INTERVIEW: Danish Group Marshall Cecil

Pic by Malik Grosos

Danish group Marshall Cecil new single ‘Soliloquy (Wouldn’t Feel Alone)’  is out now. Having made their mark on the international music scene with a series of enthralling singles and videos, gaining praise from the likes of Vice/Noisey and Clash Magazine, and notching up memorable live performances at some of the biggest international festivals including Reeperbahn and Roskilde– Marshall Cecil is not like any other band out there. Using their individual production skills, fusing elements from r&b, pop, hip-hop, with ‘Soliloquy’ they created a unique and potent music formula, one that is both triumphant, forward-thinking and touching at the same time.

VENTS: Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

MC: Thanks so much. We’re good.

VENTS: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Soliloquy (Wouldn’t Feel Alone)?

Daniel Abraham (MC): Sure. Soliloquy is a song about loosing your mind to your own ambitions and expectations in yourself. It’s an introspective song that tries to show that too much self-examination will eventually lead to a feeling of loneliness – because you forget the people you have around you if you’re constantly looking inside.

It’s a song that is open for interpretation, but for me the song is a like a two part journey. The first one being about doubt, self-examination and loneliness and the second part – the rap part – an attempt to break free of that feeling.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Daniel Abraham (MC): One of them was the long process of writing and making music. Doing that is a really introspective practice and it can sometimes drive you a bit crazy. You’re constantly examining and judging yourself and it can be tiring and frustrating to always have to measure yourself and your music. I don’t think that feeling is exclusive for musicians only though. We’re all constantly self-examining ourselves on social media and there’s a plenty of things in this world that tells us to constantly look within and improve ourselves. It gives this song a more universal meaning, and it feels that people can relate to it in their ways.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Sophus August Tuxen: It was great. We were lucky to be able to work closely with Emil Asmussen (Director) and Niels Borup (DOP) and we brought all of our friends as extras to the main shooting days of the video. It was nice and beautiful to finish of a song about breaking with the feeling of loneliness with all of our good friends around us.

How was the recording and writing process?

Sebastian Fibiger (MC): It was pretty crazy. Both Sophus and Daniel went a bit crazy making this song. You can kind of hear it in the instrumentation and the sound of the song. A lot of feelings were at stake while we made this track and we could hear there was something special in this song, that we just decided to go fully into.

What role does Denmark play in your music?

Sebastian Fibiger (MC): Good question? Denmark is a country known for minimalist design. Our music is kind of the opposite. I don’t know if there’s a connection there, haha. Denmark does play some kind of role in our music but it’s really hard to say exactly what. We’re not really part of any specific music scene in Denmark. We’re kind of doing this in our own little bubble.

Daniel Abraham (MC): There is unfortunate things happening in the danish political landscape right now. The rise of right wing nationalism and cuts on the welfare state is happening in Denmark right now – just like it is in a lot of places all over Europe. Those things have found their ways into the lyrics of our music.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Sophus August Tuxen (MC): Yes, we’re in the last steps of finishing the songs for our debut album. We think it’s coming along very well.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Sebastian Fibiger (MC): The album will be out somewhere in the spring of 2020. We’re pretty sure it’s going to be titled ‘Going Up / Going Down’.

What aspects of social isolation will you get to explore on this record?

Daniel Abraham (MC): The record is more focused on the mental and musical movement of going up and going down, than it is on loneliness in itself. Loneliness is just one part of many other feelings of being young. Marshall Cecil’s music is about the fear, the loneliness, the joy and the ups and the downs and the turnarounds that we all feel. There’s a constant going up, going down movement in our music both lyrically and musically. It’s music that recognizes that we all have these feelings inside of us and tries to hold the listener’s hand through them.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah, we’ll be finishing the record now in ’19 and start of the new decade by hopefully playing a lot of shows.

What else is happening next in Marshall Cecil’s world?

Constantly looking for new ways to express ourselves and build beautiful moments for our fans and listeners. Alongside with touring we’ll be making music and we’re really looking forward to that.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE – http://bit.ly/33Ut7tT

STREAM THE TRACK HERE – https://open.spotify.com/track/2kwg6oZ6w7y9VgrzfN3cA8?si=CLD3L7HgTayay8Zhoc6Wkg

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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