I can’t count the amount of people in and around music who were excited about this artist called Marco, before this song came out.
The 18-year-old from Brisbane, who’s spent a lot of time recently (pre-COVID) in Los Angeles, had a couple of songs floating around on Spotify from his pre-adult years that built him an invested hometown audience, but the release he’s chosen to begin 2020 with is something else.
Harder To Breathe is an instantly impactful ballad about losing hope that’s instantly found itself across Australian radio and playlists. If you have not come across it yet, give it a whirl – the song is extremely good and below he tells us via Facetime from his bedroom in Brisbane about the song and the exciting time ahead.
Obviously there’s a seriousness to the nature of the world at the moment. But what we do have, what we will always have, is songs.
120%. You are bang on the money.
And you’ve got one of those songs. And people are now hearing it on the radio, which is fantastic.
I’m actually stoked. It feels pretty surreal hearing it on the radio.
This is really the first proper big release for you – I know you’ve been working on this shit for a while.
Yeah! We released two tracks before this, but this is the one that’s actually had the big radio push on it, which is sick. I’m actually stoked. Still when Mum hears it sometimes on the radio, she’ll tear up and still do the whole [WEEPING IMPRESSION] thing. Which is really sweet. That kind of makes everything worth it.
That’s when you really feel like you’re starting to make it, when your parents are hearing it on the radio and you’re getting that reaction. None of the other shit really matters until your parents see that this thing’s working.
It’s actually really nice to be able to have such supportive parents because I know that with some parents, it’s hard for them to see if it’s worthwhile. I’ve been really blessed that to be in the position I’m in at eighteen years old. Yeah, it comes with hard work but it also comes with the blessing of people actually listening to the work and people actually pushing it, which is amazing. I’m very thankful.
But none of that happens unless you’ve got a really good song, Marco.
It doesn’t. I always want to be like, “thank you so much,” but I genuinely really like the music. You shouldn’t really put music out if you don’t really love it. I love the music that I make and the team that I make the songs with.
People will have their opinions on songs, but sometimes there are songs that are just objectively very good. Harder To Breathe is one of them. I know you wrote it with Life Of Dillon, who had a massive Australian radio hit a few years ago with Overload.
Yes! The Life Of Dillon boys and Tom Eggert, he actually used to be my teacher back in high school. He was my teacher for Grade 11 and 12 and we wrote the last two tracks that I released and this one, he’s basically on every other track as well.
That’s such a cool story.
It’s cool. I always like to bring it up because he’s been such a big mentor and a big figure in my life for the start of my career and for the rest of my career, I love that man to death.
How was the school experience for you? I know for a lot of creatives, it wasn’t a perfect experience, it was a fractured experience for many, how was it for you?
I went to an all-boys school in Brisbane and that was cool. School’s different for everybody, you know, everybody takes out of it different things, like the relationships you have with people. What didn’t really fit me – and both my brothers finished there and it was a great school for them – but for me it was just a matter of finding my people. You know when you’ve got good friends or good working relationships or business relationships or any relationship, when you find that, you want to hold on to that because you gel really well with it. A big thing for me was moving to that school and building those relationships there, really.
Absolutely. It is a rare story, though. I feel like a lot of people do you know, when you put into a school environment, or reporting with specific people, rather than the people that you naturally gravitate towards, you’re not always going to get along with a lot of the people in that situation. But it’s good to know you’ve done a little bit of a little bit of cohesion with people.
Yeah, I mean, I’ve always found I’m generally friends with older people anyway. Tom’s twenty-eight, the Life Of Dillon boys are thirty, I’ve always always gravitated towards that sort of age group and learned from older people. It’s really cool.
I can hear it in the music as well. For a lot of people who are finding out about you for the first time through this, what’s the thirty second elevator pitch for Marco? What do we need to know about you and what you’ve got to say and what you’re going to continue to have to say this year?
I’m just some fuckin’ 18 year old from Brisbane, who… Literally my goal for this year is to play as many live shows as I can – I know this everything with the virus going on will interrupt that – but it’s about the next couple of years, just playing as many live shows as I can and connecting with as many people as I can online and offline. But the thing that I love the most is playing live to people because the amount of shows that I’ve done, when people are singing your lyrics back to you, it makes everything worth it. It makes all the time you spend in the studio, all the time mixing, all the time mastering, everything, worth it. The next couple of years are going to be massive and I’m really looking forward to doing that and meeting as many people as possible and building relationships, because I’m all about that.