Now that he's getting the respect he deserves as a hit-maker, DJ Marley Waters has unveiled plans for his single as a solo artist, with 'Wine Pon It’. We caught up with Waters to find out more about his musical journey.
JAMusic:Music lovers globally will always be looking for that new, impeccable sound that can be looked upon as leaders of the new wave of vocalists. How would you define a musical genius that can eventually become a vocal leader?
MW: Genius is a relative term but, I'm all about making waves so, I just make music that feels good to me &, those who want that “feel good” vibe with the sound.
JAMusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles?
MW: Life is a chance, birth is a blessing. God granted me a gift. Its only right, I use my gift and life experience to narrate my script.
JAMusic: Before entering the world of music, what life events framed the path of your professional journey?
MW: I was born an entertainer. Performing at such a young age. Growing up in the church. Feeling a higher power through the aid of spiritual energy and music. Watching my dad's love for music & his journey as a musician. Losing my best friend, DJ Henry, was tough. After that, I was committed to use my voice for a higher purpose.
JAMusic: What elements do you hold that’ll define you as an entertainer as oppose to just another artiste?
MW: My authenticity, delivery & approach to performing. Paying attention to the details, paying homage, and being diverse within the world of music.
JAMusic: What's the biggest risk you've taken artistically; one that went over surprisingly well and one that might've gone over people's heads?
MW: Dropping out of college with just a year left until graduation. I left everything and everyone. Moved to LA with $200 bucks. The next move was taking my talents to South Beach here in Miami. No one really knows what or why I moved to Miami. However, we shall show the world. #NuKingdom
JAMusic: What do you consider to be the greatest obstacle that you had overcome in achieving your current status?
MW: Overcoming The fear. After losing my best friend to police homicide and my ex girlfriend to a suicide, I was hesitant about how far I would even make it. But then I realized my purpose is bigger. I’m here for a reason and I cant stop until change is made!
JAMusic: Who's the artiste that keeps you on your toes? Pushes you to go harder?
MW: Honestly, I'm self-motivated. So I'm always pushing my own boundaries.
JAMusic: What would you consider to be the greatest contributor to your musical diversity and versatility?
MW: My own life experience, personal encounters & my travels.
JAMusic: How does your musical influences compound when you are sitting to write a song and record it? / Apart from them being timeless, what drew you to all the artistes that influence your sound?
MW: I am a student of this game. Any music, no matter the genre, if it’s truly innovative art, I can easily become influenced.
JAMusic: What's one song that you hold close to you because of a particular line or better yet what's the most philosophical quote you've heard in a song that you hold close to your heart?
MW: “The World wasn’t made for one man to rule alone” - Nas
JAMusic: We live in an era where the average person's attention span is limited to what they want to see or hear. What are you doing differently that will hold their attention?
MW: Staying consistent and being true to Quality.
JAMusic: With success comes a lot of negative feedback, how do you react or deal with negativity?
MW: I love criticism. I have an open heart and no feelings towards negativity. Now disrespect is another issue…
JAMusic: When you look to the future, what are some of the areas you’d like to change professionally and personally?
MW: As I mentioned, I am a student to this game. Im also young. As long as I stay a student and about my business, I will continue to evolve in all areas.
JAMusic: What insight can you give on the power of music and its ability to communicate certain messages verbally and non-verbally? And what do you think your music represent?
MW: Music is the universal language. It has no borders or prejudice. That's what my music represents.
JAMusic: What's the purpose on your musical journey? What's the message you're trying to give?
MW: Live, Love Laugh & Learn. Be as Free as you want to feel.
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