Hope all is well ! I’ve been good. Hustling. Thanks for the opportunity to do this interview. It’s greatly appreciated.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Out My Way”?
“Out My Way” is a song I wrote that takes the perspective of looking at a woman going through an abusive relationship and I basically tell the girl that she doesn’t need to put up with somebody like that – that there are men in this world who WOULD treat her better – and that ultimately I’m one of them.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I thought of the idea for the song after reading a paragraph long Facebook post where the girl said “she’s done with love” and “every man’s the same”. It got to my head. So I decided to write a song about it. I’ve seen so many woman post these comments before that I don’t even remember who it was specially that wrote it. I followed a lot of fans on my Facebook at the time so I hope whoever it was eventually heard the song and changed her mind.
The single comes off your new album Prequel – what’s the story behind the title?
I do a lot when it comes to music – production, engineering, songwriting, performing, etc. – I asked a lot of my fans what they liked so much about my music and the majority said that they like the fact that my music tells a story. Knowing this, I decided to sort my songs in an order that told a chronological story and was going to call it Chapter 1. Because a lot of the songs were written about what has already happened rather than what’s currently happening I decided to call it Prequel. The concept is that listening to the album in order will tell you a story about my life and I’m going to continue that story in chapters through my music going forward. That’s how I came up with the idea for the title.
How was the recording and writing process?
I recorded the entire album in my home studio. I write as often as possible. I don’t really plan out what I’m going to make a song about when I do it. I just kinda sit down and start producing or writing and whatever comes out comes out. Most songs were produced and recorded in a day. “All In” specifically was recorded the day after I quit my job (Nov 20) which happens to be my birthday. I just record and write as inspiration strikes.
How much did life struggles and bad relationships get to inspire the lyrics on this album?
As much as I could possibly state. All my music is personal to me. When I start writing music – things pour out and it definitely comes from an emotion I have or once had. One person told me that my music talks about the things that are difficult to express – that couldn’t be more true.
So can we expect a “sequel” – would it follow the same theme or it would be a standalone record?
You can definitely expect Chapter 1. I’m focusing on Prequel for now and taking in all the new experiences so that when I begin working on Chapter 1, I continue the story. Make sure you listen to Prequel in order from 1-9. I’m basically writing a novel of my life through music.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hopefully soon – my management team is working on setting up my upcoming performances as we speak. Making music and performing my music in front of fans are by far 2 of my happiest moments so I want to make more of these moments. As much as possible.
What else is happening next in Manny’s world?
We’re taking things step by step. I guess that’s the exciting part of it all. Who knows what’s going to happen next in this story. You have to stay tuned to find out.