Interview with Marion Write
• Performing Artist •
Name: Marion Write
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Describe your sound as if we were deaf:
My sound is street in nature and I’m drawn to exquisite melodies, I would say it’s very soulful. Music you can bounce too, relatable substance. I write about my life and my experiences as well as those around me. I love unique drum patterns that really hit you when you hear them. I’m big on piano progressions as well. My sound is like modernized New York rap we heard in the 90’s. It’s nostalgic and refreshing at the same time unique and something you’ve probably never heard before.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Recently I’ve been highly inspired by my boy Euroz, who like me, is also a rapper from Vegas. His work ethic is crazy. I’ve always been inspired by Nas and Big L. Legendary producers like Leon Sylvers III and Quincy Jones inspire me. Some more contemporary producers like Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, Bink!, Nottz, Ryan Leslie etc. etc., I’ve always looked to as catalyst in my own music. I also am influenced by musicians like Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
At this point, I think the current project I’m working on, “Black Gold”, has been extremely fun to build. I think I’ve really allowed myself to just rap without filters or worrying what others might ‘want’ to hear. I’m really bringing you my lifestyle with this one. I’m working with a few new producers I haven’t worked with before like Rikio Ito (Funk Volume) and my cousin Chris Punsalan. I’m focusing on a lot of visuals for this new record and it will be accompanied by a documentary showing the creation. It’s also my first project in which I’ve put on kickstarter.com to help pull some funding for it too. We’re going global with this one!
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I’ve been writing music for a long time, late 90’s. I was like 11 when I started pennin’ raps. I think I started to take it real serious when I graduated high school. I didn’t really have a solidified sound back then, I would just rap over anything. Which was kind of hit and miss for me. I learned a lot since then and it’s really helped me shape my music now and how I present it as well. I’m a lot more in tune with what I want to put out, when and how. At the end of the day, I want you to give you an exclusive experience when you hear my music.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Nas, Black Thought, Pharrell, Timbaland, Kardiak. Kendrick Lamar for the newer cats in the game.
How is the internet changing your craft?
It’s made it a lot easier to get your music heard. There’s so many platforms and blogs that support something good when they hear it. But I’m still heavily involved with the grass roots of things. Actually getting out to the shows and being seen at events. Especially livin’ in Vegas, there’s so many things going on, it’s imperative that you make yourself seen. I also plan on touring in August to take my talents outside of my city and get that national notoriety I’ve been looking to gain.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Of course, everything I do I feel is strongly important. As an artist, a creative, it’s my life to make sure my vision is being taken seriously and in hopes to influence others as well. I want to leave some type of legacy behind when it’s all said and done. If i don’t think it’s important then who will?
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Touring. Independently killing the game. Or maybe even a major deal. Whatever allows me to make music a living, I can’t hustle forever. Outside of music, I coach basketball at my alma mater. Hopefully we get a state championship and I become some type of notable coach in the game. I’ve always wanted to own my own AAU team and get kids to college.
Social Media Links?
marionwrite.com, twitter.com/marionwrite, instagram.com/vegasoriginals, facebook.com/marionwrite, soundcloud.com/marionwrite