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Marcelo Maccagnan

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 really got into music around high school. I was listening to a lot of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, 90s rock in general and I can say that Flee from RHCP was the reason why I chose to play bass. Back then I had a teacher that was a wonderful guitar and bass player and he introduced me to Weather Report and Jaco Pastorius. And it was then that I knew I wanted to do music and write music. It took many years for me to be able to absorb all the music and life experience to get to the point of writing the music I write now, but at least I can say I'm writing the music that I love the most and enjoy listen to.

Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?

I once had a gig that I will never forget. I was playing for another artist, a pianist, and unfortunately our drummer had to drop out last minute and the band leader had to hire a last minute drummer. To keep the story short, the new drummer was not prepared at all and probably never played music of that genre - jazz - and the whole performance was surreal and I felt like I was stuck in time, waiting for the gig to end.

What has been the high point of your music path?

I like to think that releasing my albums are the high point of my music. I got to play with some great artists over the year, but the feeling of working on your own music and having it released is beyond everything else. I'm very proud of each release.

So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?

I like to always feature the bass on my compositions somehow. So most of the time I'm writing riffs or melodies on my bass. I also like to write on the guitar, and I think that creates a whole aesthetic vibe to my music. Its very Riff heavy and guitar/bass focused. A lot of times I have an idea that I record on my phone for using later. And when I feel the urge to compose I go to my phone which is full of small ideas and start a song from there.

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?

Nowadays the most important thing is to keep releasing new music somehow. And not only that, most of the time you want to release new music with some kind of video for attracting more people. So I would say the biggest challenge is not to release the music or even write it. It's to have the budget to finance all this. But having said that, having to constantly release new music is also a great push for musicians to keep working on their craft and skills.

If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?

Being that my music is mostly instrumental - with the exception of this last release (Creatures of Habit) - I tend to lean more towards playing with other instrumental acts. One of my favorites bands is Kneebody. Opening for them would be a dream. I also been listening to this amazing UK band called "Animal Society". I feel our styles are similar but also different enough to sound good together. They have great instrumental music.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?

I'm very lucky to be able to play with my band every week. It happens that the musicians are also my closest friends and we do a lot of music together all the time. So most of the time the "Rehearsals" are just them coming over to my place and playing some improvised music or one of my tunes or anything that comes to mind. I'm very not pick and not a perfectionist at all. I like my live shows to be whatever happens in the moment. A lot of times we play a tune a take it to a completely different place and just improvise for 10 min on it non stop. It's all very open to the moment.

Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!

"Land of No Heroes" from my previous album "Boundless" was quite a challenge. Even though the song is a very simple progression of 2 chords for the whole song. Making the 2 chords not sound boring and repetitive was very challenging and required a lot of work for me to figure out what I wanted to hear. At the end I'm quite happy with the result.

What's coming up in the future?

I plan to keep releasing music and creating new albums. After this Single the full Album will be released and then after that I have a plan on releasing a Solo Bass album.

Tell us where fans can access your music?




About Marcelo Marccagnan

Brazilian bassist Marcelo Maccagnan has established himself as an exciting bandleader and in-demand sideman on the New York scene.

Growing up playing a whole range of styles - rock, electronic music, Brazilian, pop - he took the opportunity of studying at Berklee in Boston to immerse himself fully in the jazz genre.

The result is a truly authentic fusion of sounds which, whilst modern and electric, never loses sight of the improvisation and communication central to jazz.

Find more about Marcelo at https://marcelomaccagnan.com

Stream Marcelo's music on Soundcloud


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