What made you decide to become a soloist?

It took me a while to begin my journey as an artist, I committed wholeheartedly in my early 20’s but I always kind of knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life, I just had to allow myself to grow into the person I am today. 

What is your musical history?

I wasn’t fortunate enough to have parents that were already in the music industry or knew anything about music for that matter. I was introduced to music in primary school where I learnt music theory and how to play the keyboard but I soon lost the ability to read music once I started secondary school. Everything I’ve learnt now has been self-taught through YouTube and having a good ear for music, but I’m still perfecting my production and vocal skills. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed 

It’s too early in my career to be sick of questions, ask me in a few years’ time and I’m sure my opinion will have changed.  

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

I can’t remember the name of it but the idea goes, we are all one person, and as such we must live every human life ever and once we do that, we are reborn as God. Don’t ask me why but in my head, it just makes sense, look It up I think it’s called the egg theory.

What talent do you have?

I wouldn’t call it talent but I’m one of those people that can pick things up really quickly, just show me once or twice and I’m good to go.  

Tell us something about you that people would be surprised about?

I’ve purposely not done live shows yet, I want to save it for the right moment as well as have a larger catalogue to pull from. I think about everything when it comes to music and that includes performing, I want the production to be as I see it in my head so I’ll wait until the moments right and then I’ll let people see me in person.

If you had to describe your music to an alien, how would you describe it?

Spacey beats meet heartfelt vocals 

What makes you stand out as an artist?

That’s the million-dollar question, everyone wants to be different and everyone wants to discover the next big thing, only time will tell if I fall into those catalogues. To answer the question I would say, my music is very personal, I produce all my beats, I’m heavily involved in the mixing and mastering process and all the stories I talk about are true and based of my life. In terms of standing out I can’t see how someone can be more authentic and original than that.

Right now, what’s pissing you of the most?

I’m tired of being broke, the ideas I have are too expensive to execute so I have to make do with what I can. Ability-wise I back myself to the hills, I just need some luck to get the ball rolling. 

I hear you have a new single and EP in the works, tells us about that?

I do and I’m so excited/nervous to share it. The single Heartless is a defiant stance in the face of traditional love songs. I’m over relationships and the headaches that come with them, for once I want to be selfish and work on myself and my happiness. The EP tells the story of the right girl wrong time and all the highs and lows that comes with that but I’ll save the details for another interview. 

Tell me the thought process of the single?

‘Heartless’ continues the story from the previous single ‘Nomads’. Where ‘Nomads’ portrays the story of my breakup and my journeys in China, ‘Heartless’ shows you a darker and more ruthless side to Mars revelling in his new find singleness. The content isn’t for everyone but for those who can relate to fucking girls in the back of their car, then this is for you.

What was the recording process like?

I always create the rough demo at home first, that’s where the real magic happens, in my living room. Once I’ve done that I’ll go to the studio, rerecord the vocals and then get them mixed and mastered professionally by my incredibly talented engineer Kevin. By the time I’m ready to go to the studio it’s all about getting everything to sound professional rather than creating the beat or lyrics.   

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

I’m still learning about how much of myself I should put into the music, I would like to keep some things private but I also have stories to share so finding the balance is something I’m still working on. 

Would you change anything now that its finished 

Not a single thing.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

To release the EP in a few months’ time, and hopefully if everything goes my way, go back to China for a few months to continue my travels and create more stories to share. 

Is there anything else you would like to share to the world

You have great taste in music if you’ve discovered me now. The music I’m holding back is too good to be released right now but when I do, you’ll understand why.