Self-taught multi-instrumentalist and Ohio native Marcus Alan Ward spent years performing in as many bands as possible, but has now settled on releasing music under his own name. We spoke to Marcus following the release of his new single ‘Faster’.
‘Faster’ is kind of a parallel to Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette’, just being along for the ride.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
I was attracted to music just kind of naturally. I don’t come from a musical family or anything but as a youth I was just trying out a ton of different things and music just stuck. I got a guitar for Christmas and I really just stopped doing anything else.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
In high school and middle school I was checking out a wide array of sounds. Some huge influences were Marvin Gaye, Radiohead, The Mars Volta, James Brown, Bjork, TV On The Radio.
You’ve a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. What can you play?
Guitar, piano, bass, drums, drum programming.
You’ve moved on from releasing music as Freeze-Tag to using your own name. How would you describe your style? Has it changed?
The name change really opened me up to make any music I wanted to make for years on. At the time of Freeze-Tag, I was making bedroom electronic music and I felt the name was very genre specific.
Tell us about your new single ‘Faster’ - what’s is about?
‘Faster’ is about being intrigued by a self destructive person, whether it be a friend or a loved one. In this case it’s a girl and the metaphor of a her driving a fast car was used. It’s kind of a parallel to Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette’, just being along for the ride.
When did you write it and when did you record it?
‘Faster’ was self recorded at my studio I’d built in my house over the winter. The making of the song really tied in to me building my first studio setup, and the completion of both gave me a great sense of self accomplishment. The song was written in preparation for summer 2018 and brought those bright, colorful vibes to the studio in the dead of winter.
How does it build on your previous releases?
‘Faster’ recalls back to the sound of my very first release (‘WLDFLWR_HNY’) - thick and vibrant electronic music while still being really musical.
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
We are announcing fall tour dates really soon!
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I’d love to get Sade on a record. That’d be a dream.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Tough to say, I really don’t feel like I know anything yet!
Watch the video for ‘Faster’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to marcusalanward.com.