Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Alexander Mariani (goes by Alex)

United States (Wisconsin)

11/12/1990

Childhood was basic- but challenging. Lot of relocation- since he was raised by a single mother- with 4 other siblings. Parents divorced when he was 10 years old and he assumed the “man of the house” role as his older brother moved out- and he then was surrounded by females (sisters, mom, aunts, etc). Was always an artist- from a young age- including loving to draw- since the time he could pick up a pencil. Alex got his first keyboard at 12 years old- and been making music since. He taught himself basic notes- nothing special- but was always driven by music and arts. At 16- he picked up a guitar, taught himself how to play, and got lost in the music. It acted a coping mechanism for the divorce as well as the struggles of growing up in a low income family. In middle school- the pressures of drinking and smoking cracked him. He then got into sports- football, wrestling, etc- which kept him on the up and up- until college. That is when he got lost into drugs and alcohol- and has since utilized his challenges since a young age and his upbringing to connect with others in his music. When he was a young kid/teen- he would hid away in the rafters of his house and listen to music (with swear words that his mom would probably not approve of) to escape from reality and be lost in the music.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

DelMar The Poet

Singer/Songwriter/Lyricist

Alex has been making music professionally for a little over two years- including basic mixing & production experience. He has knowledge in playing the guitar, keyboard, and some drums. Prior to teaming up with Ohm House- in LA, Alex Mariani would make music, write lyrics and record them on his cell phone. Recently he finished his debut album- “Rafters”- which is named after his childhood experiences (see above)- which is not yet set for release- but in the process of it. He also has various other mastered and mixed songs that are not on “Rafters”. His first music video- “The Burial”- showcases one of the songs of his album.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

His genre is a blurred line between hip/hop, pop, alternative and spoke poetry. He doesn’t classify himself into one style or genre. The concept for The Burial (as well as the music video) was stemmed from his own experience of being buried in his own mistakes and admitting to himself and accepting it. It was a low moment of his life- that he tried to release with poetry/song to create a positive sound. The concept of the video ties into that- by showing an artist- who becomes so consumed in his own art that he is creating- that it becomes his reality. He can no longer decipher between the two of them- real vs fake- and the art becomes so real that it takes him to his own judgement of himself. The artist begins to recognize and admit his wrong doings- the mask is peeled off- and it metaphorically showcases the artist looking at a darker version of himself that he is trying to defeat.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

As a musician- his aim is to convey real life experiences over a medium that has been diluted in modern hip hop/rap- while staying not only true to the roots of all the musical influences that he had growing up- from alternative to rap to metal to old school rap to pop. He wants to keep the message true and convey positivity in a world filled with so much negative day in and day out. His own experiences are still young- as he is naïve to everything still but learning daily. He has been faced with many adversities- as he is a self-funded solo independent artist. He has utilized his own money to formulate an amazing album on songs that he believes in. He has been lucky to meet the right people, at the right time on different occasions and he feels he is blessed to make the quality stuff that he makes. He is beyond excited for the future and to see what happens.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Alex is a solo artist. He does work with a production team- Ohm House in LA. The music video for The Burial was shot and directed by Corbin Cox- a talented childhood friend that also believes in DelMar The Poet. Alex brought him the song and they worked hand in hand to write a great short story and put together a cinematic production for the viewer. Erin Peters has been spearheading management and marketing avenues for any opportunities for the doors that are waiting to be opened. Any future successes- this small crew is to thank.

The song was conceived in his old basement studio. He recorded it roughly and took it to Ohm House in LA to work with Seeno (an Ohm House Producer) who assisted in mixing and mastering the final copy- with it being engineered through Ohm House. Instrumentals were received by Max Peterson in Minnesota. WesLee Brown is also a friend- who stopped over one night and recorded various melodies for the chorus. He opened up the song a lot with his unique sound.

The music video was shot in numerous locations in Wisconsin. Through various friends and connections- we were able to secure the two large locations- a farm and a gravel business during off hours. That gave us the ability to showcase Corbin’s talents through his camera skills and drone footage. We built the costumes from various scrapes- with the help of a friend- Lauren Davy. Make-up and hair was all done with the help of friends. People kept showing up- were willing to be committed to the characters- and was just a solid group of people helping people. We shot over the course of 1 month- at 4 different locations- to obtain enough footage for the story.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Alex has been making music since he was a teenager- but releasing professional music for about 2 years. His first official release was with The Burial- which was October 13, 2017. A local Wisconsin bar allowed him his first platform to perform- and he took advantage of that. He was betrayed by a couple of his old team members- so he proceeded completely solo in all future endeavors. He was also featured as a RAW Artist in Downtown Milwaukee & performed at The Rave- a well known venue in Milwaukee. His future goals are to just allow his voice to help someone who makes a difference to someone- as that is what he used music for growing up.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

His own life experiences are a huge reason he writes. It is his release. Anything can spark a creative moment- feelings, dreams, random inspirations just pop up. He only likes to write about things he has experienced or has felt. Sometimes it is a weird sound- like a sound of nature- that can spark a creative moment. It can come from anywhere.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

It is hard to say- as a hit song has a different definition to each person. He feels that music has gotten away from the good it once was. No one knows what makes a hit- it is all based on how it is defined by the listener.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Keep dreaming and don’t give up when life doesn’t hand you opportunities. You have to be relentless and go after what you want.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Know your circle and be careful who you work with. Write music from your heart and always be chasing a different sound. Not everyone you meet has positive intentions- so stay humble and pure on your own.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Still a very new artist- Only album is “Rafters”- not yet released. Various songs not on the album are available on Soundcloud. No tours or awards- yet. 😊

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Currently we are still new at getting accepted. We have not had any TV Stations reach out- but have been accepted by Breakingandentering.net (local Milwaukee website), Joe’s Groovy Time, KRXM, WRIU, and DiviSoul.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Writing lyrics is usually a chaotic process for Alex. He usually likes to start with a line or a concept and expand on that. He will obsess over that until he can convert it into a chorus or a verse. He likes to mess with the arrangements and a lot of the songs started as just instrumentals or he fit a verse and then developed the instrumental from that. A lot of the songs on the album are original beats from Ohm House. Studio sessions usually start with some hot tea, a netty pot routine, vocal warmups, and deep calm breathing- to avoid getting too excited when recording and running out of breath. He likes to record the chorus first- to get that into place- then plug away at the verses. An upbeat, cracking joke, environment is what drives him.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Nas

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Eminem as a lyricist.

Otis Redding

Andre 3000

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Alex has mainly worked with local artists – WesLee Brown, Andre Simpson, etc. He would love to collaborate with Kid Cudi, Brother Ali or Russ.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-burial-single/id1291096402

http://soundcloud.com/delmarthepoet

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClfyHSr6z21HjIB6PyjuLdw

https://www.facebook.com/DelMarThePoet/

www.delmarthepoet.com

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

www.itunes.com (search The Burial or DelMar The Poet)

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest Day- He said it was the day he got his skateboard- when his parents divorced. It caused him to get out- and not be home during the trials of the broken family.

Saddest Day- He said it was the day he was out playing and came home. His dad’s truck was packed up- he was 10 years old. His dad looked at him and he asked him where he was going. He said he would be back later but that he was the man of the house now. He didn’t see his dad for a month. He went inside and everyone was crying- mom, sisters, and it was all sad. It was a relief in a sense- because the fighting would stop- but it was a sad day. He never really likes to talk about those moments.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

He said he would take ten different backpacks and put $10k in each backpack and drop them off at each member of his families house to pay off bills. He would help his grandma pay off the medical bills of his special needs aunt. He would then invest and maybe buy a semi-cool car.


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