AwareNow: Issuu 17: The United Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MATTY MARZ

LIFE ON MARZ

THE STYLE & SOUND OF RISING POP STAR MATTY MARZ With genres ranging everywhere from punk rock, bubblegum pop, funk & electronica, Matty Marz has put himself in a category few artists get to live; a lane entirely his own making. Growing up, Matty spent much of his youth involved in various theatre companies & productions with eyes set on center stage. By 13, he started studying the craft of classical composition & vocal technique while starting his journey as a songwriter. As the formative teenage years went on he found solace & safety in pop music, which culminated in 2020’s Mine! and this year’s Nu Eyez. Artists such as Madonna, David Bowie, Prince & Lady Gaga showed him the light of what being an artist could be. As the sole creator of his music, Matty has complete control over his process. With a fiery presence & keen sense of individuality, there is nothing stopping the singer-songwriter. In this next chapter, he’s set his sights and aspirations on center stage: the world.

Allié: With a style and sound all your own, Matty, you are making waves while making headlines. For those discovering you for the first time, what is it that they should know about you and why you create what you do?

Matty: You know, every artist has their reasonings as to what makes them great and wha drives them. And I think for me, I've always been very fortunate that it's been like second nature. I grew up doing musical theater and then went into singer songwriter production. I studied classical, jazz, and opera. So I was always invested in music, art and creation all of itself. But it really, for so long, gave me an outlet for me to create who I wanted to be in a lot of ways because I just… I felt very ‘othered’. I didn't feel like I fit into anything, any group settings or communities. I just grew up very much like ‘the weird kid’. So, cultivating a look and sound took many years, and it took a lot of experimenting and really studying a lot of different genres of music, but it’s essentially a part of who I am in the greatest capacity. I always say that there's no differentiating factor between me as a person and me as an artist because they are very intertwined. But I think people finding me for the first time will find someone who is a little bit out of the box in terms of the normal pop landscape, but someone who can embody many different styles, sounds, genres, and also characters to a certain degree.

LIFE ON MARZ

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MATTY MARZ

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