Hi Marcus, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
HI VENTS! Doing well…thank you for being in touch about the album.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Time and Tide Wait For No Man¨?
It sort of addresses the strength, self-belief and sense of “get on with it” that I believe we all need in certain points in our lives. We spend a lot of our time waiting around for things to happen or people to get back to us etc but now I know that life does’t wait for you and if you want something done you better do it yourself. We can plan, scheme, calculate and think but sometimes we just have to DO…and If you make a mistake, so what!
I would say that pretty much sums it up.
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
No single event in particular but definitely a collection of experiences and life in general. Not to get soppy on you, but I was very close to my grandmother who passed away a couple of years ago. The song in general sums up her point of view about life: “Believe in yourself, enjoy the journey and live and let live”
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
I have always liked that saying and sort of life my life by it.
The album came about as one of those things I just had to do. I realized that time doesn’t stop ticking and, even though I constantly work as a guitarist and producer, I really needed to finish these songs and put the record out.
The song, Time and Tide also describes the things we all go through when faced with a challenging task and finishing this album was one of those so I thought it was an obvious title.
How was the recording and writing process?
In my case, everything starts will a nylon sting guitar and vocals. If I can get the song to sound interesting like that, I know I can start layering all the production on. Then I’ll record some rough guitars, bass and vocals and start layering in no particular order. When I feel like the tempo, and arrangement is all pretty much set, I’ll record drums and the rest of the elements. I generally record ALL the ideas I have and then pick and choose what works best and keeps it interesting for the listener.
What´s like to have Rod Stewart as one of your biggest fans?
Haha… slight exaggeration! Rod started to come to our Ziroq shows over 15 years ago when I was working with Carmine Rojas, Chuck Kentis and J’Anna Jacoby (all from his band). He really enjoyed the flamenco guitar and, from then, has always been supportive. It’s still a thrill for me and everyone else to see him in the audience and it definitely keeps me on my toes!
What did you learn from your recent collaboration with him?
The most recent work I did was record a solo on a song from his new album called “Walking In The Sunshine”. Aside from the musical aspects and really enjoying working with Rod and producer, Kevin Savigar, I learned that you really have to learn to savour those special moments in life because they come and go quickly.
Any chance we could have Rod and you collaborating on one of your records?
You never know!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
For me, inspiration comes from doing the actual work. Because I’m addicted to the recording studio and building the record, it’s almost like the songs are just an excuse to get in and do the production!
What is true is that when I’m working on the songs themselves, I’m not thinking about production – just about making them the best they can be. That way, all the song writing decisions have been made before the studio and I can focus on the tasks at hand. That doesn’t meant to say that things don’t change as the production grows but I try and divide myself into artist, singer, guitarist, producer and keep those roles separate.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m finishing up producing another artist’s album at the moment but I’m really looking forward to setting some shows up in the US and UK next year. As much as I enjoy producing and all the technical aspects of music, there’s still nothing better than travelling and sharing your music with people in as many places as possible.
What else is happening next in Marcus Nand´s world?
A Christmas break in Spain then back to Los Angeles to finish production and start booking shows for the new year.