Marlon Williams’ music has been captivating audiences all around the world. The New Zealand born artist recently sold out his debut London show and signed with renowned agency, 13 Artists, who represent Radiohead, Alabama Shakes and Tame Impala. But the brooding 24 year old told us he’s not letting all that get to him.
“I don’t really think about it,” he tells us over the phone when we ask him about signing to 13 Artists, “I mean the product has to be good, but I always wanted it to be.”
His debut self titled solo album, released in April this year has found it’s way on to many ‘best of 2015 so far’ lists. While this album represents Marlon’s first solo release, he’s no stranger to the recording process.
“This is actually my 5th studio album, so I really knew what I wanted to achieve when I headed into record it.”
Speaking with Marlon it’s hard not to feel like we’re chatting to someone who’s just on the edge of something massive. He’s focused, astutely passionate and his art broody and personal.
The album went to number 4 in its opening week in New Zealand and his release tour sold out weeks in advance, prompting the Sydney Morning Herald to say; “What a terrific show. Fun and funny, sad and blue, it had flashes of modernity amid vast swathes of history and offered up the promise of a future completely unpredictable and completely watchable”.
“Live performance is something you can’t replicate in the digital space” he quips.
“While the music is pretty dark, we have a lot of fun on stage. I’ve been known to be a bit of a goof ball to be honest”
Marlon Williams plays The Small Ballroom in Newcastle on Friday the 20th of November.
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