Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we have an amazing musician/songwriter who is the creator of “Cool Ass” band and his name is “Marc Marut”. Not only is Marc a musician/songwriter, but 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”. Marc does all the composing, recording, and audio engineering himself.
We have recently got in touch with Marc who answered some of the most interesting queries about his music and upcoming projects. So, Let’s get to know about this amazing multi-talented artist, about his challenges as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name’s Marc Marut, and I release my music under the name Cool Ass. It’s an upbeat rock that’s very reminiscent of 90’s alternative. The style is hard-hitting, toe-tapping, and gets people moving as much as the lyrics get them laughing.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
Being a teenager in the ’90s, I’m heavily influenced by the style of music for that time period. Bands like Nirvana and Veruca Salt, but also the greats like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Music just pops into my head, and I have to share it with the world.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
One time I was performing at a pub with my strat, and I played a blues solo that was just perfect in the moment. I got to know the regulars there really well, and that performance blew them away. It’s too bad that pub is no longer there, because it was a really magical place.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
One time I was doing a fundraising event on TV, and I forgot the lyrics to the song I was singing. So I silently lip-synced made-up words instead… I almost gave the sound guy a heart attack! It looked like a technical failure to the viewers, and I came out unscathed.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
I would love to collaborate with Nina Gordon and Louise Post from Veruca Salt. I love their style, and have dreamed of working with them ever since I was a teenager. I was very inspired by their vocal harmonies.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Have a kid! My son keeps me grounded, otherwise, I’d never eaten and I’d work and play music twenty-four seven.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
For me was learning the technical aspects of music production. It’s one thing to compose music and play it, but to get everything to sit well together in a mix is a completely different ball game. Fortunately, I’m stubborn as hell, and I can overcome a lot of obstacles based on sheer determination.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I find recording myself is the best way to improve. When I’m in the moment it feels great, but the true test is how something sounds when it’s played back. I just keep going till it sounds like I want, and that makes me get better.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
Mostly just a guitar and an amp, maybe a couple of pedals. I keep it as simple as possible when I’m practising. I’m lazy, and don’t want to set up too much equipment… practising has to be fun!
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Follow your heart and never give up. After all, a champion has failed more times than most people have ever tried! Go do what you love, make mistakes, and learn from them. And most of all, believe in yourself!
So, this was “Marc Marut”. Want to know how you can follow him online? Then, check out the link below: