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FUZZ SPOTLIGHT: MARISSA DAI


A few weeks ago, we dug through some of the users on FUZZ to find a brave soul willing to open up about the current state of their musical journey. Marissa Dai proved to be up for the challenge and, for this alone, we are very grateful. We hope this brings light, hope, joy, discussion and all that good stuff. Enjoy! F: LET’S JUST START WITH WHERE YOU’RE AT IN YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY RIGHT NOW. (WHERE YOU’RE FROM, HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN PLAYING, WHAT GOT YOU INTO MUSIC, WHY YOU’RE ON THIS APP, JUST YOUR STORY BASICALLY)

"NONE OF MY FRIENDS REALLY PLAY MUSIC LIKE I WANT TO SO I CAN'T START A BAND OR ANYTHING."


M: WELL I’VE LIVED IN HOUSTON MY WHOLE LIFE. I’VE WANTED DTO BE A MUSICIAN EVER SINCE I WAS LITTE, BUT DIDN’T HAVE THE TALENT TO MATCH THAT ASPIRATION. THEN I STARTED LEARNING TO PLAY INSTRUMENTS AND WRITING LYRICS. I HONESTLY CAN’T REALLY REMEMBER WHAT GOT ME INTO WANTING TO MAKE MUSIC. AT THE TIME WHEN I STARTED MAKING MUSIV I WAS LISTENING A LOT OF TWENTY ONE PILOTS. I REALLY CONNECTED TO THEIR LYRICS AND WAS INSPIRED BY THEIR STAGE PRESENCE. I WANTED TO MAKE THAT CONNECTION WITH PEOPLE THROUGH MUSIC. WATCHING MUSIC PRODUCTION VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE REALLY INSPIRED ME ALSO. EVER SINCE, I’VE CONSUMED ALL THE MUSIC I CAN. I GUESS I'M ON THIS APP IS TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE THROUGH MUSIC. NONE OF MY FRIENDS REALLY PLAY MUSIC LIKE I WANT TO SO I CAN’T START A BAND OR ANYTHING. THIS APP WOULD HELP WITH THAT ALSO.

F: AWESOME, THANKS FOR YHAT. YA, I FEEL LIKE YOUTUBE HAS REALLT OPENED UP A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR POEPLE WHO OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN OVERWHELMED OR OVERLOOKED BY THE MACHINE. SO THE SONG YOU HAVE UP, I’M NOT HEARING MUCH TWENTY ONE PILOTS, WNAT TO TALK A BIT ABOUT ITS BACKSTORY?


"EVER SINCE, I'VE CONSUMED ALL THE MUSIC I CAN."


M: WELL I STARTED WITH THE SIMPLE GUITAR RIFF AND WROTE SOME CUTE LYRICS ABOUT LOVE. I WANTED IT TO SOUND A BIT LIKE BEDROOM POP SO THAT IT WOULD SOUND MORE INTIMATE RATHER THAN SOMETHING WITH A BIG PRODUCTION. I CAN’T REALLY SAY WHAT ARTIST INSPIRED THE SONG. MAYBE DR. DOG. I LIKE THEIR VOCAL HARMONIES A LOT.

F: YA THE HARMONIES REALLY CARRY THE SONG. I REALLY LIKE THE REPETITION AND SIMPLICITY, TOO. IT FEELS LIKE A LULLABY ALMOST, BUT NOT FOR SLEEPING, MORE LIKE SITTIN’ IN THE FRASS OR SOMETHING. HOW WAS IT RECORDED? WHAT INSTRUMENTS ARE YOU USING? M: I RECORDED IT AT HOME ON LOGIC. IT’S MOSTLY ON MY MIDI KEYBOARD. THE ONLY REAL INSTRUMENT I USED WAS MY GUITAR.


"I WANTED TO MAKE THAT CONNECTION WITH PEOPLE THROUGH MUSIC."


T: AHH YES, THAT’S THE FULL BEDROOM POP ENSEMBLE RIGHT THERE. WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAS. I LIKE THAT LITTLE TOY ORFAN DUDE THAT POP IS HALFWAY THROUGH THE SONG. LET’S GO BIRD’S EYE A LITTLE BIT AND LET ME ASK YOU HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW? IS IT SOMETHING OYOU SEE YOURSELF BEING A PART OF? IN WHAT SENSE?

M: I CAN SEE MYSELF BEING PART OF A LABEL IF I WAS FOND OF THE PEOPLE THERE. I’D LIKE TO RELEASE AN ALBUM AND TOUR AND ALL THAT. BEING ON THE RADIO ISN’T NECESSARILY THE END GOAL, BUT HAVING MORE PEOPLE LISTEN IS DEFINITELY A GOAL.

F: SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN! YA I FEEL THE NEED TO MAKE IT OR BREAK IT ON THE RADIO OR SPOTIFY OR WHATEVER IS LOSING ITS APPEAL/ MORE ABOUT FOCUSING ON YOUR NICHE AND GROWING WITH IT LIKE A FAMILY. GOOD STUFF.

F: OK FINAL ROUND, AND THEN I SHALL FREE YOU: (THANKS FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD SPORT!) HOW’S FUZZ GOING FOR YOU? HAVE YOU BEEN ON IT LONG? ARE THERE COMMENTS YOU;D LIKE TO LEAVE FOR THE TEAM?

M: I HAVEN’T BEEN ON FUZZ THAT LONG. I DO LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO OTHER MUSICIANS EVEN IF NOTHING COMES OUT OF IT. IT’S NICE KNOWING THAT EVERYBODY HERE IS HERE FOR THE SAME THING.

F: AMEN COOL THANKS! THAT WASN’T SO BAD WAS IT?! BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY AND I’LL BE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR YOU. CHEERS! Marissa goes under the moniker, Catsica and if you dig her as much as we do, you can :

Connect with Marissa here👉FUZZ Listen to more Catsica tracks here 👉Soundcloud

We want to thank Marissa for her epic generosity and courage to talk about her story. We love the music and will be keeping a close eye on your adventure!

Thanks for reading and until next time! -FUZZ

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