Robert Flores A Mexican producer and musician who is currently based in Los Angeles has just released his debut solo single. His song “El FIN DEL MUNDO” discusses the early stages of a relationship when you would die for that person but don’t want to freak them out. So you make an effort to maintain a low profile.
Having a strong musical background with the guitar and bass skills he’s been honing for more than ten years, Marco uses contemporary pop production methods finishing with a sad but uplifting indie pop song. Check out his latest single and the exclusive interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?
MARCO FLORES: I was born and raised in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Music has always been a focal point in my life, but it became my life purpose when I started writing song at the age of 13.
2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
MARCO FLORES: I started taking classical guitar lessons when I was 10.I got to learn music theory and that gave me the skills to make my own music.
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘MARCO FLORES’?
MARCO FLORES: Well, that is my actual name. As for the influences. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock like The Beatles, ACDC, mixed with music from the 2000s like Gorillaz.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
MARCO FLORES: I always try to use the music as a setting or the context of the song. Like how photography in film sets the tone and emotion of the script. My sound relies heavy on that. Also, my music is very guitar driven.
6. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative, and entertainment?
Music and art in general are the biggest vehicles for society to demand and change things. Whether you think that change is good or bad. I haven’t written anything “confrontational” enough. But if the right situation happens where my voice would be helpful to the cause I’ll do it.
7. Do you feel that your music is giving you back just as much fulfilment as the amount of work you are putting into it, or are you expecting something more, or different in the future?
Having a song finished and put out there is fulfillment enough as long as 1 person besides me likes it. Of course the more the merrier haha. I understand that reaching out to more people means working harder everyday but I’m willing to go the extra mile if it means growing the community.
8. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head? And do you collaborate with others in this process?
It varies from song to song. Usually, I start with a melody and a solid concept. from there i try to play the melody in different instruments and build from there. I like to be spontaneous when writing. It gives me momentum and after throwing all these ideas I pair it up with the concept. Trying to always keep the intention.
9. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
MARCO FLORES: Moving from Mexico to Los Angeles has been the biggest thing I’ve done for my career. Even though it wasn’t the easiest in the beginning, I’m glad I went through with it since it has given me a lot of precious opportunities.
10. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?
MARCO FLORES: I think I’m at a “starting” point in my artist career, so I don’t freak out if my music doesn’t have the reach that I wanted to. I have faith that the more music I put out and the more I promote it will make a significant impact in the future.
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