Marian Hill is an electronic/R&B musical talent from from Philadelphia. Their beats are shoulder popping material accompanied by a soothingly, unaltered voice. This shit (pardon my French) is sexy! You deffinitely want to have these guys on your radar.
Read a preview to our interview with them below.
The music scene out here in LA is such a beautiful thing to witness and follow, there’s an enormous amount of support in upcoming and local talent; when you guys first started making music, did you guys have LA as your #1 target city/market?
J: To be honest I’m not sure we ever really thought of it that way – being from the east coast, NYC definitely seems like the biggest target market. If you’d asked us back when we started if we wanted to be big in LA though, I’m sure our answer would be “of COURSE!” – it would probably just have seemed like more of a pipe dream back then whereas NYC was a lot closer.
One of your songs, “One Time” actually got remixed by Imaons, and it is featured in a choreography dance by Kevin Maher of the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio! That’s really awesome. Your music seems universal in a sense, anybody who takes a listen just grooves to it. Is that your intention when you put out music? To make it universal?
J+S: We want to make music that moves people – both literally and figuratively.
J: I always joke that if I’m not jamming out when I’m making a beat, then it’s not good enough to be a Marian Hill track (I can groove pretty hard in my studio chair). And the hope is that if I’m bouncing to it, so will you, your little sister, and your grandpa!
Question for both: Both of you are writers, as far as your writing process, what is it like? Take us on a trip inside your mind for a few moments.
J+S: It’s been important to us from the beginning to write in the same room together. Jeremy will often come in with the earliest beginnings of a beat or loop, and then the two of us will sit together and vibe with it, singing melodies back and forth, and finding something that we love. We also slaaave over our lyrics, which is always funny to us in hindsight because they often receive the least attention once the track is out and people are talking and writing about it. We have a rule where we’ll only move forward with an idea if both of us love it, and if one of us doesn’t, then that’s it, we move on. For us that’s the key to a great Marian Hill song, finding the ideas where both of our tastes overlap and we’re both head over heels for the song.
Read the full interview on the 13th issue of Artnois Magazine and ENJOY!