Fresh off his burgeoning hit song “Eternally” being added to Sirius XM’s “Heart & Soul,” in addition to continuous play on Chicago’s V-103, D.C.’s, WHUR, 106 JAMZ in Kansas City, and Lexington, Kentucky’s The Beat, Twoguard Music Group artist Marwan (Soulflow) checks in with the rolling out 10 to talk about his new album, his musical idols, and the one song he wishes he’d written himself.
Who was your musical idol and why?
That’s an easy one, Babyface. When I first got serious about pursuing music, I quickly learned the importance of great songs. Babyface was a huge artist and super producer-songwriter. Everything I wanted to be. I tried to imitate his quality and consistency. He’s also one of the reasons I picked up the acoustic guitar too. I saw him perform “When Can I See You Again” at an award show and was amazed.
You’re in a group with four other artists any genre … who are your group members?
Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Lalah Hathaway and Patrice Rushen. All phenomenal musicians and storytellers.
Do you remember where you were when you first heard your song on the radio?
Yes, I was leaving a performance on the South Side of Chicago and as soon as I started my car, “Work It Out” came on V-103. I went crazy of course and had to pull over.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
What I love most about being an artist is interacting with fans. I love hearing how my music has positively affected them whether it’s through the message or the groove of the music. That’s why I do any of this.
What’s the worst thing about being an artist?
The worst thing is that it can be stressful juggling a lot of commitments. But, that’s a small price to pay to get to do what I love.
Name one song that you wish you’d written?
“Make Sure You’re Sure” by Stevie. Perfectly composed and delivered.
Tell me about your new album?
My new album, ETERNAL, is my first release since I teamed up with Chicago indie label Twoguard Music Group. It’s out now and contains 17 genuinely soulful and revealing tracks. Almost every song is an experience that I’ve been through. It also includes a few acoustic tracks and some great collaborations. The first single “Eternally” hit radio earlier this year and has received an amazing response. We also just premiered the “Eternally” music video and the fans love it.
How do you use social media to your advantage?
I use it to share and promote new music, videos, news and events. The great thing nowadays is that you can get immediate feedback. Also, social media allows me to interact directly with fans across the globe.
What is your creative process like?
My process is random. I pull inspiration from day-to-day life so I’m constantly recording song ideas in my phone. From those one or two bar ideas, I build the music, lyrics, and arrangement. Sometimes I just dabble on the guitar or keyboard until I find a groove that I like. Then I build from there.
Name one thing fans would be surprised to know about you?
I didn’t grow up singing or playing an instrument. I stumbled on music by chance when a friend in high school heard me singing around the house and suggested that I start a group. I’d never sung “seriously” before that.
Hear more music from Marwan (Soulflow) by checking out his Reverbnation page.