Los Angeles is the city of angels. Among those angels, we have the talented Queer Latinx singer-songwriter, Aaron Marco. Although Marco is comfortable with all pronouns, He/She/They, we decided to use She/Her to properly introduce you to her.
With a unique sound, Marco sings about her truth and what it means to be queer in today’s world. Her music is so different and unapologetic, it’s quite hard to place it into a specific genre. But if she had to label her music in a genre, she feels comfortable between alternative R&B and pop.
She’s inspired by some of the greats like Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Frank Ocean, and Whitney Houston to name a few. But aside for her musical inspirations, Marco is inspired by everything and tries to use every emotional tool she has in his music.
Get to know Aaron Marco, her music, and her latest EP She. Check out our conversation with the amazing artist down below. And don’t forget to follow her on Instagram at @aaronxmarco to stay up to date.
You seem very unapologetic about being yourself in your art. What led to that mentality?
Honestly. Years of self-love and learning to dismantle the projections and dysfunction of those in charge of my care. In my life, I have had to not only push through my own natural human pains but also the ones that they placed on me.
I’ve also always hated when songwriters have told me “Don’t use gay terms in your music, don’t you want your song to be relatable to everyone?” Whenever I hear that I’m like “Fuck You” I think people don’t realize how damaging their projections can be. As an artist it’s not healthy to adapt ones work. Sure it’s great to rewrite something, but never for being untrue to who you are. My main concern is, How does this best tell the story I want to bring to light.
I think in general, I want people around me to love themselves as much as I love them. I want to love myself. So I have been having this ever evolving battle to be my best self. That life goal is naturally reflected in my music I suppose.
How does your culture and community influence your artistry?
The Queer community that exists today is everything. We are challenging what it means to be queer and actively pushing back on the self-hatred that was learned by the ones before us. I am constantly inspired by black and brown voices that are coming together and unafraid to have the tough conversations head on with white folks. There is an energy that is building. There is a real lesson circulating on what it means to listen to each other and say “I am sorry, show me the way that I can help you.”
Was there a specific moment that you can recall where you thought to yourself, “This is what I want to do, this is my calling”? If so, tell me about that experience.
It’s always been something that I have done. I just grew up singing. My mom says I would sing songs from The Bodyguard growing up on my own doing my own little show. Haha. No one in my family loves music the way that I do. It is a natural instinct that I know I was called onto this earth to do. I love all forms of performance, but the day that they take away my voice will be the day I’m ready to leave.
What does your music aim to say?
That’s constantly changing. There isn’t one message. My heart melts when another queer person says “That happened to me, I felt that, I relate”
What was the writing process for She?
I wrote all four songs between December 2018-January 2019. I take my time, I’ll write a bunch of melodies and lyrics that never take full form. I wrote it all and produced the beats. Then I took it to the studio with GreyGoon and he and I started cleaning it up and adding more sounds. When the songs are written and I’m just fine tuning is probably my favorite part of the process. I want to bring more people into that process in the future. But the polishing process really makes or breaks a work.
Where does the title come from?
When I looked at all the songs as a whole, I realized it was about an individual coming into her own and realizing she was that bitch, and that she had to take care of herself. Even if it meant leaving behind love. She couldn’t stay with a love that was not gonna evolve with her.
If you had to choose a track, which one is your favorite and why?
“Like I Do” I love performing it and I love the instrumentation that Grey added to it. There’s a lot of fun musical patterns. It also sets the tone for the second half of the EP. “Stay With Me” is the guy pulling SHE in, and “Like I do” is like fuck you this isn’t healthy and I can’t do this with you anymore.
What has been the reception since releasing the EP and what did you want the audience to take away from it?
It’s been great. I have people that I have never met listening to it. That to me is a success. It makes my heart melt. For new people that are gonna listen, no matter how much you love him/her/they, if they are holding you back from being you, it ain’t worth it.
Is there anything else you would like to add or say?
Yeah, to anyone reading, I may not know you, but I love you. Wherever you are in your journey, we gonna be alright!