It’s already your 3rd studio album – do you feel there was a difference, an evolution of your creative process?
I think that when I work on an album I get carried away more than with a single / EP or a remix in which I usually have a clearer idea of where I want to go. The process of working on such a project implies, at least for me, getting lost in the depths of yourself to discover the way of how to tell a coherent and honest story. There are many songs that finally were not part of the album, others that led me to understand what could be missing or what could be left over. This album is very different from the previous ones, my first album ‘Punto 0’ was a conceptual project, looking for the essence and roots of my sound. With the second ‘Son Of a Thousand Sounds’, Son of a thousand sounds, I wanted to condense all my influences, which are many. With this, my third album, I feel like I no longer have such a need to explain who I am and where I come from. For me, working on ‘The Big Picture’ has had a lot of personal therapy in which, as I say, I have lost myself and have found myself again, until finally being able to make an album. I hope that when you finish listening to it, you want to hear it again.
Do you have any special routine when producing new music? Or do you just go back and forward to the studio as the ideas come?
I do not have a special routine, but after so many years I try to be aware of how I feel before putting on, if I feel that I am less creative, because I take the opportunity to do tasks that do not require being so inspired. I record a lot of material and then I keep only the best, I also process each sound a lot until I am satisfied with the result. And finally, I let each song sit for some time until my intuition tells me that the time has come to finish it and send it to the mix. Lately, I also write a lot of ideas that come up when I’m not in the studio so that I don’t forget them and put them into practice as soon as I return to a certain project. Right now I feel that I am in a process of change, finishing an album implies making a new point in your music. It is a good time to nourish yourself with new things, take up work techniques that you had parked or try new sounds.
On July 7, the 2nd single “Jandía” was released. Why the name? (Are you referring to the Canarian archipelago?) Do you feel any deeper connection with the place? What is your most frequent source of inspiration?
Exactly, Jandía is in Fuerteventura and of course, I had a very deep connection with the place, I am sure that everyone who has visited it will know what I am talking about. The thing about the names is difficult to explain, sometimes as is the case when visiting such a special place it evokes feelings that later inspire you to turn them into a song. Inspiration can come from everything that surrounds me: a person, a place, a situation, a good meal, a good wine or a great movie, etc … the important thing is that whatever it touches your soul and leaves you less or to a greater extent some trace on you.
The single also includes a remix of M.E.M.O., a name already known in Mobilee. Is this the first time that you are collaborating?
Anselmo aka M.E.M.O. and I met many years ago in Ibiza and have been in contact ever since. But this is the first time our names have come together in one release. The truth is I am delighted that someone with such talent has reinterpreted a song as special as Jandía, I think he has enjoyed it a lot and has put all the love that he normally puts into his music so the result is a sublime remix.
Hope that doesn’t bring any bad luck but is it your vision for the future? Where do you see yourself both personally and professionally in 5, 10 years and what message would you give to the Marc of the future?
Precisely this album talks about this, about telling what I was, what I am, and what I will be. To realize how ephemeral everything is and that time passes so quickly that it is better not to plan so much and instead enjoy the moment, the here and now. It is not premeditated that the album ends with a collaboration song with Piek, which refers to the great José Padilla and which is called ‘Goodbye Yesterday’.
(check the video below)