Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Ren Marabou

Tell us about: 

Your latest single you have released:

My latest single I released is called ‘Axe and Shield’. It’s a track about a Viking Warrior who is born in the wrong time and longs to fight and live the Viking way yet he is stuck in modern times. It’s available on all major platforms including Spotify and iTunes.  

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

My first solo single was ‘For the Failings’. It was alot different from the music I developed into as a solo artist. It was written during a very uncertain time for everyone in all walks of life and for musicians it was no different. Unable to travel to rehearse with my band Peralis I decided to start writing and recording a solo album for fun while I waited for the world to open up again not realising how well received my follow up albums would be. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

To date my favourite track would definitely be ‘Axe and Shield’ but there is a track from my upcoming album that I think I like even more but that’s top secret for now. 

Your favourite song to play live:

‘Screaming Armour’ from my album ‘Way Finder’ is a great song to perform. It has great intensity, and big chunky riffs. 

Your most emotional track:

Definitely the opening track from my second Album ‘Solar Systems’, ‘Still Gone, Still Here’. It’s a track about my Grandmother Bridget. She was an absolute legend and I’ll always miss her dearly. In her 80’s she loved Slayer and Sepultura, so enough said. I was offered a slot to support Max and Iggor Cavalera (Cavalera Conspiracy) a few years ago and I’m certain that was my Grandmothers divine intervention.  

The best lyric you have ever written:

Not sure about best but my favourite would have to be from ‘Still Gone, Still Here’ where I say ‘You are the sky, you watch over me, every memory fills me with pride’. It has a double hit of emotion for me. One I feel like I’m talking and connecting to my Grandmother when I sing it. The other is that it refers to a song I wrote about her many years ago with my band Kerouac called ‘She’s the Sky’. I toured extensively with Kerouac for years with that song in our set and I always felt my Grandmother with me when we played it.  

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

The only way to put it is, I’m like a kid in a candy store. 

The hardest track to play live:

Definitely ‘Prism Walls’ from ‘Solar Systems’. Getting the pitch harmonics riff right while singing is a challenge to say the least.   

Essential items you always take on tour with you:

Without fail I need Fisherman’s Friend throat sweets and gaffer tape. Once I have both of those and my equipment I’m good to go. 

Describe your fans in three words:

Encouraging, Loyal, Awesome. If I was to add a fourth word, I’d also make that one AWESOME! 

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

So many but one I’d have to pick is ‘Sons of winter and stars’ by Wintersun. That song is the epitome of Epic. It’s beautifully written. The magical instrumentation brings you on a journey. The angelic choirs, brutally heavy vocals, string section, organs, death metal riffs and blast beats, make this song a masterpiece. I freak out in amazement every time I listen to it. 

What we can look forward to from you this year:

I have a huge year planned. I recently signed to Misanthropik Records and I’ve begun working on my new album ‘Valhalla Waits’. It will be my first album to be released through Misanthropik Records. Very exciting times. Album news and updates will be on my social media Facebook, Intagram etc aswell as on Misanthropik Records website and socials.  

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