The past few years have left us all thinking about life and the world in a way we perhaps never would have had the pandemic not hit, but such thinking isn’t a bad thing. Blue Mar has made it a key focus of his debut solo album ‘The March Hare’, a collection which not only explores and addresses key issues of the world and our global response to them but is also littered with reminders and notes of hope and optimism for a better, brighter future. Currently touring around Los Angeles, Mar spoke to XS Noize about the album and his goals for the months ahead.
How would you describe your sound and style in a few words?
Gritty, guitar-driven sound with a lot of vintage references.
How did you come up with the title of your debut album, ‘The March Hare’? Is there any particular significance to it?
I was intrigued by the title 'The March Hare’ for numerous reasons. It was during this month that we first noticed COVID 19's effects. Lewis Carroll's literary nonsensical masterpiece "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" comes to mind when thinking of a peek of what would inevitably lead to the entire world flipping upside down! I’m also a March baby, so it just made perfect sense.
What did producers Fabio Pinczowski and Mauro Motoki bring to the creative process?
Fabio and Mauro are both extremely talented and experienced. They were able to help contribute in so many ways- especially in bringing my vision to life in such an easy and organic way.
The album addresses several important issues, notably raising questions and suggesting theories and ideas about the world we live in - was that an intentional choice, particularly given the last few years, or just something you felt drawn to write about?
I think for me, it was a mix of the pandemic and my experiences travelling. I realised that no matter where I am in the world, whether in Brazil, London or the US. We all have similarities and issues that we face daily. We’re so different yet so alike.
Which song on the album would you say is your favourite and why?
It’s forever changing, but currently, I’d say “Eulogy for Rohith Vemula.” It has a special meaning, and it’s still quite new and fresh!
Given that this is a collection of songs with importance and meaning at heart, what do you want people to learn or take from the album when they hear it?
That it’s important to keep hard conversations going, even if it’s by means of creative expression.
With the world having returned to some semblance of normality, which includes live shows taking place again, will you be touring in support of the album?
Yes! I am currently on a mini-tour in Los Angeles, and I will play at The Rockwood Music Hall in New York on June 5th.
Personally and professionally, how do you feel about social media? It's been a helpful tool in helping people stay connected during the pandemic, but particularly in this industry, do you think there's maybe too much reliance on it?
It's a difficult one. Without question, social media has been one of the primary causes of poor mental health, body dysmorphia, and other issues, particularly among today's youth. It's both a blessing and a curse for a musician. It's awesome that we can easily share our work across all platforms and discover new artists. However, there is also the pressure to keep up with trends, remain "relevant," and be consistent.
Finally, are there any other plans or projects you can tease for the months ahead? What's next on your list of ambitions and goals to achieve?
I'm currently on tour for the next few months; I’ll be on tour in Europe from August. I have a special treat in store for you in a few weeks! My current goal is to perform at numerous festivals across Europe.
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