The ‘cosmic being’ often called Mario has launched his first new challenge in two years, and he talks EXCLUSIVELY with HL about how the Pink Planet influenced the making of ‘Nearer To Mars.’
“I not too long ago discovered as a few months in the past that my title truly means ‘Mars’ in Latin. ‘Mario’ means ‘Mars’ in Latin,” Mario says when talking EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife forward of releasing his new EP, Closer To Mars. Initially delayed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge is Mario’s first new main launch since 2018’s Dancing Shadows. The EP comprises the singles “Fairly Mouth Magick,” “Nearer,” and “Mars,” a Pink Planet-inspired sluggish jam. “So, I went to the studio with my man in Atlanta, Lil Ronnie. He’s an incredible producer, a Grammy Award-winning producer. And he’s like, ‘what kind of music do you wish to create? What kind of EP is that this?’ And I’m like, , actually, I’ve been desirous to do identical to a summer time challenge, one thing that’s enjoyable and up-tempo. However in the present day, I’m feeling like Mars. Let’s create a file utilizing the tempo of Mars and the important thing that the planet Mars is in. And for these of you who don’t know, every planet has its personal key. And it additionally has its personal tempo — BPM — that it runs off of.”
“So we simply began there, and I simply wrote the remainder of the file metaphorically about having an evening of ardour, but additionally that in return, my love curiosity. In the end, that’s what this track is about,” says Mario. “And I needed to marry that with a visible that was primarily based in actuality, but additionally primarily based within the cosmic house.”
Themes of cosmic house, being in tune with the facility of the celestial beings and connecting on a better vibe with the universe’s vitality. This sense comes from Mario’s personal experiences. “I believe I believe for me, going up in Baltimore, seeing the darker facet of life after which changing into an artist, touring the world and seeing the brighter facet of issues – it offers gave this mystical understanding of stability and contrasts.
So, I’ve all the time been that particular person,” he provides. “I can use my music and my creativity as a solution to specific myself. It’s like remedy to me. I’d positively say mysticism and being a cosmic being – not simply astrology, not simply the Zodiacs, however all of it – how the distinction works collectively and the way it impacts the world that we stay in.”
Throughout the interview with HollywoodLife, Mario spoke about discovering a stability between his inventive pursuits. His break from music coincided with a two-year stint as Devon on Empire. He additionally portrayed Benny on the 2019 FOX particular, Hire: Reside. “Your potential all the time haunts you, when your instincts are to do what you naturally like to do, which is, for me, singing and creating music,” he says, concerning the stress he felt to get again into the recording studio whereas pursuing his appearing profession.
“However I’m additionally a type of individuals who will get fully misplaced within the activity at hand – being a Virgo,” he provides. ”Whether or not it’s Hire or Empire was being on tour. No matter it’s I’m doing, I wish to ensure that I ship 100%. So once I did Dancing with the Stars, , I minimize out that point that put myself in that mindset of, ‘Okay, I’m now an entire barroom dancer. That’s acquired to be my life for the subsequent three months.’”
Mario additionally addressed “the world we stay in” on “Rewrite It,” a track written in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and different Black women and men by the palms of the police. Launched months earlier than Closer To Mars, Mario mirrored on the track. “I take a look at my artwork earlier than we get to this particular set of stuff, I take into consideration artists like Marvin Gaye who, when he first got here out, he was identified for his pop, his love songs. Then, as he grew into an artist that began feeling the world round him, he began utilizing his artwork as his voice. You hear songs like ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Mercy, Mercy Me.’ I take a look at myself the identical method. As an artist, I’m a vessel. And as a younger, Black man, it’s essential for me to additionally use my voice to encourage not simply younger black individuals or African People, basically, however for the world to listen to our voice otherwise. And music is such an amazing platform to share issues.”
“‘Rewrite it’ is form of like, for me, it’s selecting up the place individuals like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and others – a few of them had completely different views on issues, however I believe the final through-line is equality,” continues Mario. “Selecting up the place they left off for this technology in order that we might take steps additional in order that our children and our grandkids might look again and say, ‘wow, that technology stood up for us, and now we’re dwelling in a extra truthful world, or equal work, or simply world.’ We’ve to rewrite our personal historical past within the current. You already know, within the current second is the place we make change.”
Throughout the interview with HollywoodLife, Mario touched extra on his efforts to make the change, the facility of cats, and when followers can count on extra music from him.
Closer To Mars is out now.