Planetary Group took some time to get to know Marci…
Planetary Group: Tell us about your latest release. How did you come to create it?
Marci: My latest release, Immaterial Girl, was written in Montreal, in the dead of winter. I wrote the chords in a sublet that I was staying at, then I brought the song over to David’s [Carriere] place. We jammed it out and were messing around with some like nineties Backstreet Boys chords, which inspired the pre-chorus. The melody came before the lyrics, as it usually does!
PG: Share a bit about your musical journey, from when you first started making music until now.
Marci: I played piano when I was very young, I took lessons and went to recitals. But I didn’t really start playing and writing until I joined bands around 2014/2015. Then I really committed to it and started exploring it more after I joined TOPS in 2017.
PG: Let’s talk about the music that you love. Pick one album for each category below & tell us a bit about it!
- An album you grew up listening to:
Marci: There was lots of Queen happening in the car, driving around with my mom and my sisters. Probably a compilation tape. But an artist that I feel like I couldn’t have lived without would’ve definitely been Destiny’s Child. The Writings On The Wall and Survivor were very important for me.
- An album that inspires you as an artist (I’m sure there are many, but pick one of your choosing):
Marci: Well, this is hard, cause there’s a lot, but one that I feel like I keep going back to is Thelonious Monk’s Solo Monk. I feel like whenever I listen to it, it’s like I’m listening to it for the first time – every time. And it’s just a really beautiful record and makes me want to play piano.
- The album you currently have on repeat:
Marci: Yves Jarvis just put a record out called The Zug and I listened to it the other day and it’s really good. So I will be listening to it again on repeat
PG: What do you want people to take away from your music?
Marci: I want them to feel like it’s fun and light, while still being honest. I also really hope that people will appreciate the DIY-ness of it. Because they’re pop songs, but there’s a lot of lofi-ness too. It still has DIY aspects of it that people hopefully take away from it.
What’s next up for you?
Marci: Well I’m on tour with TOPS right now, but then I’m going to go to London and spend some time there to work on my next record. Then there will be lots more videos, the album coming out, and a little tour in the fall. So you’ll be seeing lots more of me!