Known as a ‘national treasure’ by the press, Marcel is a singer-songwriter, producer and DJ, having risen to fame with Blazin Squad in 2002 after they released a cover of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony track Crossroads which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. Marcel went on to secure seven top ten hits, including Flip Reverse and Love on the Line, before securing himself as a finalist on the 2017 hit reality TV show Love Island.
Now, in between TV fame and media commitments, Marcel is cementing himself as an innovative artist and recently released the afro-swing hit They Wanna Know, a well-received foray into his forthcoming EP Circles due for release later this year.
Not afraid of incorporating his most personal experiences in his songwriting, his latest offering Sober addresses the price of fame, highlighting the side to it that people don’t see; the lows, the pressure of the media and the unwanted attention. Opening with They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, pray for me, he’s revealing an honest vulnerability, touching on his struggle with depression and how he is now, thankfully, on the other side.
It’s important for artists to address mental health, to keep the conversation going and lessen the grip the taboo. Speaking on the release Marcel says Sober is about dealing with the pressure and problems that come with living in the public eye.