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you down. It is full of haters out there, but we always try to move forward anyway”. I agreed 100%. When I realized it was almost time to say goodbye to each other – almost time to re open my eyes and be back in my cold room in Italy – I decided to ask him what advice he’d give young musicians who want to become musicians. “Young people nowadays should listen to their heart, know their talent and get surrounded by positive and inspiring people”. How could you not agree with that? Finally, I remembered the topic of staying healthy while on tour, so I asked Marq what his routine was. “I need to take care of my voice, no alcohol or other bad things. I do my best to give people the best. You gotta take care of yourself with the right food and by being in great physical shape”. It was time to end the call, but I really didn’t want to. My mind was wandering through the streets of LA, I was basically hearing the sound of the waves of the Pacific Ocean. I could not resist, and asked one more question. “How is California? You were born and raised there and everything seems like a movie. How is living in LA?” This is what he said: “You see people raise and fall, one moment you can be sitting next to Leo Di Caprio and the next moment be broke. Other countries have the illusion of the grandeur of LA, but it is a hard city to live in, a very difficult one. Yes there’s Disneyland, but there’s also a dark side. You really have to learn to handle the upside and the downside. This city can destroy you. Trying to have family, friends, supporters around you is really important. You have to try to do the best you can and don’t burn any bridges. LA is a melting pot and we have to love each other. You are gonna make it or you gonna break it!” And what about music in LA? “I think music drives business in this city”. And just like that, we were done. I particularly loved Marq’s last answer on which is his philosophy of life: “Don’t judge people, there is too much judgment around. Love and forgiveness are key. We are not perfect souls. Treat others

like you wanted to be treated”. Perfect ending. I opened my eyes. Back to reality.

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