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Earmilk Interview: xxyyxx [Exclusive Track]

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EARMILK: You're 16 years old. What are you doing with your life right now?
Marcel Everett: I'm making music and applying at Starbucks over, over and over again. 
EM: And as for school?
ME: I'm going to community college to get my diploma. They have a high school program where you graduate early, so you don't have to deal with stupid kid bullshit. It's really distracting like either getting the fuck out of school, wait, am I allowed to curse? I'm super vulgar. 
EM: Perfect!
ME: Good, yeah, I don't know.  It's just really hard for me to focus on anything. Most of the time, it's either my friends dealing with drama or someone is trying to involve me and I'm never in it. When I am, I'm ultra pissed. I hate high school but I think everyone does. Ultimately, it's making my life shitty. 
EM: How did you get started in making music?
ME: From the very beginning or electronic music? Well when I was 9, I got my first guitar and I tried to cover really old Greenday. I was in a punk phase until I was 12. Then, I joined a couple of bands. I was in a hardcore band and a deathcore band. I did the screaming, lead guitar and shit. It was fun but I left that. When I was 13 or 14, I started with the xxyyxx music. Before, it was called, well, it was a really shitty name through a generator called New York Government. It makes no sense and I didn't know it was going to be an actual thing. Anyway, Jered (Relief in Abstract) decided to start a label. I was actually there when he was like "you know what? I can do this and make it into a real thing. I'm business savvy." . So he did that and said, "you have to release your stuff" and I agreed. Then, I gathered all the tracks I made and named it after a stupid blog I had called xxyyxx. 
EM: When you're performing, do you hear the audience scream x-x-y-y-x-x? Tell us about playing live.
ME: There's a weird thing that happens (starts waving hand gestures). They do this and that, all to the beat like the YMCA but cooler. It's exciting and makes me start moving. I actually have stage presence issues. It's nice to perform live but it's generally uncomfortable for me. I'm just a nervous kid because everyone is looking at you, listening to your personal bedroom shit that you made when your felt like you fucked up on something. Showing it to everyone is very personal and awkward but I like it. There is a rush.
EM: What's next now?
ME: We're releasing an album the end of this month (March) with Relief in Abstract. I'm doing physical releases with a small company this summer. We're going to get it on vinyls.  The album is self titled because it's more of me coming into sound. If you listened to my music before, it was kind of scattered and way different then what I do now. This is like me actually finding out what my sound is, for the most part. So I have it self titled as this is what xxyyxx is. 
EM: Can you throw random words to describe your sound for us?
ME: It's really drug influenced. Emotional bullshit, stupid, trauma, stress, sadness but at the same time, it's like fuck it, drugs, happiness and friends. My happier stuff, the more dance tracks are inspired by actually doing stuff like hanging out with friends. Anything slower is fueled by melancholy and "ah, I feel shit about my music" or "my friends don't like half the shit I do". 
EM: Is there a color you can place this?
ME: My newer stuff is really monotone. The earlier stuff could be a hazy orange? Really chill and retro.
EM: The physical release on vinyls is an EP?
ME: Yeah, it'll be on Dandelion Lotus Records. They have one artist on their label right now. I'm actually not sure if I can talk about it but I don't care. It'll be a 5 track EP. Apparently, there are rules to it. 2 remixes and 3 original tracks. I have a track already made for them. Well, I have a lot of stuff made for the future. It's constantly getting better. 
EM: Your music video for "Tied2U", it has a witch house vibe.
ME: Well, I listen to a lot of witch house. I think the whole song is inspired by a lot of oOoOO. The video starts off with 80s avant-garde  VHS tapes and clips, then it goes to weird retarded frat guys smoking weed. 
EM: A while ago, you posted on FB about how a girl ran up to ask if you've ever heard of xxyyxx. How did that make you feel and the overall exposure of your music?
ME: It's nice because people know about it. I felt really uncomfortable at that time though. I was embarrassed and said "no, I'm sorry I don't. Whose that? I'll talk to you later" and she was like "I'll talk to you later?". It was so bad. I'm bad with people. I like the recognition though. It makes me feel less uncomfortable playing live and showing other people. Before, I just felt like it was personal to me and I wasn't sure if other people are able to perceive it the same way. And I don't make music for other people so it was effy. To have support and a fan base now, I feel comfortable promoting and releasing, annoyingly on everyone's facebook walls. 
"EARMILK is the shit. I've literally been checking out new music on EARMILK before I got my first write up. That's why I freaked out and told my mom but she was like "what the hell is that?". I've always been a fan of EARMILK and to know the people behind the scenes, I like it even more." 



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  • yeee

    Avatar xxyyxx April 9, 2012 10:28 AM Reply
    • congrats /b/!

      Avatar Lxrkan April 10, 2012 5:40 PM Reply
  • really loving the LP, good luck in the future.

    Avatar deanhouse April 9, 2012 1:21 PM Reply
  • dude this guy inspires me to get in music of my own.  all his songs are gold. 

    Avatar T0N¥ M0NT∆N∆'$ J0CK$T℞∆P April 9, 2012 1:52 PM Reply
    • luv u boi

      Avatar xxyyxx April 10, 2012 5:41 AM Reply
      • swag

        Avatar T0N¥ M0NT∆N∆'$ J0CK$T℞∆P April 10, 2012 12:43 PM Reply
  • Get it kid. Keep pushin.

    Avatar Tanner Caldwell April 10, 2012 10:57 AM Reply
  • thats how its done!, fuck school.

    Im in the same boat, I decided to forget about the "pressure" of school work, never studied more than 8 hours before an exam and NEVER did homework at home. 

    This being said you may think im just a stoner/ lazy kid who fucks around all day, wrong, im perusing my passion for visual arts and pushing myself in ways most that are still worrying about their next philosophy exam at school have never even experienced! such a rush when you create something and it all just falls into place! 

    im 19, finished highschool last year and I was at a college level understanding of most visual programs like AE Ps Cinema 4D and more. personally, i think im very successful for where I am today.

    So glad to hear this way of 'following what you love' is working for others, even younger than me! congrats xxyyxx

    @earmlik Your inverview looks like it was taken from a template word document… not very personal! and very good… try actually listening to the answers you given and ask relevant questions… personally id be a bit offended to get a list of questions like this with no human interaction. 

    Avatar Lorcan April 10, 2012 5:39 PM Reply
    • I'm sorry you didn't like the interview. There was a lot of interaction that had to be left out. This interview was during Orange You Glad Fest, after Marcel performed, where I personally met up with him. Maybe the welcoming tone of our conversation is not as clear as I thought.

      Avatar Briana April 11, 2012 12:46 AM Reply
    • Hey man, take your bragging someplace else. Maybe get a hug or something because this is not the place. This is a place for music and music appreciation. I'm glad YOU think youre successful, since that seems to be the only person who cares on this page. Lets focus on xxyyxx and the insanely beautiful music he has given us.
      By the way, did you even read the interview? He said he hates the high school drama, he's in college. Maybe you missed that part. Its a great interview if you actually read it.

      And to condescend on an interview's quality, Are you a journalist? Are you a writer? Have you ever flown thousands of miles to solo cover a 4 day music festival and have an impromptu interview post-set out of sheer gratitude for magical music? I didn't think so. But if you are ever in that position, im sure they'd love some tips. So maybe then you'd be in the position to say anything. You can go back to trolling now

      Avatar trigonis.lori@yahoo.com April 11, 2012 1:09 AM Reply
    • "
      So glad to hear this way of 'following what you love' is working for others, even younger than me! congrats xxyyxx"? 
      Following what you love has nothing to do with working for other people. Not sure where you're getting that from. The interview was in person and very good. Sucks you couldn't enjoy it man.

      Avatar xxyyxx April 11, 2012 3:07 PM Reply
  • mr xxyyxx , you have beautiful taste and style! so excited …for more

    Avatar skp September 12, 2012 12:50 AM Reply
  • Lol! All of your Interviews make me laugh with your profound & foul language used… Good shit, bro. `Keep the Music going on~.

    Avatar Chad B. July 15, 2013 12:04 AM Reply

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