Music makes us better people – Interview with Marc Sapolin
Marc Sapolin has discovered the urge to create music back in the 1970s. A self-taught guitarist whose first shows happened right during the birth of punk music, he’s now switched to writing music with the help of the new technologies. Always open to new collaborations and determined that music is an advanced way of communication, he’s been kind enough to let us in his world in this brief but meaningful interview. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed conducting it!
Hello! Tell the world about yourself. How did you grow up to become the musician you are today?
At first, I had no opportunities to do and play music but when I was 10 or 11 years old, in 1970-71, I went to school in town and became interested to the songs they would play on the radio. Then I discovered rock’n’roll with David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and when I heard the Beatles I was like “I want to do music”. I began learning the guitar alone.
Introduce your current musical projects and tell us what makes each one special for you!
Nowadays I think music is very important way to be a good person in life. A way to explain yourself better than only with words and a good way to communicate with others.
You have been playing music for a long while! How do you find the drive and inspiration to keep going all this time?
It’s only life that gives me the energy. It’s not good or easy every day and music gives the answer to everything.
How is your local music scene in your perspective? Do you feel like you belong there?
I don’t think about the local music scene. Many people are doing the same kind of music. It’s better to try to find your own personality. That doesn’t mean to be different, but to be in sync with the others. To be a link of the chain.
What is your all-time favorite record and how did it change you as an artist?
There are many important records for me but I can speak about one song – “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles. It’s the one that is more important for me, because it’s written by two persons. One part is by John Lennon and the other is from Paul McCartney. You put the pieces together and the song is genius. The two parts will not have the same impact if perceived separately. It’s the combination of spirits that makes it special.
What are your favorite software and hardware tools for music production?
I use Ableton Live 9 and nothing else. I use it as an old studio and it’s great for me. There are no limits. Sometimes I’m using Audacity but not to record my songs just to work on sounds.
What is your songwriting process like?
It’s always different. Sometimes a little guitar riff, some chords, sometimes words. I can finish a song in five minutes or in thirty years (“Imagine, Imagine” for example). But I love to put different musical parties together and the sound is very important for me. I’m happy to work with new technologies. Music is also for dreaming, I don’t like it if it’s only one guitar with a voice. But sometimes it can work though (“Le Signal” for example).
Out of all the live shows you played, which one was the most memorable, and why?
The first I’ve done was in 1977. It happened at the beginning of punk music. It’s was moment that let me be a little bit crazy and it’s really great.
How has being on Drooble helped you as a musician?
Nowadays I’m doing music alone and with Drooble I found a way to communicate with other musicians. What’s most important I found a way to make music with other people. We are in the 21st century and everything is possible. For example, the drummer of Lolita’s Corner plays on one of my songs. And my Drooble adventure is just beginning.