 2 this year and from how it’s developing, it’s gonna be a classic.