Performing tonight at The Masquerade in Atlanta, on his Warped Acoustic Basement Tour, featuring the bands Hit the Lights, Front Porch Step and Transit, Brian Marquis, hits the stage. The bands and artists are performing regional dates through February 23, and VIP ticket packages are still available. Purchase yours through www.SoundRink.com. Brian is originally the guitar and vocalist for the post-hardcore band, Therefore I Am, and began performing solo in the summer of 2011. He is also the producer for the Acoustic Basement Stage on the 2012 and 2013 Vans Warped Tour as well as the Acoustic Basement Tour, both of which will be back for 2014. Brian took a few moments out of his very busy schedule and answered our questions about his reasons for going solo, the recording and production of his upcoming full-length record, and which city has been his favorite stop, and much more. Read all about what Brian has to say:
What influenced you to pursue a solo avenue of music, as well as forming your own record label?
Brian: Being in a band for years, I realized I needed another creative outlet so I started to slowly work on solo songs. When Therefore I Am broke up I decided to go full force into the solo idea. Forming my own record label was part of me wanting the ultimate independence for this new venture. I had been making records long enough, I wanted to do it all on my own again.
How was the recording and production of your upcoming full-length, and working with Doug Grean?
Brian: It was an amazing experience working with Doug Grean. He is a talented musician and producer and working with him pushed my songs and my ability that much further making a record I'm truly proud of.
What are you most excited about on the Acoustic Basement tour?
Brian: Besides hanging with all the awesome dudes on the tour, I am most excited about seeing friends and family around the country. I also love regional food and beers so that's an added bonus.
What city has been your favorite stop thus far?
Brian: I think CT was my favorite so far because I had so much family come out to see me.
What are your long-term goals in music?
Brian: I'd like to score a film someday like Eddie Vedder did for 'Into the Wild'
Who was your first concert and do you have a favorite?
Brian: My first concert without my parents was Live & PJ Harvey and it was incredible. My favorite concert was Nine Inch Nails on the first leg of the With Teeth tour. It was one of the most amazing shows visually and sonically that I had ever seen.
What was your first album on vinyl, CD and/or cassette?
Brian: I don't remember my first album on vinyl, it was probably a local hardcore band from CT. My first CD was Guns N Roses 'Appetite for Destruction'. My first cassette was Nirvana 'Nevermind'.
Who or what are five albums or bands you wouldn't want to live without?
Pink Floyd 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Guns N Roses 'Appetite for Destruction'
Beck 'Sea Change'
Fiona Apple 'Tidal'
Do you have a guilty music or entertainment pleasure?
Brian: I don't believe in guilty pleasures, I like what I like and I don't think anyone should ever feel ashamed of what they prefer.
Is there any music that makes you cringe?
Brian: That song 'Timber' by Pitbull really grinds my gears. haha.
Thanks so much for the interview, Brian, and I hope you have a great show!
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