Discovering Stephan Marcellus
After debuting Stephan Marcellus' new single 'Puppeteer' last month, we got the chance to meet up with the daring artist to discuss his process, and what's next going forward for him.
What was the big moment when you decided music was what you wanted to do?
It goes in stages for me, I was in the 4th grade and I watched a movie called double platinum with Diane Ross and Brandy, I reenacted the studio scene, and everyone was telling me that I could sing, and the big moment when I decided I was going to make music my career was when I was working at Hollister, I was traveling back in forth from DC to NYC, I would get on a bus travel to DC do a show or practice in the studio, and then have to open to store the next morning. I did this for a year, I quit because I felt like I wasn't doing what I wanted to do, I did everything I was suppose to do, and now it's time for me to live for me.
What was your creative process behind puppeteer?
The first time I performed puppeteer live I told everyone to envision their guilt or pain put it in a bag and imagine someone whom you love telling you it's okay and that you can let it go. Also trusting them to show you how to let go. My creative process starts with me getting a melody and however the melody of the song makes me feel is how I would start writing to it.
How was it decided this song would be your first debut single?
I decided for Puppeteer to be my first single because, it's vulnerable and naked it's terrifying in a way that when I performed it, I always get nervous. I think standing in your vulnerability inspires a change for people to chose to be better, I choose to sing about the vulnerability of men I think that's real and needed.
What advice would you give for emerging artists trying to break into the music industry?
Be honest, we are taught that there is a certain sound,and look that attracts people, if there is a purpose behind what you do, that should work. The artist around now, are true to themselves, as a culture we are looking for that, something that's real and authentic I want to give that advice to emerging artists.
What's coming up next you?
I have a couple of shows coming up, and I am currently working on finishing my EP which will be released in the Fall.