Some musicians draw inspiration from many places. Usually, it's from other musicians, other music, movies, etc. That's the case with StarveMarve, but it doesn't stop there. Oddly enough, StarveMarve's most recent work pulls inspiration from the 2012 apocalypse predictions. Well, here you go. That's one of the things that makes StarveMarve unique and separates him from your typical musical artist. And honestly, I don't even want to call him an "artist" or a "musician" per say since he calls himself "The Sound Feeder." The feeder of sounds. He raps, he sings, he produces, he does spoken word. He is not one of those guys who is in a bubble. It's impossible to box him in. His musical talent is so vast that it would be a bit disrespectful to say he performs one specific genre.
I caught up with him recently and he expressed his inspirations and a few of his upcoming projects.
So, Mr. StarveMarve, the first question is pretty simple. Where are you from? Just tell us where you represent.
Well first, drop the "Mr," please. It's just StarveMarve. If I was out of town, I would say Miami. But, If I was talking to someone from Miami, I would say Broward or South Florida. I honestly don't have one place that I'm attached to. I'd have to say from Hollywood to Pembroke Pines to adult life in Hallandale. And that's right there on the county line. So I'm basically a Miami-Broward guy to keep it simple. You can hop across the street and I'm in Miami, then I'm in Miramar, etc. It's like playing hopscotch with cities.
Ah, I see. So, you rep several places. Got it. Next, tell us who you are. Not just about yourself, tell us who YOU are. Explain to the people who StarveMarve The Sound Feeder is.
I am a 1st generation, born of a sufferer coming out of West Nigeria. I guess my parents didn't love each other, so they split up. I grew up living with my dad in Hollywood before he became self-employed and tripled his income, then we moved to Pines. Just looking at my dad's journey, I think, kind of shaped me, StarveMarve. I think of myself as a 1st generation, son of an immigrant. My parents didn't come here for me to dilly dally. It makes no sense for them to risk all they did and all the effort they put forth for me to be at the same level as them or less. My dad's genes are deep within me, so I always followed his words to a T. Aside from us being alike, his words really resonate with me. So, I took education very seriously. I graduated and got my Bachelors in English. I was a teacher for the past 2 years, but it wasn't exactly a passion of mine. The bunch of money I made from teaching was saved up and now it's being put towards my artistry, and that's StarveMarve. Pushing music, writing, signing, whatever. I just like to create. As creators, we have plenty of mediums, but music is mine. I sing all day. I speak to people in things they can't understand. Produce, sing, rap, write poetry, whatever. Just create, create, create, share and show the fuck off.
Very descriptive, I love it. Third question is...how long have you been doing this? Writing, rapping, singing, etc.
I would say about 10 years. I'm 26 right now. I probably started when I was about 14. I downloaded FruityLoops, which is how everyone starts out. I was trying to figure out how to save the beats I was doing in stead of making these demo versions. And from there, you learned how to hack certain programs. Then, I started producing beats. I actually used to beatbox when I was a kid. Getting ready for school in the morning, I would just [he beatboxes for a couple seconds.] I wasn't really good tho. Or singing 3-way over the phone with 2 of my friends, calling ourselves "Nigga Sync" instead of N'Sync. So, I always liked music. My dad was actually a DJ for the South Florida Nigerian community. He had records for days. He told me I used to surf on his records like they were surfboards. He said I ruined mad equipment. I used to put wet napkins in the CD trays thinking I would hear the Charmin theme song. But overall, I was always around music even as a kid and that's where my love for it developed.
LOL, I'm sure you pops wanted to kill you for that! Next, the hard question. Give me your favorite musical artist and your favorite genre of music.
Now you see, that doesn't work, because today we've shitted all over genres. There's been so much hybridization like in the last couple of years, especially with the invention of SoundCloud. They killed it. Half of the stuff we like we can't.....they killed genres. If I had to choose though, Indie Electronic Soul would be my favorite genre. That genre has people like James Blake, Thundercat, Moses Sumney, James Tillman, SBTRKT, Sampha and etc. For some reason, I tend to enjoy them more than my favorites like Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper. Plus, that's what I'm more geared toward trying to make. As far as my favorite artist, I have to say Andre 3000. When I was a kid, OutKast influenced me the most and they gave me hope that I could be different because I knew I was different.
The Sound Feeder
Perfect, very unique. Your inspiration is pretty scattered. Now, your latest project, titled DeathDream, what inspired it?
What inspired DeathDream? Finishing college is one thing. Another one was....ok, the year was 2011. And after that, came 2012. And what came with 2012? The rumors of the world ending. That shit was really eating me up, man. It was really eating em up. So I'm like "I'm StarveMarve The Sound Feeder, how you gonna eat Starve?" I'm finally starting to get this feel of an inclination towards doing my music more seriously and I'm like "Damn, what if I really do this, I get dope as fuck, everybody loves me, I get popular, then the world ends." And like it's a whole waste. I thought that the only thing that matters is if you make your name known before you die. If you have something you left behind, a legacy for your seed or your family tree to actually grow. So, that's what DeathDream is about. What's your death dream, death wish or your dying wish? What do you wish to do before you die? If you're really death dreaming, then you're dying in your dream as in....you're dreaming until you die. So, you die within your dreams. So, even if I do die, it doesn't matter because everyone's gonna remember me like Muhammad Ali or Nelson Mandela.
Ok, ok. I like that. Next, do you have any plans for the future? Projects, songs, features, etc.
To take over the world. But seriously, last night I just wrapped up the last track for DeathDream PLUS. This project is a remix of the five most popular songs from DeathDream. I was about to put everything on Spotify and whatnot, but then I was like "Wait a minute, let me research sampling clearance and laws." That just ended up discouraging me. When I blow up, I'm gonna encourage people to sample me! I hate the lack of creative freedom. Anyway, I'm remixing the entire DeathDream EP. All original, no samples. It's a bit more hip. The original DeathDream kind of forced you to sit and listen to what I was saying. Now, after I remixed it, you can kind of bob your head and even dance. So, it's basically done. A few other oncoming projects I have are TrapDreams, LoveDreams, The DreamEscape Event and a few other singles. So, be on the look out for those. But, in 2017, my main goal is to bring Miami and Broward together.
"I have a DeathDream."
Unity is very important in music, I agree. I hope you succeed in doing that. Next, what projects do you have out now that we can access?
The only thing you can get right now is DeathDream. The entire project is only available by CD. But, half of it is available online on my SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/starvemarve)
Perfect, got it. Now, shoutout your social media.
Thanks for taking the time out to read my piece. Tune in next week Friday where I will interviewing another independent Miami musician.