MARS EZE : KING SOLO

Sunday, August 04, 2019


Hey there beautiful people, i'm back with a new interview and i'm so excited because this time it's with a music artist, 
I found out about Mars Eze when he was in the music group called Mars & Barzini and I've always wanted to interview him so when I found out that he had become a solo artist and was making new music I couldn't hold back anymore and had to hit him up to ask for this interview and i'm really glad I did and also that he accepted cause this interview turned out to be one of the most interesting and informative ones that I've had in a while.
I'm so excited to share it with you guys and shine a light on this talented AfroGroove King.
Enjoy your read guys. 

DVF: Mars welcome to The DvfStyleCollective, thanks for being here, tell me about yourself?

Mars: My name is Ezechukwu Emmanuel, 
I’m from Imo State, I come from a family of three (3) children and I’m the first child.

DVF: That's nice, tell me about your childhood?

Mars: I grew up in Owerri, Imo State

DVF: What was it like growing up in Imo state and growing up, what kind of kid were you?

Mars: Imo State was a chilled place to grow up in, I grew up first in a nice neighborhood called “World Bank Housing Estate.” 
I wasn’t too problematic as a kid, I just liked going out a lot to hang out with my friends and my parents didn’t like me going out too much.

DVF: What’s your favorite thing about Imo state?

Mars: It’s a very chilled, laid back state. So much love and cooperation among the people, it’s beautiful to see.

DVF: What were your childhood dreams and aspirations?
A VERY YOUNG MARS EZE AND HIS LITTLE SISITER
Mars: I always wanted to be a superstar, perform to crowds of tens of thousands
I’ve always felt like musicians have a god-like power so I’ve always wanted that for myself, I used to dance in a dance crew called DFGz, I was also part of the church choir, although I stopped after a while because I couldn’t keep up with rehearsals

DVF: How interesting, do you recall your very first moment of Epiphany, when you fell in love with music ?

Mars: I’ve always been hard-wired into my system, I’ve always felt like this ever since I could remember.
Growing up, my parents used to play all kinds of music, from Oliver de Coque, to Sir Warrior, to Don Williams and Jim Reeves, So it was a mix of everything 

DVF: At what age did you decide that you were going to really go for music and what was your first official move?

Mars: I was in my third year in the universty studying pharmacy when I decided I would pursue my music dreams. 
I was in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and once I decided I wanted to pursue my music dreams, I started connecting with other artistes on campus, the rest, they say, is history. 

DVF: What was your first official song?

Mars: Oluwa Nagode ft. Barzini, first we made Oluwa Nagode, then we made a couple of other songs. 

DVF: You mentioned that you started out your career at your third year in the university, what year was that though?

Mars: Early 2016, I never knew making music would turn out to be such an easy and sweet experience for me, If I had known, I’d have dropped my first tape as early on as sixteen (16) years old! 


DVF: When you started out in 2016 , was it as a solo artist or you started out in the group from the on set?

Mars: I started out solo, then met Barzini and made some songs as a duo, we were hanging out a lot, so we just decided to push the songs we had as a group and now I’m back to making music on my own. 
It has always been a childhood dream of mine to tour the world and sell out arenas so having that at the back of my mind really pushes me 


DVF: How did you come up with the name Mars?

Mars: Mars Eze is from my name Ezechukwu Emmanuel Amarachi

DVF: What was it like for you the first time you got on stage to perform?

Mars: It was an exhilarating experience. I was so happy to see a crowd of faces singing my songs back to me

DVF : Did you go through the stage fright phase of performance or were you just instantly comfortable from the get go?


Mars: I’ve always been comfortable on stage and I always make sure that I give all of myself before leaving any stage that I perform on and all of my background from being in a dance group and church choir at such a young age helped build my stage confidence and personality

DVF: How would you describe your style of music?

Mars: It’s a blend of the past and the future. It’s a mix of the influences I’ve had growing up, from Oliver de Coque to Jim Reeves to Peter Tosh to Toby Foyeh
I even listen to K-pop and Dutch music 
So my music is a blend of these influences
I call it AfroGroove.

DVF: Which Nigerian artists career do you hope yours would emulate and follow in the same trajectory?

Mars: There have been many musical legends that have come from this country, and many more will come. I really look up to these legends, but I actually don’t hope to follow anybody’s trajectory. 

I am following my own divinely-appointed trajectory, and I pray and hope it will be legendary as well so that others can look up to it.

DVF: I absolutely love that, what about your parents and family in general, Were they aware that music was your true passion from the onset and how did they react when they found out you wanted to fully go into it?

Mars: My dad was a musician back in the day and my mum is a very open-minded person. When they saw I was making music initially they tried to resist because I was still studying Pharmacy at the time and wanted me to graduate. 
Once I finished, they followed me up with full support. 
My dad calls me before my shows to wish me luck.

DVF: That is amazing, family support is a huge deal, well now we know where you get the music gene from (smiles) 

DVF: Speaking of you graduating , you're now a Doctor of Pharmacy, do you think you'd ever practice.... especially now that you already have a full on music career going for you?

Mars: To that i'd have to say watch and see



DVF: (Laughs) Okay, i'll be watching for sure. When it comes time to make music videos, how involved are you in it?

Mars: I keep the same energy in all my endeavors, so I am always 100% percent involved in my music videos. Sometimes I write the treatments myself

DVF: That's awesome. You have a really dope style, tell me about your style journey? 

Mars: My style evolved as I got older, I got more aware of what works for me and what flatters my physique . 
It also helped that I hit the gym, so a lot of clothes started to look really good on me and fit properly.
So it’s been a journey of exploration and self-discovery.

DVF: Who would you say that their style has had the most impact or influence in shaping your sense of style in general?

Mars: Just the people around me, like my friends, family members and uncles. They’ve all had impeccable style. 
So I’ve modeled my style after theirs. 
My dad is also a very sophisticated person, so I get a lot of that from him. 
He has great taste, I honestly have been surrounded by men of style my whole life

DVF: You mentioned that you started to hit the gym and that’s helped you in shaping up your body to look great in clothes.
So tell me how your fitness journey began? 

Mars: Always had an interest in the gym since I was a boy, I’ve been fit all my life because I was often actively involved in fitness activities but I really started to take it adult-serious like two years ago when I began to hit the gym three to four times a week


DVF: That’s awesome, let’s get back to the music. 
You have an extended play coming out soon, what inspired you in terms of the sound and rhythm you went for when you were putting the songs together for the extended play? 
Mars: I just wanted to make music that spoke about my current mental state, my feelings at the time, music that will resonate with me as I drive down Lekki Epe expressway , listen to at the gym while I work out and can blast from my Bluetooth speakers when I have friends over, music that I would like to listen to if I wasn’t an artist. 

DVF: How would you describe where you’re at now when it comes to your heart, soul and mental state like you said?

Mars: It’s a spectrum of emotions, like every other human being out there so if you listen to the tape you hear a whole spectrum of emotions and this is partly why every song on the tape is represented by an emoji and a different color scheme for each song

DVF: Wow, makes much sense, I actually wanted to ask about the emojis thing.
Okay let’s take another little detour, I wanted to ask you how you spend your leisure time , you know.....like when you want to have some “You” time, but then again from going through your Instagram it’s pretty obvious that you just love being very active and athletic so even when you’re not at the gym you’re mostly still out there breaking a sweat

Mars: Correct! I like high octane adventures, I’m most tuned out when my mind is focused on adventures . 
Like how am I supposed to be thinking about anything else while hanging upside down from a sky-high zipline? 

DVF: That’s actually true (laughs) 

Mars: Yeah, I like to travel and go see places. I recently went on holiday to Dubai and did the Zip lining thing, indoor rock climbing , I swam with Dolphins and so much more


DVF: Yeah I saw the holiday photos but wait so much more? There’s more that we haven’t seen on Instagram ? 

Mars: Yep, not everything makes it to social media, the funny thing about the zip lining was that i'm afraid of heights so I just went ahead and did it so that I could face my fear and get over it
SCREENSHOTS FROM MARS'S ZIP LINING CAMERA FOOTAGE, WATCH THE FULL VIDEO AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW

DVF: That's pretty brave, speaking of things not making it to social media, on the Ep they’re two songs Queen Sheba and Kolo with the emojis of a lady and a bride so I have to ask If you’re in a relationship or if there's a special lady out there that inspired those songs?

Mars: The songs are inspired by characters that I have created to represent certain female archetypes, so in Queen Sheba, we meet the heart breaker, diva-type chick that doesn’t care about feelings and in Kolo, we meet the woman that King Solo promises undying love and she reciprocates in kind 

DVF: So this Ep is also telling a story?

Mars: Yes it is, It’s actually telling multiple stories at once and that’s the beauty of Art. 
There are many stories on the tape what story we choose to hear and focus on is going to be unique to each individual.

DVF: Wow, that’s awesome. You dropped “Nothing 4 U” a few months back and it’s not on the Ep, why is that Cause I thought that since it’s a recent work of yours it’ll also get featured 

Mars: Nothing 4 U didn’t fit into the over-arching theme of the tape so I had to leave it out

DVF: I actually really love that song

Mars: Well it’s out there on all platforms so you can stream it as much as you like

DVF: I actually do, I often watch the lyrics video on YouTube

Mars: Thanks bro. I’m glad you love it.

DVF: You’re welcome, how long would you say in total that it took you to put together this Ep?

Mars: About seven (7) months

DVF : That’s quite a long time, what did you find to be the most stressful during the process of putting the Ep together?

Mars: Mixing and Mastering is always stressful because you have to be very precise, and if it doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t feel right. So there’s a lot of back and forth, It can take a lot of time to arrive at a product that satisfies all parameters for the artiste, producer, mix engineer, A&R personnel and label executives. 



It’s a long chain of people who must be satisfied with the product, It has to sound good on all kinds of speakers, large or small and then factor in the fact that we’re going through so many songs, actively shuffling possibilities, adding and removing tracks to the final track list, etc. 
Let me tell you, writing and recording the music is the easy part of the album-making process.

DVF: Wow, that sounds like a whole lot of work, I can definitely see why it took seven months now, so how many songs did you originally have for the Ep?

Mars: I recorded around forty (40) songs for the EP but In the end we whittled the lot down to just six (6)

DVF: Woah! That’s a lot of songs, why just six songs though I know it’s an Ep but still you could have added at least a couple more songs?

Mars: Nah, an EP has to be short and a quick play through, there are so many songs I made that I love and I play a lot on my own, but they didn’t make the tape. When I announced the tracklist, some of the producers I worked with were calling and texting, asking why their songs didn’t make the final cut. 
All those songs are important and a lot of them will be released, even as I record more. 
But they just didn’t fit the vision for this tape, whether sonically or thematically, so they were cut.

DVF : Yeah.... I get your point, it sure makes a lot of sense

DVF: So what inspired the title “King Solo” for the EP ?

Mars: King Solo is inspired by the historical figure of King Solomon, his wisdom, his charisma, his wit and his glory. 
So in this EP we find a young King Solo, just before he ascends the throne, and he sings about the encounters and where his life is at. There is some inspiration from the Songs of Solomon in the Bible but like in the twenty first (21st) Century modernized world where there’s social media 

DVF: I love that you really had quite the vision for this project. So tell me about the record label you’re signed to? 

Mars: My EP was released via a joint partnership between ASDF / KMG , they have a great project going on and they approached me and asked to helm my project. So I signed on for this EP after this EP, we take it from there. 

DVF: That’s nice, let’s talk about the Listening party for the EP


Mars: It was an amazing experience and the audience reception was quite amazing. 
Since the tape dropped it has been number 1 on the iTunes Charts so it’s been an amazing ride, I must tell you. 

DVF: People really do love the songs and the EP is a massive success , what was your reaction when you found out the EP became number 1 on the Nigerian music charts?

Mars: I’m really grateful to God and my supporters, i’m glad people love the music and have shared it with their friends and loved ones. 
Let’s keep it going! Now that I know what it’s like, I’m really looking forward to more number ones.

DVF: I look forward to that too, it’s been absolutely fantastic chatting with you but sadly we have come to the end but before we go, one final question .
What would you like your legacy as an artist to be someday?

Mars: I want to be remembered as the greatest.

DVF: That’s wonderful. Thank you so much for doing this, this has been very insightful and educational.
You have been impeccably articulate and the way you took your time to explain things has been brilliant.

Mars: That’s nice. Thanks a lot bro. I really appreciate.
 




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