“Being a frontman is an art on its own. It’s not as simple as just being a musician.”
Mario is far more than just a great musician. He can captivate an audience and bring them in on his set rather than having the usual divide between musician (playing) and audience (listening).
Originally from Auckland, New Zealand Mario’s music falls under the category of indie-pop.
Drawing inspiration for his lyrics primarily from life experiences, he usually writes the guitar (chords/riff) part first, followed by melody, followed by (honest) lyrics.
“A lot of the time I’ll just be jamming away, or another song will create an emotion/vibe in me and it inspires me to make a song that affects people in a similar way.”
He’s aiming to take music full time and believes the key to success in the music business is to play as much as you can and network compulsively.
Before a gig he would do some vocal and body warm-ups and boost his confidence using positive self-affirmations
“A lot of it comes down to your confidence in that moment and if you can raise your confidence, you’re going to play better.”
Mario also proposed several more bits of insightful advice:
“Think of every bad gig as a tick off the list. You have to do a certain amount of bad gigs to get good!”
But he also clarifies that a bad gig to you at the moment probably qualified as a good gig for you a year, or even a month ago.
“The overall standard of performance changes and improves drastically over time. Right now a good performance for you might be an 8/10. If you were to play 100 gigs, your current 8/10 would become a 3/10.”
Catch Mario playing at either Bar Oussou or The Snug Public House (both on Tuesdays) and stay up-to-date on his music here.