“carsick” is officially out tomorrow, August 14, via SNAFU Records here. In the meantime, Flaunt caught up with Maro to ask about “carsick,” his background story, and his current mindstate overseas in Beirut, especially relating to the recent tragic explosion.
Where are you now and how are you feeling?
I’m currently in Lebanon, I got here a couple of days ago. I’m really happy because I haven’t seen my friends in a long time, I was stuck in Kuwait. I finally got to see my friends and hang out with them, but unfortunately a really big explosion went out in Beirut which has destroyed half the city. We’re all still in shock and saddened, because what happened could’ve been avoided.
How has the experience been making the jump from YouTube covers to releasing original material?
Making covers is a lot easier than creating original music. It was tough the first year to create original music, but the process has been super fun. I love writing original music, it’s become an outlet for me to release feelings. I’ve met a lot of cool people on the journey travelling to all these different studios in different countries. It was scary, but now I’m feeling good about it. [smiles]
How has your multi-cultural background influenced your artistic vision and sound?
The more music you listen to, the more creative you’ll get making music. Growing up in the Middle Eastern and Slavic culture has definitely influenced my music, mostly the different scales they use. It has impacted me subconsciously, in a way that I can’t really express with words.
Tell us about your debut single “carsick” and the songwriting process.
It first started off with this cool chord progression I had in mind. We recorded the guitars in the studio then came up with the hook, which is the most important part of the song. Being in a toxic relationship always on and off with this girl makes you feel carsick, sick and uncomfortable because it’s hurting the both of you. Me and songwriters/producers went back and forth writing the lyrics based on that.
How has quarantine influenced your creative process?
I was in Kuwait for about 6 months, it affected me negatively. I’ve definitely learned a few things, but sitting home all the time made me lose motivation and inspiration. I hated it.
Who or what inspires you?
My supporters and listeners inspire me to keep on going with my music. Musically Kurt Cobain, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and Mac Miller.
What’s next for Maro?
More original music, albums, performing the music live, and getting into the fashion world.