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A Dirty Dozen with TOMMY MARZ – September 2020

| 18 September 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Singer/songwriter Tommy Marz has released his new single “Summer Bummer” today, marking the first original song to be released off his forthcoming EP, Chasing Light, due out September 23rd. As summer has now unofficially come to an end, Marz decided to use the music video for the song as a commemorative sendoff by featuring footage from fans showing how they spent the abnormal summer of 2020.” We get Tommy to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Chasing Light is the name of my new EP (out Sept. 23rd) and there are six songs in total.  The song “Lullaby To Summer” was recorded freestyle.  I didn’t have the words written down, I only had an idea, so I just rolled with it and liked how it sounded.  I think after a few listens the listener might realize that there are only choruses on half of the songs.  It wasn’t intentional, it just happened organically.  There’s also a little Easter egg on the album cover! On the tail of the plane, it says “Zero Air”.  That was my way of saying hello to the Go To Zero days.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Listening to records when I was a kid.  I would lose myself in the music and anything negative that was going on around me would soon disappear after the needle hit the vinyl.  I would say looking at the inside cover to KISS Alive II was the catalyst for wanting to perform live (and wanting to be Ace Frehley).

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

The Alive II record for sure. The Police – Synchronicity, Duran Duran – Rio, Def Leppard – Pyromania and then later the Alice in Chains, STP and Pearl Jam records were a huge influence on me and how I started to develop songs.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Layne Staley, STP, PM Dawn, Duncan Sheik, and John Mayer.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Ricky Reed. I would love to record a rock album with him.  No tricks just killer guitars, fat drums, fuzzy bass and his incredible musical brain.  I swear, that guy hears things in music most people miss.  I feel like he’s like a modern day combination of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan).

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would say that it is full of melodic songs, adventurous harmonies and groove oriented bass and drums.  One time someone said my band sounded like Motorhead.  I love Lemmy.  But, no.  I couldn’t… even if I tried.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Jason is a secret chef.  Chris can put back a few beers – more than Jason and I combined.  I always have a guitar in my hands.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Mike Inez of Alice In Chains.  We did an interview together and we started talking about the Kiss show at Tiger Stadium.  It was pretty surreal.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Having a creative outlet where other people can share in with you is a gift that I’m grateful for every day.  I’d probably be a talent manager.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I’d love to get into a discussion about vocal harmonies.  They are so interesting to me and serve such an important role into the songs overall sound.  Question I’m tired of?  Maybe I haven’t been asked enough questions because I’m pretty ok with everything lol.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Probably the way I approached vocals.  I used to be very timid in my delivery and was probably a little intimidated.  Now I just don’t give a sh*t – they are what they are and if people like them: perfect! If not, I completely understand.  There were some really good songs back in the day that could’ve been even better if I would’ve “went for it” a bit more.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

The Beatles – Revolver.  That changed music forever.  Geoff Emerick was trying things that were so foreign at the time and I would’ve loved to have been there to see everything come together.  Especially on a song like “Tomorrow Never Knows.”  Revolver is my favorite Beatles album.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

The thrill of playing a live show.  There’s nothing like it.  Outside of music – I just miss hanging out, travelling and playing poker with my buddies!





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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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