Damn! It's been a while hasn't it? I'm really glad to be back writing for FRNDY LMRN. I wanted to hold off on releasing this article because I knew all of the big things that were ahead for the person I'm going to write about. I wanted to incorporate everything for you guys in this article so here we finally are. Please allow me to introduce my longtime friend and latest interviewee, Marcato.
Meet Prince Nasir Dean, better known by his stage name, Marcato. Nas is a budding music producer based out of Miami, Florida. We have known each other since we were about six years old through our mothers. We spent our adolescent years running the streets of Atlanta. When Nas moved to New York in 2011, it was a huge change for the both of us. A few years later, he relocated back to Miami and has been living bi-coastal ever since.
Growing up, Nas was always involved in the music industry. His father is the super successful music producer Swizz Beatz, so of course his musical influence is apparent. Over the past few years, Nasir developed his musical passion and is currently on the journey of becoming a staple in the music business. What I admire most about Nas is his relentless grind and passion to make it on his own.
Nas has gained tons of success in the last few months. He received several hit placements with various recording artists throughout the nation! Furthermore, Nas produced his first hit on IDK's latest single, "Star." At the end of June, Nasir came to Atlanta to develop his music with several heavy hitters in the industry such as Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, Rick Ross, Kodie Shane, Gwen Bunn, Black Metaphor and more. Recently, Nas joined the A&R team at Epic Records! I can truly say that as both a friend and his publicist, he is only going to the top from here.
While Nas visited Atlanta in June, we sat down to discuss life and his future. Check out our conversation below:
JULIEN: What's the origin of your stage name Marcato?
NASIR: The origin of my stage name stems from my self-development and self-discovery. Marcato is a musical instruction indicating a note, chord or passage to be played louder than the surrounding music. That's what I feel my music represents.
JULIEN: What genre of music do you consider your work to fall in?
NASIR: My sound fits in the Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, and Pop genres the best.
JULIEN: Who influences you the most musically?
NASIR: Michael Jackson, Jimmy Hendrix, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, J. Cole and Pierre Dutour influence and inspire me the most.
JULIEN: When did your interest for music initially come about?
NASIR: I first realized that I was interested in potentially pursuing a career in music when my dad gifted me my first beat machine for my 10th birthday. I didn't know what to do with it at first though.
JULIEN: Have you ever felt any type of pressure to do music due to your father and step-mother's great amount of success?
NASIR: No, never. Truthfully, I feel as if I was born to do this regardless.
JULIEN: Could you briefly describe your music-making process?
NASIR: My first step in the process of composing music is constructing the melody, percussions then finally the 808's. Other than that, a good amount of the process is mental preparation—thinking positively.
JULIEN: What environment do you produce music the best in?
NASIR: Everyone's different, but for me, I prefer to produce music in the nighttime and ironically at school.
JULIEN: How has your sound evolved since you first began producing?
NASIR: Over time I have unlocked many new abilities by introducing myself to new techniques through focus. It usually comes naturally when I'm working on my craft alone in the solitude of my quiet time.
JULIEN: What is your biggest challenge musically?
NASIR: Currently, music theory is my biggest challenge. It can be overwhelming to completely grasp.
JULIEN: Do you ever get stuck?
NASIR: All the time! I can't imagine there being any artist who doesn't get stuck.
JULIEN: How do you get your creative juices flowing when that occurs?
NASIR: If I get stuck during the daytime hours, I shelf the idea for the night. I work best at night and try to have a positive day with great vibes and energy. Usually the outcome at night reflects the energy I put out during that day.
JULIEN: Which artists would you like to collaborate with? and why?
NASIR: I would like to work with J. Cole and Travis Scott because their records inspire me. I listen to them repeatedly to decipher and understand what it is that I like about their particular song. Music should make you think! It's going to happen when the time is right.
JULIEN: What are your favorite songs out right now?
NASIR: Right now, my two favorite songs are "Kevin's Heart" by J. Cole and "Mo Bamba" by Sheck Wes.
JULIEN: What is your favorite album of all time?
NASIR: It would definitely have to be Metallica's Master of Puppets album. I listened to it at a very young age—It truly helped develop the love of music I have now.
co-JULIEN: What is the ultimate direction that you wish to go in musically?
NASIR: I want to become a music aficionado and leader of the next generation's musical youth prospects.
JULIEN: Can fans expect an EP from you anytime soon?
NASIR: Yes! One is currently in the making, but in the meantime, check out IDK's latest song "Star," co-produced by myself.
JULIEN: What goals do you want to accomplish within this upcoming year?
NASIR: I would like to develop my own record label. I am going to be under Sylvia Rhone at Epic Records, which is huge for me! I have an amazing lineup of creatives that I'm working closely with. I am eager to explore and develop the projects.
JULIEN: In five years, where do you see yourself?
NASIR: In five years, I see myself in Corsica, France with Scarlett Johansson leading my companies to its highest pinnacle and beyond.
JULIEN: When it comes to success, how do you define it?
NASIR: To me, success embodies the inspiration for all generations. My musical expressions create freedom of the soul from my artistic expression. That is success.
JULIEN: What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received?
NASIR: The best advice I ever received was from my mother Nichole. She always reminds me to keep an open mind.
Written by Sir Julien George
Photographed by We Own The City
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