Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Mar 9th 2010 2:44PM by PS Gilbert
Describe your sound in your own words.
How did your band form?
I married him.
What are your musical influences?
A good song from a great voice. My iTunes shuffle just played a Pixies tune and now Gordon Lightfoot as I am talking to you.
How did you come up with your band name?
My dad came up with it when I was born. My mom thought I definitely looked like a 'Melissa.'
What's your musical guilty pleasure?
Annoying girl pop that makes you dance. Like the Spice Girls. There, I said Spice Girls!
Beatles or Stones?
Oh good one. I can't choose, but I have been listening to the Rolling Stones 'Black & Blue' album a lot lately.
What's the craziest thing you've seen or experienced while on tour?
OK, on a bad note -- I was strip-searched at a northern Canadian border crossing. Not fun. On a good note -- standing right in front of Neil Young as he played 'Don't Let it Bring You Down' on piano.
What's in your festival survival kit?
My cowboy boots, ear plugs and tons of stamina.
When "SXSW" and "Austin, Texas" are spoken, what comes to mind for you?
Fun. Also guaranteed good music and some good tequila. Definitely a much needed break from the Canadian winter.
Tell us about the music scene in Toronto and how it inspired and supports your career.
I am a proud Canadian. Toronto has one of the most solid music communities I have ever encountered. The industry doesn't bleed too heavily into it, which makes music about good art. Being a touring musician, SXSW is sometimes the only chance I get to see some of my hometown musical peers.
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