Since starting Transit, I’ve shot a lot of different shows and artists that have inspired me. My interests and influences span the map from hip-hop to dancehall to soul and rock. Being based in NYC, I’m blessed to have a deep pool of talent to feature and discover. Recently, I was invited to see Marco with Love, a rock band in it’s purest form. Having shot mostly hip-hop, I was excited to step out and capture a new energy.
The show was held at the Bowery Ballroom, a staple in NYC live music and a beautiful multi-level, picturesque venue built for musical bliss.When we arrived, Kendra Morris was on stage showing off her incredible voice with an elegant stage presence. I settled into a seat at the bar to grab a brew to ease my nerves from an over stimulating work day, when I met the man himself Marco. His tall slender frame, poofed hair, sensual desperado outfit and smooth attitude oozed rockstar. Once he took the stage he did not disappoint. The full band was smooth bringing a country feel with city attitude. A lot of energy and passion moved the crowd. Marco’s voice, full of character rang out over the ensemble of bass, guitar, drums, slide guitar, keys and saxophone. The sound is energetic and intoxicating. Energy and emotion ring true from Marco with Love and you can feel their devotion to the craft.
To better understand the man behind the sound it seemed best to ask him what’s up. Jump inside the brain of Marco with Love, follow his socials, check the photos after the interview and don’t miss your chance to catch him while you can. Enjoy:
You’re from Florida- how and why did you end up in NYC?
Shh… don’t tell anyone that. I’ll lose my street cred. J/K Yeah I grew up in South Florida and it gave me the opportunity to have a pretty easy breezy childhood with plenty of Sunshine. I played in garage punk bands with my best friends and together we learned how to be in a band and develop our craft. New York had been in my sights for many years. My folks met here and some of my biggest influences came out of the city. The Ramones being one of the biggest on my list.
Did your southern upbringing have any influence in your music?
Yes, for sure. My southern roots always seem to shine through in my live show banter and in the last 5 years or so I’ve really started to embrace them in my writing and recording. My mother was always pushing for me to be a country singer and I always pushed back and made my own path as a punk rocker, but at some point along the way I started to accept those influences and wear them on my sleeve often. From Chuck Berry to Little Richard & Jerry Lee Lewis to Gram Parsons & Willie Nelson. I love a good boogie woogie Rock ‘N’ Roll song.
How did you meet your band mates and what is that chemistry?
I met our bassist Lorenzo Wolf through producer Rocky Gallo. The Wolfman owned a lathe and actually helped me with my wedding gift to my wife. A one of a kind lathe cut 45″ that featured a cover of “I love how you love me”. When we parted ways with our original Bassist Subodh, Lorenzo was our first choice. I met our Baritone Sax player, Daniel Stampfel during these David Bowie tribute shows we had been doing for a number of years with Michael T. Daniel or as we refer to him (Clarence Diamond) had also briefly played sax for my last band Le Mood and was the obvious choice when we were expanding our lineup. Our piano / mellotron player, Richard Maheux and I had been making records together for many years and he sits in with us whenever he’s not on the road with Julio Iglesias’s son Enrique. (This is not a joke). Enrique borrows him from time to time. Our drummer, Peter Landi and I have known each other about 6 years now. He and I shared a mutual friend who actually brought us on to back him up for a string of shows here in the US and UK with his group Jonny Lives, which led to Peter joining my British mistress of a side-project, The Killing Floor. Together we toured extensively throughout North America, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom. I met Blaine O’Brien about 5 years ago during one of my solo shows at the 11th Street Bar in the East Village, where he was playing pedal steel and harmonica for the band Brothers. Up until that point I had never seen anyone play steel guitar up close, and I was blown away by the sounds he was putting out. After asking if O’Brien was a fan of “Sneaky Pete” Kleinlow, I asked him to sit in with the new project I was putting together.
How does working in Brooklyn come out in your creation process?
Brooklyn is such a diverse and vibrant place and is constantly inspiring the band and I, but never fails to make us a little crazy. Often times, being in a band here makes it difficult to get all of us in a room together, so when we actually do we make the absolute most of our rehearsals and writing sessions.
What are some style influences for you?
Nudie Cohn (Nudie Suits), My father Mario Argiro (Moda Mario) and a hybrid of the Mods/Rockabilly cats from previous decades. Gram Parsons, John Lennon, Elvis, Roy Orbison, and how could I forget Joey Ramone to name a few.
Is your stage character a character or is that 24/7 Marco?
That’s pretty much me all the time. I like to have a good time on and off stage and like to encourage people to do the same.
You seem to get to play in a lot of cool places- do you have a favorite story from the road? Do you have a favorite place to play?
I have been fortunate in my career to do quite a bit of touring around the world. I love playing on the west coast, specifically Los Angeles and Joshua Tree out in the desert. I also really enjoy playing down in Brighton UK. The kids over there have great style and always show us a great time. Hangin’ with Tom Jones in LA was pretty awesome. That guy is an absolute legend and was super cool to the guys and me.
Where is somewhere you dream of playing?
Japan. That has been a bucket list for us for quite sometime. Hopefully we can realize this dream sometime in the near future.
You have a very energetic performance- how do you prepare?
Drugs and alcohol. No I’m only joking. Rest and Mediation. Ok. maybe just a little bit of both. Honestly, as long as the band is rehearsed and healthy the show part comes naturally to us. If we’re comfortable on stage and the crowd is there it’s on like donkey kong. People don’t pay money to come see us stand around acting cool. They want a Rock ‘N’ Roll show!
What are you working on for the future? New music/ shows?
What do you hope people take from your work?
My hope is to keep the spirit of Rock ‘N’ Roll alive with our music.
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