Cool Ass - 10 Questions Music Interview
Cool Ass was created by Marc Marut, with a sound that's reminiscent of 90's alternative. Combining a hard hitting, toe tapping, energetic rock style with other influences, Cool Ass music gets people moving as much as the lyrics get them laughing. Not only is Marc a musician and songwriter, he is also an accomplished actor. He has starred in feature films such as "The Paperboy (1994)", as well as many TV shows such as "Goosebumps" and "Road To Avonlea.". Cool Ass has a new release titled, "Fuck You COVID-19." The song was created to show that despite all the social distancing measures, we can still find a way to come together and have fun. For the music video, fans from around the world unite with footage of them rocking out to the song, which is sure to bring a smile to your face. The video is available on YouTube and will also be aired on MTV. Cool Ass does all the composing, recording, and audio engineering himself.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I wouldn't say there was a particular catalyst... ever since I was a kid music would just come to me from out of nowhere. I'd always have tunes playing in my head, and the challenge was learning how to reproduce them on instruments. When I was nine years old I fell into musical theatre by accident, playing Gavroche in Les Misérables here in Toronto. It exposed me to professional musicians from a young age, and I learned a lot from members of the orchestra. As I got older, I spent lots of time in studios laying down vocals for commercials and TV shows, but I've always had music in me. I just need to get it out and into the world.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I got to spank a Playboy model wearing a school girl outfit with a ruler on my lap for the “S.O.B. (Song Of a Bitch)” music video! I mean, we were on set and it was totally professional, but I still think that's pretty cool.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I would have to say completing the video for “S.O.B. (Song Of a Bitch)”. It's a great sense of accomplishment for me, because the amount of work involved was insane! Once I had written the script, then I had to put together a crew, and I pretty much took care of all the technical aspects myself. I did everything from being the director, to data management and post production, VFX and 3D modelling, and even the liquid simulations and colour correction. It was really difficult, and I think I pulled it off quite well. The green screen turned out amazing!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Honestly, the music just pops into my head and I take it from there. I do often start by laying down a simple beat, and then I might add some guitars or bass, then other instruments, then go back and add in some drum fills... it's like a making sculpture. Once I have my block of stone, I just chip away at it until It's done.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The hardest part is standing out from the crowd. Technology has made music production and distribution way easier, but the biggest challenge is not getting lost in the sea of content that's out there. You have to be memorable and make people want to look you up... and
that's not an easy task.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would have to choose Veruca Salt, just because I'm such a huge fan of their music. That way I could watch them play at every show on the tour, like the fanboy I am.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I'm doing everything in the studio right now, so I'm not doing any live shows. All the venues are closed anyway, because to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Writing has always come really easy to me, but the most challenging song I've produced so far was "S.O.B. (Song Of a Bitch)". I had to learn all the technical aspects of music production, and there's so much to know! It wasn't easy for me because I'm a very right brain thinker. I dedicated a lot of time and effort to learning how to do it myself, and I'm really proud of how it turned out.
What's coming up in the future?
Since I already have a lot of songs written, I plan to record and release more singles until I have enough for an album. Then, because I'm so fond of records, I'd really love to have it pressed onto vinyl. Not just regular black vinyl either, but something really colourful. I think putting out a brightly coloured vinyl record would be totally Cool Ass!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Stream on Spotify.