Fresh off the release of Marc E Bassy’s new single for ‘Free Like Me’, we had a chance to catch up with R&B mogul. The Bay Area native first got his start singing in the group 2AM Club and has since established himself as one of the best in Pop and R&B. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Kehlani, G-Eazy, YG, and Ty Dolla $, to name a few. Check out Marc had to say about his new single and process below!
BTS: I’ve read that your landlord when you were growing up was Tracy Chapman, was it fate that you made a career in music?
Marc E. Bassy: It so happened that Tracy Chapman lived in the same little room as me before I did. I never thought about music at the time but I definitely noticed how much music meant to my parents. It was always obvious to me that music was something transcendent and emotional. My mom used to say that Tracy Chapman’s song “Fast Car” was her breakup song with my dad.
BTS: You’ve collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, is there one that stands out to you as the most memorable?
Marc E. Bassy: My most memorable collaborator thus far is my boy G-Eazy. Not just making songs together but going on tour. He really set the tone for me on the temperament and perspective you have to have to do this job.
BTS: How was it working with the renowned Cory Henry on your track ‘Free Like Me’?
Marc E. Bassy: Cory is such a next level musician. It’s honestly just a pleasure to watch him play piano and do the things he’s made a name for himself doing. If I can add any pop sensibility to that, I feel like there’s nowhere else I need to be.
BTS: Continuing from that last question, do you feel that your performance changes when working with live instrumentation rather than backing tracks or DJ?
Marc E. Bassy: Yes. When you’re working with a DJ you take on the role of an MC more than a singer. It’s all about hyping up the crowd and bringing energy. Where with instrumentalists it’s more about settling into the emotion of the song and letting the song do the work.
BTS: If you had to choose an ideal place for someone to listen to your music, where would it be?
Marc E. Bassy: A living room on an expensive mid style century couch.
BTS: Any artists you’ve been digging lately?
Marc E. Bassy: I’ve been digging Remi Wolf, Cautious Clay, and Dominic Fike.
BTS: What’s next for Marc E. Bassy?
Marc E. Bassy: I’d like to spend the next 6 months wrapping up two projects and releasing more music. I have a lot of music in me that sometimes adheres to one genre and I’d like to find the best way to present these two different sides of myself to my fans.
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