An Exclusive interview with Marshall

Could you share the story behind your latest song and what inspired its creation?

“The Workin’ Kind” is my latest single – and it came from a moment in my life when I wanted someone specific to know that I was willing to work for our relationship.

How do you approach the process of songwriting, and are there any specific themes or emotions you tend to explore in your music?

I think of music as a way to convey emotions. That being said, each song is a different moment in time and usually comes from me wanting to tell one person something specific and can cover a wide range of concepts.

As an indie musician, how do you navigate the balance between creative freedom and commercial appeal?

I don’t really think about it, I just create and try to create the most catchy thing I can.

What do you find most challenging about being an independent artist in today’s music industry?

Trying to break through the massive wall of other music that’s trying to get people’s attention.

Can you talk about your experiences collaborating with other artists or musicians? How does it influence your creative process?

Almost everything I’ve done to this point has been solo work. I would love to collaborate with other artists, but that opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet.

What role does technology and social media play in promoting your music and connecting with your audience?

That’s a massive question that I don’t really have the answer to yet. Social media and digital marketing is a very large thing to navigate, and I clearly haven’t figured it out yet.

Are there any particular artists or genres that have had a significant impact on your musical style?

Dierks Bentley and Randall King.

Indie musicians often have a close relationship with their fanbase. How do you engage with your fans and build a dedicated community around your music?

I try to make myself available to everyone I can. Be it a message on social media or just hanging out after a show, I want to make sure that anyone that wants to connect with me has access to do so.

Could you describe a memorable live performance experience or tour that has had a lasting impact on you and your music?

Any time someone shares with me how my music has affected their lives – that’s why I do it, that’s what keeps me going.

In an era of streaming platforms, how do you feel about the changing landscape of music consumption and its impact on independent musicians?

I don’t think much has changed at all except now, the big labels can take more away from their artists and limit how much they have to pay songwriters. Besides that, they still control everything so not much has changed.