Friday 22 September 2017


21-year-old Norwegian producer Marius swoops by to take part in this laziest interview series of all time. It's Friday and it's just about a week since the musicmaker had his debut EP Existence Problems released via Pelican Fly, the independent Belgian label responsible for introducing Cashmere Cat and Lido to the world, while also playing host to various other electronic entities like French producer Canblaster. Marius is in good company. And he deserves to be there: influenced by producers such as these as well as the psychedelics of Tame Impala and an earlier interest in progressive metal, his music is a crazy collage of ricochets and refractions, ideas echoed and warped.

Previously known as Melf, this year's moniker change kicked off with inaugural track 'Easy', which unfortunately didn't make it onto the EP—it's filled with maddened energy, a charge of breakbeats and popping percussion that gradually gives way to a coda that djents with distorted metal guitar satisfaction, showing a brilliance in the combination of disparate musical styles and elements. The EP's title track shows a softer side with a plinky rockpool of cute quirky sounds that also rains down a bullet hell of percussion in waves of delicious incoherency; latest track 'Lame' mixes up kaleidoscope psychedlia with slow voidsome beats. So far it's a triumph of originality that sees Marius slotting together jigsaw pieces that don't fit together, making new dishes from the buffet of influencers that have come before.


w h o   a r e   y o u ?   w h e r e   a r e   y o u   f r o m ?   w h a t   d o   y o u   d o ?
My name is Marius and i am from Eidsvoll in Norway. I like to make music that I’ve never heard before.

h o w   d i d   y o u   s t a r t   c r e a t i n g   m u s i c ?

I started creating music when I started playing the guitar. I played progressive metal and wanted to record my riffs. I had Garageband on my Mac, so I started programming drums and recorded my 7 string guitar.

h o w   w o u l d   y o u   d e s c r i b e   y o u r   s o u n d ?

All over the place.

i s   t h e r e   a   p e r f e c t   t i m e   a n d   p l a c e   f o r   l i s t e n i n g   t o   y o u r   m u s i c ?

I hope so!

I like to make music that I've never heard before
w h a t   i n s p i r e s   y o u   m o s t   w h e n   m a k i n g   a   t r a c k ?
This is such a tough question. To be honest, I don’t know the answer. I think it’s a bit personal, and not something I can really put words to.

w h a t   i s   y o u r   m o s t   m e m o r a b l e   m u s i c a l   e x p e r i e n c e ?


w h a t   a r e   y o u r   f a v o u r i t e   t h r e e   s o n g s   a t   t h e   m o m e n t ?

Selmer – Surfin With U

Mindtrix – Moon Pigeons

Tame Impala – Reality in Motion

w h o   d o   y o u   m o s t   a d m i r e   i n   t h e   m u s i c   w o r l d ?

This is another tough question. I admire a lot of people I think, but I think I subconsciously draw on a lot of influences when I write music. Everyone from guys like Flume to Lido, to bands like Tame Impala. My track on Pelican Fly, called 'Lame', is actually really heavily inspired by Tame Impala.

i n   y o u r   o p i n i o n ,   w h a t   i s   t h e   f u t u r e   o f   m u s i c ?


w h a t ' s   t h e   f u t u r e   o f   y o u r   m u s i c   –   w h a t   d o   y o u   h o p e   t o   d o   n e x t ?

I think these two questions I can answer together – as an artist I do dream that the future of music somehow involves something that I can contribute to. I think that’s a natural internal want for any artist – for your art to connect with people in new ways.

w h a t   i s   m o s t   i m p o r t a n t   t o   y o u ?



  • πŸ”” Marius' debut Existence Problem EP is out now on Belgian label Pelican Fly.

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