Our man on a mission is picking up the gloves once again to hit the ring when he’s hitting us with his sounds from left to right with his upcoming project, Prodigal Son. With consecutive knockouts of production unheard of in Miami, in the meantime Miami Marci is ready to knock us out with the interview he had the opportunity to have with me and do it for the culture one more round. By the time you fully know who Miami Marci is you’re going to wish that if Miami ever does sink, you better get on an island with Miami Marci supplying the heat. So with that said reach the boat to paradise or you’ll be swimming with the sharks.
305: Your consistent clear sounding projects have produced waves in people’s ears and your name is very common to people from the 305. So my first question is: How do you keep your level of creativity and remain consistent in your work?
I just try to stay true to myself, as cliche as that may sound. I know what I like, and I have a good idea of what people like, so I try to stay between those two ideas and commit to something that I feel is really cool. Everyone has some creative blocks they run into here and there, but I think you have to just have faith in your skills over anything.
Tell me about your last venue at The Void, what actually is The Void for those that don’t know and how did it go last Saturday night?
Oh man, it was awesome. Super live. The Void is actually this really dope event series thrown by my family Sean Bang and a bunch of other super creative people. It’s been held at LMNT in Midtown and it’s this awesome fusion of art, cool music, and just cool everything. It was super fun and people told me they had a great time so I was excited about that.
From the locals that attended The Void and many other venues you have performed in what are some standout performances that you have played at or attended here in Miami?
Definitely the ones that stand out the most to me would be without a doubt the entire Trap Paradise event series we created. That was something that was so organic at the time, and literally watching my idea come to life through my tastes and influences was just too awesome for me to put into words, honestly. It changed the city for sure. Another performance that was incredible for me was being a part of the Crossfaded Tour here in Miami with Two 9, Worlds Fair, Metro Boomin, and a few other awesome artists. That one was really special because the entire Two 9 gang are good friends of mine from the time I spent in Atlanta during college, so that energy was just crazy. I got to see friends and party in my city all in one shot, so it was definitely super fun. I enjoy every performance, though. All of them. As far as attending and going to performances, I enjoy every performance from every artist I ever fall through to see in the city. It takes a lot for creatives and artists to just bear all and perform, so just to be a part of those moments with other artists in Miami is really cool, too.
Performing at the top places to be, are there any people that have encouraged you on your journey all over Miami?
For sure. There have definitely been people extremely encouraging and inspirational and I’m thankful for all those people past and present, AND all the people reading, listening, talking, sharing, whatever it is around me and what I’m doing. I’m very grateful, for real. People don’t have to recognize you for anything that you do, especially being so occupied with their own missions in life. That’s why I try to encourage as many people as possible and inspire people to follow what it is that they love or what makes them really happy.
Aside from this remarkable talent in music, you assisted Lebron James in opening the lifestyle space that is UNKNWN today, what were some things that you learned from such an experience that you translated into your music and life?
Man, that was literally such a vivid experience in my life, it’s crazy. Aside from music, I’ve always been into sneakers, into design, into technology and anything creatively related. Helping Lebron and all of his family and friends to create that kind of an impact in my hometown, was something I’m super thankful for. I learned so many life lessons in such a short time, but if I had to pick a few, some of the most relevant things would be things like how valuable connecting with people is. When you care about people, and you’re passionate about what it is you’re doing, that resonates with people and it goes a lot further than just your store, your shoes, your song, your party, or whatever it may be. I try to keep that in my music and everything that I do, actually. The fact that we created a space to add to the lifestyle culture that Miami has, and how I got the chance to be deeply involved I was in the founding process is something I’m so grateful for and wouldn’t change for anything. I met a lot of beautiful and awesome new friends, so it was great.
Do you have any other personal stories that have motivated you to set the bar higher for yourself and other people?
A lot of people don’t know this, but I was actually in a car accident where the car I was a passenger in flipped six times. After that happened to me and I got out of the car literally without a scratch on me, I realized that life is literally a blink. You have to make everything count. Put God first, don’t take the gift that life is for granted, and be the best at whatever it is you’re passionate about because everything can be gone literally in a second. My father always told me “it’s a lot of ‘pretty-good’s. You don’t wanna be another ‘pretty good.’” That always stuck with me so I just always try to keep everything maxed out and be an example. Steve Jobs told us to “be a yardstick of quality” so I’m on that, for sure.
Let’s go deep on this one: I found out that you lived and studied in Georgia for about 4 years, can you tell me who you were and who you have become after those formative years? What has kept with you all this time?
Man, I left Miami in the summer of 2007 and I was literally 17 just graduating. I was about to start college up there and I was excited, but at the same time I literally knew not one person, like in a movie. Now it’s my second home. I was up there everywhere form Zone 6 by campus, to Clayco where Flocka was at around that time, to Marietta, to Edgewood, everywhere. Atlanta was such an awesome, fun, life-changing time for me that I feel like it completely impacted the person I am today, and it’s funny because I could have never predicted I’d have been in Atlanta out of all the places I thought I might have been for college. I met so many awesome people, so many creatives, and a lot of those people are at the center of what we like and rock with today. A lot of it. It’s almost surreal because these are literally some of my peers making awesome progress and to see everyone succeeding is really dope. I was always fond of the culture Atlanta had from the outside looking in, as far as the music they were making and the impact on music that they were causing. Moving there and being around all of these people that literally are dictating the climate of what’s going on definitely gave me a deeper facet and understanding of not just myself, but also life in general, really.
So I must ask: What are some quotes, books, or films that have made Miami Marci who he is?
I’m a book fiend, so I read literally everyday, but anything Robert Greene is a wave, especially MASTERY. He would have to be one of my favorite authors but you know we have to go with the Scarface for the choice movie. It really just showcases all the reasons I love my city, and plus that was a relevant time period for my parents as well, doing music here in the city in that era and everything else that was going on. It also showed you what the money can do, good and bad. Plus, Pacino is a G every time.
Coming from a long way, what are your thoughts on where your music is headed and can you spill some secrets on Prodigal Son, your upcoming next project?
I definitely plan on doing a lot. I see myself producing records for the most influential artists in music, and I see that happening very soon. I’m not necessarily defined by a genre because I can create any kind of music, so that’s something I plan on maximizing on a lot. Dance and Electronic music, especially. My parents pioneered an entire new sound of Dance music from Miami that literally changed music, so I plan on standing on that and putting my sound and Miami Bass back in the festivals, on the dance floor, on the radio, everywhere. It’s already there with the influences from Jersey Club music, and just dance music in general, but I’m stabbing that flag in the ground because that’s literally my bloodline and who I am. You can already hear and see the influences, so instead of being upset about it or whatever, I’m glad that my ideas and my wave in general can inspire people to be better at what THEY love to do. Beyond that, just focusing on getting better and better sonically, scoring film and TV, and just being a better person.
Prodigal Son is something I’m really, really excited about. It’s an EP that’s releasing this fall, and it’s something extremely close to me because this is the first time that people will be able to catch hints of me vocally, as well as really experience what my world really sounds like when it comes to music. It’s something that everyone is gonna find something that they connect to. I’ve worked really hard on it, and it’s especially great because it’s honest music. These are the life experiences of my self and the people closest to me, and it marks a super vivid moment in my life that I felt like I wanted to share and creatively express. It’s literally the soundtrack and storyline to what’s going on around me right now. It’s sounding better and better everyday, so I’ve pushed it back twice because I’m extremely picky when it comes to these things but I’m so excited for people to hear it because I feel like nothing sounds like this, no one sounds like me, and no one is standing in this lane I have, so it’s just time.
Knowing the important piece your music plays in this city; talk to me about the role Miami culture is playing in culture right now.
I’m super humbled and thankful to look at stuff now and be able to see myself as a contributor to the city. As far as Miami’s influence on things, It’s major. Everyone wants to party like us, everyone wants to live fast like us, everyone wants to sound like us. It’s not even a new thing, we’ve been bitten a lot. I’m sure every city can say this about certain aspects of their city and what people take from it, but when it comes to Miami, it’s definitely obvious within music. Will.i.AM can’t get enough of “sampling” Miami music, and you saw what Luke’s voice did to rap again with “Pop That.” Everybody knows there aren’t many places like Miami in the world so it makes sense, but it’s relevant. If it’s not the sound, we’re definitely the spot to be at and congregate for music. With ULTRA, the music conferences, and the clubs, Miami is definitely a location and it’s the place where the latest and newest international music is being debuted and swapped.
From the looks of things where do you see Miami headed in the future?
I see it getting very big, very soon. Within the next few years. It’s already considered a major city, but as far as “The Map” and development and all of those things, it’s about to be amplified in a second. After LeBron came and did his thing, and the events that we’ve helped create, as well as all of the super dope creatives that are really repping Miami every single day with their projects and efforts, it’s about to be a bigger deal. Miami has always been the place to be, but I think that has the opportunity to be that much more obvious.
Is there anything Miamians and fellow creative’s can do better to push our culture to the world?
The first thing that comes to mind for me is really looking out for the other artists in your city, as far as supporting them and making them feel the way you’d want people to make you feel around your creations, or your art, or whatever. Like I said earlier, it takes a lot for an artist to even LIVE LIFE as an artist, let alone finally get those creative ideas out and show you. So I think that in order to push our culture to the world, everybody has to get behind the big ass rock that is Miami and push it at the same time. We can all dance around the rock and say “We run this, we did that, blah blah”, but at the end of the day, if a city isn’t supporting their own artists, then the rock is gonna sit there and it’s gonna be just local music for local people doing local things. One thing about Atlanta in my experience there, even if some of their artists beef for a second or whatever, everyone’s pulling up on each other’s sessions and recording and creating moments in those rooms that people can’t deny. Because of that, they cut their own lane and damn near took over everything, even right now. When I was in Atlanta from ’07 and up, the main rap records were Atlanta records for the most part. It’s the same way now, almost even more severe. Miami was on the scene and hitting them too with all the Khaled/Ross/Wayne records, and shoutout to all those bosses for doing that collectively, but that was basically a clique of established artists helping themselves out and each other out. Not to say that the “on” artists aren’t doing enough to help the locals or anything like that, but everybody realistically knows what it is, and what it can be when it comes to that situation.
Now the last question, what do you love most living in Miami and seeing this all take shape?
Of course along with all of the cliche reasons like the weather and the beach and so on, Miami has one of the most beautiful juxtapositions of people and lifestyles that I don’t think many other places in the world can say they have. Not many. There’s so many facets to living in Miami that people don’t see. Everybody just sees “South Beach”, but that’s literally such a small part of my city that it’s almost funny. I get it though, because it’s just beautiful. I used to visit home from college in Atlanta and instantly not wanna go back once I’m on the 195, or especially on Ocean. You have so many beautiful cultures of people, and it’s interesting because in Miami you have every one living here together and everyone has their lanes, but it’s really cohesive as far as how everybody relates to everybody. Seeing all of this develop and knowing the impact my parents made on this city back when, it’s really really cool to start to see me make an impact, and see the path start to form in the direction of me really making a difference and influencing the influencers, so I just thank God everyday and ask Him to just help me get better at what’s going on and what I’m doing.
Any last words to other creative’s pursuing their dreams or fellow individuals you will like to shout out?