Hi Marc, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been good, doing my part staying inside and working on new music really.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Free Like Me”?
It was a very collaborative song I would say, where I got the chance to work with Cory Henry. It started off as one of those songs that was made at 5:30 in the morning with Nic Nac. Then over the next few weeks we flushed it out with other artists. I actually had a version that was ready around my birthday in April but because of COVID we pushed it back. Now it’s finally time.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was more a feeling than an event that inspired this song. Like a bittersweet feeling when you’re happy to be on your own.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes stay tuned.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process usually starts in my own studio with me singing over a loop, in this case with Nic Nac. We then flushed out the song with Count, Omar Edwards, Cory Henry, Kyla Macovitch and Pete Jonas, some of the musicians I work with.
What was it like to work with Cory Henry and how did that relationship develop?
I reposted an Instagram clip of Cory playing a Wurlitzer piano for Custom Vintage Keys as I was looking for a rental of my own and I had mentioned in the story “can’t wait to make a song with Cory Henry”. Literally later that weekend I was working with Omar, and he says my friend Cory is going to stop by. I was like, “Cory Henry the keys player” and then it turned out he was my neighbor and I’ve just been fortunate to work with him ever since.
How much did he get to influence the song?
Cory came at 5am to the studio we were at and sat at the organ and gave the song a new life.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
When I’m working with other people I think about what they bring to the table and how I can best tell my story in collaboration with them. Sometimes that calls for a more soulful vocal, sometimes something more aggressive. I like the challenge of writing with different style producers and instrumentalists.
What role does LA play in your music?
A huge role. My music is always a reflection of my life and my life is a reflection of my environment. LA has been home since I was 19 so it’s in every song I make.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material— how’s that coming along?
There’s definitely new music on the way and the process has been influenced by the current situation of being locked indoors for this duration of time.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Get ready for something next spring.
What else is happening next in Marc E Bassy’s world?
New Gold Medal is happening, our new record company. I think around the start of next year we will start actively searching to sign new talent. Also always aiming to be a better person and actively looking for ways I can make an impact for good.