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BtR: The music in The Marica Frequency is unique to the folk genre. Who are the members who complete this project?
MF: There's three of us in all performing on the album Nursery Rhymes - myself (Christopher John Evans), Marisa Frantz and a German pianist who goes under the moniker of MINOR2GO.
BtR: You just put out an amazing album, which is a passionate contribution to the world of underground music. Tell us the story behind the art work, the album title, and song titles. What is the meaning behind this album?
MF: I started writing the album a couple of months after a family member passed away so most of the music covers that subject. The title is supposed to point to more innocent times - remembering people when they were young instead of remembering them when they were seriously ill. The artwork is actually taken from a picture of my youngest son, running towards a monument on top of Caerphilly mountain (Wales). The image just seemed to fit the title once I'd got the art side of things nailed.
BtR: Provide the readers a little insight as to what the recording process is like with The Marica Frequency.
MF: Well it's a bit of an organized mess really...because every musician included on Nursery Rhymes lives in a different country. I write and produce everything on a DIY basis in Wales - Marisa lives in the US. It's normally a case of me laying down the foundation tracks of a tune then sending them on to her. She's extremely talented, as you can hear on the album, so most of what she returns to me is a perfect fit. She seems to know what I'm aiming for every time, and she also knows a bit about audio engineering - which really helps the production process. The Marica Frequency will always be a bit of an evolving project - if a musician is needed one will be drafted in. On the next album an old band mate of mine looks like he'll be joining us - John baker.
BtR: Would you say that you were born with a musical gift and into a musical family or did you have to break some barriers? Did your parents help to inspire you to keep going at a young age?
MF: Born with a musical gift? I don't know about that really. My dad had thousands of cassettes and records displayed on shelves around the house - so I always had something new to listen to whenever I needed it. He also decided to learn the guitar with me when I was young - looking back that probably really helped my progress. I think I just had an overall love for music, and I found that writing songs was a lot more fun than learning someone else's music. I suppose it's down to creativity at the end of the day - some are willing to use it whilst others prefer to play it safe.
BtR: I believe that every musician who releases music to the world is an entrepreneur. Give us some insight to some of the things you have had to overcome in your music career. The lowest moment and the most successful moments.
MF: Well I think every musician has more than their fair share of low moments! I can remember playing a gig as a teenager when some guy came up to me and asked where the cigarette machine was - halfway through a song! You just sort of roll with it - keep believing better things are ahead for your music. The only way you can fail at it is by quitting - so it's up to you. To be honest with you, the moment that felt the most successful is when I Googled 'The Marica Frequency' after Nursery Rhymes had been released. All of a sudden I was confronted by a load of results from various indie music websites, radio setups and music stores - that's a pretty cool feeling.
BtR: If you had the power to change the music industry, what would you change? Where do you think the music industry will be in 20 years from now?
MF: The first thing I'd change would be the amount of manufactured 'artists' invading the whole setup. These types offer the music industry very little in the way of creativity and just take, take, take. A musician who is a songwriter makes music in the hope it will get heard. These TV artists make music for one reason only - they want to be famous. The X Factor, Pop Idol and the rest of these TV-based reality shows are not helping the strength of the music industry one bit. As far as where the music industry will be in 20 years time - I have no idea really! A really hard one to call.
BtR: So, you just released your first album under The Marica Frequency name. Have you had other projects with other releases for the readers to listen to? Where can we stream the latest album?
MF: Yeah, I've just released an album recorded about 4 years ago with John (Baker), who I mentioned earlier in this interview. We go under the band name of 'The Multides' and the album is titled 'I Have No Legs'. The album has been sitting there gathering dust - just sort of forgot about taking it any further. When I started listening to it again about a month back I realized how much potential it had - and I already had a distributor on board for Nursery Rhymes. I finished remastering it last week and handed it over to the distributor on Friday. It should start popping up in all the online stores like iTunes and Spotify within 3 to 4 weeks. Nursery Rhymes can be found on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nurseryrhymes/id1205840437 It's also available for streaming on Spotify...and hundreds of other online music stores across the globe.