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“Rejects” takes you on an exotic flight across the universe of underground music
I had the pleasure of interviewing MARO about his 2022 album “Rejects” (Addicted To Music). MARO is the producer and creator of the concept album which also includes a graphic narrative story written by him. The album has a total of 28 tracks, 50 pages of graphics and an hour long visual on YouTube. This meticulously crafted and masterfully produced album, “Rejects”, by MARO, is a work of art.
I met with MARO for an interview on a rooftop bar in Chinatown NYC. When I walked in, MARO greeted me with a smile. In real life, he looks identical to his character, “MARO” from his album’s story “Rejects“. He looked like a Cyberpunk 007–tall, strong, and handsome, wearing a dark gray hooded Versace gabardine parka.
“He’s a fixer from what was once called the Eastern Block. Let’s say he specializes in making things happen.You need something? He might have it? You want something done? It can be arranged.”“NITRO”, MARO “Rejects” 2022
MARO is from Poland. Growing up he loved listening to music like Anthrax and Public Enemy. He started listening to the Wu Tang in 94-95. The “36 Chambers”, “The Chronic”, and “Still Dre” were some of the tapes that were “non stop in my Walkman,” he told me. MARO loved music so much that when he was just 14 years old he decided to dedicate himself to making music. Thus began his first quest: searching for a Technics SL-1200 turntable.
Fast forward to 2022 and MARO hasn’t missed a beat. He has built a humble music empire. He has his own radio show (ADDICTED TO MUSIC), which is named after the professional mix/mastering studio that he built in Warsaw. He has earned two degrees (one in sound engineering, and a second in acoustics), and several awards for his work as a music producer, engineer and mastering/mixing engineer. As if that was not enough, he is founder and CEO of Bettermaker, his line of analog and digital music production hardware and software. Bettermaker is used in the top music and film recording studios around the globe and by top GRAMMY®-winning mix/mastering engineers.
A few years ago, P.T. ADAMCZYK, his friend and colleague in Warsaw who is a composer at CD Projeckt RED, invited MARO to produce 3 tracks for the CYBERPUNK 2077 soundtrack. P.T. ADAMCZYK gave MARO complete creative control. After that experience, he decided to produce his own album, and the“Rejects” album was born.
The “Rejects” album narrative tells the story of MARO, a cyberpunk ‘Han Solo’ character, as he travels in and out of the main sector through the global neo-underworld. The story follows MARO on his quests, in a aircraft, where he encounters different characters in the underworld, personified by an international cast of artists from around the world: AWITCH, MICKEY SHILOH, RAEKWON, CAPPADONNA, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, KOOL KEITH, P-MONEY, KY, LEX LU, HUNTER KILLA, KILLAH PRIEST.
A producer with a vision, MARO selected a marvelous entourage of talent to grace his album that bridges the gap between generations of music and artists from the hip hop culture across the globe. MARO has worked closely in the studio with most, if not all, of the artists he chose to record on “Rejects”. Several artists are icons in their part of the world, and their influence spans from the 90’s hip hop in NYC to to the present and future of hip hop and dance music globally.
Throughout the “Rejects” album, MARO flexes his sonic mastery by seamlessly moving between Hip Hop, Reggae Dancehall, Drill, Dance/EDM, Neo Soul, Trap, Industrial, and beyond. The results are VIBEY. MARO designs rich, vivid, atmospheric soundscapes on the skit tracks that set the stage for the musical narrative blending together a beautiful mix of old school meets new school.
I thoroughly enjoyed the album “Rejects”, by MARO. I look forward to hearing more from him in the future as well as the new artists I was introduced to on this album from around the world such as AWICH (JAPAN), P-MONEY (UK), MICKEY SHILOH (USA), and KY.
I will be airing the interview and playing some tracks off of the album live on my FM radio show/podcast THE BAY SESH on Wednesday December 7 from 3-6PM 89.5FM KZCT OZCAT Radio
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Watch the interview on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@thebaysesh
Maro Music (also, “MARO“) is a DJ/producer, composer, Polish sound engineer and subject of important international music publications. He hosts a weekly radio show, “Addicted To Music,” named after his professional recording studio, on Dash Radio (U.S.) and other radio stations. Maro Music has produced multiple original music recordings for the worldwide smash interactive video game, “Cyberpunk 2077” from Projekt Red. Maro Music often collaborates with the most respected legends in rap and hip-hop, including members of the Wu Tang Clan and many others.
Album Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rejects.tech/