Hey guys, thanks for having me! I’ve been super great on my end and very busy constantly working on new music for you all 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nova Scotia”?
‘Nova Scotia’ is certainly one of my most melodic records to date. I wanted to write something that just simply gave the listener happy feelings. I was thinking of blue skies, summer vibes and big festive scenes.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Even though I’ve never visited Nova Scotia, the inspiration from the record did actually come from looking at a really incredible landscape picture of it and now it’s definitely inspired me to go there some day!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Unfortunately not for this one, but I’d really love to co-direct / write my own music videos later on in the near future!
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a fairly smooth process. I started this record working on the intro bassline, and then gradually built it up with the chords and the main drop. My work process is always different and that’s why I think I’ve been so consistent with music this year.
What role does Melbourne play in your writing?
Melbourne has a massive role to play in my production. Late last year I had a single named ‘Melbourne’ as a tribute to my hometown. It’s named the most liveable city in the world for a reason and I certainly do get inspired from the city. It’s home!
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or covering someone else than when you are writing in your own?
Absolutely! I think the process is always different, even when I’m working on my own. Sometimes I will start the drums, or the chords, or a bass to change it up. I’m working on a few collaborations at the moment and for each one the process has been entirely different since other artists have their own way of working. I guess you have to just feel comfortable with what works and then go from there.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Technically I’ve released enough music this year to compile it all as an artist album but that’s something I would certainly love to do in the near future. For now I’m just focusing on singles to keep building the brand. The next phase is for lots more vocal productions now and to really create that ‘Marcus Santoro Sound’. When I find that, I think that’s when an album will be on the cards. I want an album to be a representation of me and my music so I think I’m still on that pathway.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I just recently supported Cosmic Gate at Festival Hall in Melbourne for their Materia Album tour which was a great success. I’ll also be playing in Sydney at Marquee for the Ultra Bali countdown on the 9th September and on the 30th of September I’ll be playing at Australia’s biggest indoor stadium Etihad for Transmission festival. We’re also planning lots of exciting new shows for the Australian Summer and hopefully abroad!
What else is happening next in Marcus Santoro’s world?
There’s still plenty of music to be released, including some exciting collaborations with both artists and vocalists. I also am also heading to Amsterdam in October for my very first ADE experience and then after that it’s back into studio mode for the start of the Summer here in Australia.
Marcus Santoro’s ‘Nova Scotia’ is out now on Enhanced Progressive: