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Meet Marube

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marube.

Marube, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Kazu: Marube started off as a solo project of mine. It was a folk acoustic project where I created songs focused on finger-picking. I became a fan of Mark Kozelek, Nick Drake, and The Smiths back in college. I wanted to create something along those lines. After experiencing a break up from a long time relationship, I decided to take music more seriously. I recorded and released an EP called Melancholy Headspace in 2018, and formed a live band with 3 of my best friends. My older brother Taka Glascock on bass guitar, Sami Bishlawy on guitar/synthesizers, and Ben Kray on drums. As we were working on live renditions of my songs, we also started creating new ones as well. Next thing you know, we’re out playing shows.

We’d love to hear more about your music. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Kazu: I write all of the songs for the band, and the style of music we play sort of varies. It’s difficult to lock down the type of music we play since we’re still working on finding our sound. Our influence comes from all over the place but you can definitely hear some inspirations from shoegaze, post-rock, psych rock, J rock, mid-west emo, post-punk, and jazz. Many of my lyrics come from my own experiences of sadness, loneliness, insecurity, and break up. These subject matters are pretty common in many songs, but I hope to bring a unique perspective. It’s the culmination of my experiences living through my 20’s and wanting to express myself instead of being consumed by negative thoughts. Writing songs helps me move on with my issues, it’s a way to have fun and deal with my struggles. Music gives me the purpose to keep going forward and enjoy what’s coming next. I want people to not feel alone and give them some sort of hope or inspiration from listening to our music. It’s a win for me if our music invokes strong memories, or if they feel the inspiration to work on their music. First time, I discovered the Red House Painters, it made me want to go back home and work hard on songwriting.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Kazu: Every artist out there wants to make it in the industry or be able to make music as a full-time job. Of course, that’s a big goal for anybody doing music. However, it’s a milestone to get to that point, and we all have other aspects of life to take care of financially, emotionally, and physically. So, I think the biggest challenge for artists now is balancing life and art at the same time. In Marube, we all have work, so the time spent on music can be limited. But we all communicate and really do our best to focus on what we want out of this project so we try to meet once a week to practice our set/write new songs. I also believe that band breakups happens from lack of communication, that would be a big source of struggle for artists as well. Artists tend to self-isolate and they may think that they don’t need any help, but having a support system or having a friend to talk to can keep them in check. For me, I speak with my band members about my struggles and that always helps me process things better.

Ben: I think being an artist living in the age of the internet has created so many opportunities for people who, maybe back in the day, wouldn’t have had them. You can learn practically anything for free with a little determination and a couple of searches online. Chords for your favorite nickel back song? Sure. Double stroke roll exercises? No problem (I’m still bad at them though). This, as huge of a benefit as it is, is also the reason why I think it’s so challenging to breakthrough as an artist these days. Everyone is just so lumpin’ good at everything, making it harder to stand out. I’m not complaining though, I’d rather the world be filled with artists doing their thing and making the ride on earth a little more pleasant than not.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Kazu: People can check out our work on Bandcamp or Spotify. If you’re interested in listening to what we currently have please check out our music! Also, you can follow us on Instagram and learn about our upcoming shows. Come if you’re free!



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