When it comes to making a difference in the music business and the globe, Mars Valencia is doing it with one song at a time.
After five years of studying music production, and business, and developing his own identity as an artist, Mars has become one of the most successful British artists ever in his field. He’s back today with another masterpiece, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll like each and every one of them.
At the Music Arena Gh, he discussed his creative path, as well as the release of his latest EP “Forgive Me,” which he premiered.
Mars Valencia’s tale is told in “Forgive Me” There are no love songs on this EP by purpose; instead, the dark dismal vibes describe why Mars and his ex broke up and the consequences of his actions. Mars had a nice gal, but he wanted more. That’s the message in the song.
Mars uses ‘Forgive Me’ to apologise to his Ex, but he has no remorse. In the closing song, ‘Praying For My Ex,’ a voicemail from his ex is heard, making this EP even more intimate and authentic.
Unlike generic music, these are songs with true feelings attached to them.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
I’ll give you my real name later on as I want to build m brand around my stage name which is of course Mars Valencia.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’ve been making music for 7 years now, started out producing as I wanted to make beats for myself and once I got better at that I started working on my vocals. I’ve always had an ear for music, during my late teens I suffered from depression which led me to use music as a means of escape.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first project titled ‘Welcome to Mars’ was me testing the waters, making mistakes and showing people where I’m at and what I’m trying to achieve. This project is me showing my progression.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
My music reflects my real life, inspiration wise I like how artistic The weekend gets, from the rollout to the live shows, everything he does is at a very high level. I aspire to treat my artistry with such respect.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
Nowadays in London, everyone says they do music, so I only told my friends once I knew I had something good to share with them. They are now some of my biggest supporters.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Some days self-doubt creeps in, I’m aware that the music is good enough for people to enjoy but I’ll have my artist moments and be hyper-critical of myself. Funding music can also be very expensive so I don’t have time for anything else but it’s the life I chose so I have no complaints.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has opened the doors for anyone to get into the music industry, which I think is an amazing thing. Gone are the days you had to get signed first, now you can make it independent all thanks to the internet, it really does take just one song.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
The biggest advice I can give is to take the time first to learn your craft and stay humble, there’s always something new you can learn.
What is your current project about?
Simply put “Forgive Me” is about the right girl at the wrong time and everything that happens after.
What does this song mean to you?
“Praying for my ex” is probably the most personal song on the project as it features a voice note from my real-life ex. The second half of the song was freestyled in one take such as the raw emotion at the time. We went back and changed one or two words here or there but everything you hear in that song is genuine and true.
What are your hobbies?
My other hobbies include travelling, gym, I do a little bit of acting on the side and playing football when I get the chance, just normal everyday things really.
What do you do aside from this profession?
As I said in the hobbies question, I do a bit of travelling. I’ve lived in China for 6 months and I go to Spain whenever I can. I love London but I try to see some new things while I’m still young enough to enjoy it all. I was then come back inspired to create some new music.
What is one message you would give to your fans?