TranceFixxed – Do you have any other Christmas traditions?
Marcie – Boston does a fabulous job decorating the city for the coldest, darkest days of winter. It’s magical to walk around the parks to sight see, and then warm up with hot cocoa…with marshmallows, (lots of marshmallows)!
TranceFixxed – As we’re only a couple of weeks from Christmas, are you all ready and prepared, or do you like to leave everything till the last minute?
Marcie – I am not much of a shopper, to be honest, so I avoid those crowds. I try to get my work done ahead of time this time of year to allow for as much time with my friends and family as possible.
TranceFixxed – For your latest release ‘Keep Us Alive’ you collaborated with up-and-coming Bulgarian Trance producer Vladimir Nikolov aka Vla-D. What do you look for when choosing songs / artists to work with?
Marcie – Vla-D did a stunning job writing music for my pre-existing acapella. Not many producers can do that in a way that produces such an organic relationship between topline and the rest of the track. He really stunned me.
In general, I aim to work only with skilled artists who are dedicated to their art form and to open communication. I’m not interested in games or popularity contests. When choosing a collaborator, it isn’t easy to know who is going to focus on the work itself and who has darker motivations, but I feel that through both good and bad experiences, I’ve come to have a great core group that I work with now. I trust their abilities and I admire their work ethics and values and I feel free to write the music I feel most connected to. I trust them with the technical and emotional aspects of songwriting.
TranceFixxed – To me, writing lyrics and songs sounds a really quite difficult task Do you write the lyrics to all your music, or work with a team of people?
Marcie – I write the lyrics to most of my songs. It can be challenging, but capturing multiple layers of emotions in one phrase is quite therapeutic for me, and I would do it even if no one ever heard any of my songs. I have sung lyrics written by others from time to time, and am always open to doing so because I enjoy bringing my interpretation to the collaboration and opening myself up to new ideas. I learned to sing, and found my own style by singing work written and performed by others. I tend to write alone in my studio often, but I would never be happy working entirely alone. Music is all about a balanced give and take with others.
TranceFixxed – Do you ever get songwriter’s block? What inspires you to write music?
Marcie – I create in one form or another every day, and as such, I have confidence that there is a well of inspiration that never runs dry. There are always more ideas, it’s just a matter of staying open to them and not letting fear, stress, or the inner critic block the creative channels. Imagination is a muscle that can be exercised or stifled. I’m inspired by anything and everything, and sometimes I have more ideas than I know what to do with. They may not all be good ideas, but I keep an open mind because some ideas come in a sudden a-ha! moment, and some simmer for awhile and have to wrestled with before developing in a way I am happy with.
TranceFixxed – You’ve worked with a variety of different artists over the years and produced a number of different genres of Electronic music. Do you have a favorite genre of Electronic music?
Marcie – I don’t have a favorite. A good song in any genre is a good song. I’ve heard poorly produced tracks that contain brilliant ideas, and million dollar produced tracks that strike me as derivative schlock. There is no set formula for what makes a song good.
TranceFixxed – Other vocal artists I have spoken to have been keen to stress the importance of the VSA (Vocalist Songwriters Alliance) and the important job it is doing fighting for their corner in the cut-throat music industry. Have you ever needed the help of the VSA to resolve disputes about royalties etc.?
Marcie – I’m the East Coast Representative for VSA, and have dedicated time to the organization because I agree with its core philosophy. I admire the brave founders and members who have been strong, fair, and intelligent about speaking up against injustice in the business. I’m happy to be part of a group that is not afraid to show support for our peers and colleagues. Life is too short and art is too beautiful to waste time, karma, and energy being cut-throat. I wish VSA existed earlier as I could have used their help to resolve disputes over the years, and I do rely on the VSA nowadays to help set a standard for contracts and accountability. I hope artists will realize they are worth more than the monetary value labels and corporations place on them.
TranceFixxed – EML Recordings have recently launched a Remix Competition of ‘Muse’, which you produced with Osvaldo Nugroho. Do you like hearing other people remixing and reinterpreting your work?
Marcie – I do! This is the, I think, third remix contest I’ve been involved in. Each time, I’ve walked away with at least a few new contacts and solid reinterpretations of my work. In fact, I have an upcoming album with Ukrainian producers Bozon Higgs, and I originally met them through a remix contest. They brought a very unique take to my release ‘Ocean Wave’ with Aurosonic, and I’ve been in touch with them ever since. I can’t say enough good things about EML Recordings. It is one of the few labels out there whose modus operandi I respect.